Ruhe, Guenther

Professor, University of Calgary, Canada


Dr. Ruhe received a doctorate rer. nat degree in Mathematics with emphasis on Operations Research from Freiberg University, Germany and a doctorate habil. nat. degree from both the Technical University of Leipzig and University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. He had a visiting professorship at University of Bayreuth in 1991/92 and got an Alexander von Humboldt research fellowship at University of Kaiserslautern in 1992. Ruhe was visiting scientist at the IBM Research Centre in Heidelberg in 1993. From 1996 until 2001 he was deputy director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering Fh IESE, Germany

He holds an Industrial Research Chair in Software Engineering at University of Calgary. This is a joint position between department of Computer Science and department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Ruhe is proud to lead a research team whose primary aim is to establish and demonstrate scientific excellence in the area of software engineering decision support and to collaborate with industry. The area of research is highly relevant, because software and systems decisions are of paramount importance for success in business today. He was a Principal Investigator for various European research projects (CEMP, PROFES, HYPER, SOFTQAULI, KOBRA, CORONET). He has extensive experience in industry collaboration and technology transfer (Allianz, Bosch, City of Calgary, Corel, DaimlerChrysler, Ericsson, Nokia, Nortel, Schlumberger, Siemens, Stonesoft, Trema). Maim research interests are in the areas of Software Engineering Decision Support, Product Release Planning, Software Project and Process Management, Software Quality Management, Empirical Software Engineering, Software Measurement, Learning Software Organizations as well as Modeling and Simulation. The recent book "Product Release Planning: Methods, Tools and Applications", CRC Press 2010, presents methods and tools to apply sound planning to product development and product management.

Dr. Ruhe has organized different international conferences and workshops, has given keynotes at various conferences and is a reviewer for a couple of journals in software engineering, computer science and operations research. He has published more than 155 reviewed research papers at journals, workshops and conferences. He is the Associate editor of the Elsevier Journal Information and Software Technology and a member of the Editorial Board of International Journal on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, Journal on Software Process Improvement and Practice, Journal of Intelligent Decision Technologies, Journal on Intelligent Hybrid Systems, Journal of Cognitive Informatics and Natural Intelligence, and International Series on Advanced Intelligence. He is a TRLabs Scientist and a member of the ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, and the Informatics Society German GI. He was an iCORE Professor from 2002 to 2007 and received the IBM Faculty award in 2008. He was the General Chair for the Empirical Software Engineering International Week ESEIW 2011 in Banff, Canada.

Research areas:

  • Software Engineering Decision Support
  • Software Release Planning
  • COTS Selection
  • Software Project Management
  • Software Quality Management
  • Empirical Software Engineering
  • Software Measurement
  • Learning Software Organizations
  • Modeling and Simulation


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