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Hausi A. Müller

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Professor, Associate Dean Research, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Faculty of Engineering
Department of Computer Science
University of Victoria


Last updated
November 2010



My main area of teaching and research is software engineering.

BSEng: Bachelor of Software Engineering

I was the founding Director of the Bachelor of Software Engineering (BSEng) degree program in the Faculty of Engineering (2003-07) and the chief architect of the BSENG curriculum (2002-07).


Together with my research group at the University of Victoria and in collaboration with IBM Canada, CA Canada, SAVI NSERC Strategic Research Network, Canadian Consortium for Software Engineering Research (CSER),and the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI), I investigate methods, models, architectures, techniques, and feedback loops for autonomic, self-managing, self-adaptive, diagnosis, and SOA governance systems. In 2006 I received the IBM Faculty Fellow of the Year Award and the CSER Outstanding Leadership Award. My research is sponsored by NSERC, CSER, IBM Corporation, CA Inc., and the University of Victoria.


I am a principal investigator in the NSERC Strategic Research Network for Smart Applications on Virtual Infrastructure (SAVI). The main research goal of the SAVI Network is to address the design of future applications platforms built on a flexible, versatile and evolvable infrastructure that can readily deploy, maintain, and retire the large-scale, possibly short-lived, distributed applications that will be typical in the future applications marketplace. The SAVI partnership involves investigators from nine Canadian universities and 13 companies bringing together expertise in networking, cloud computing, applications, and business.


I am Chair of IEEE Computer Society’s Technical Council on Software Engineering (TCSE). TCSE serves a valuable role in the international software engineering community for academic researchers and industry professionals. Its portfolio includes over 25 software engineering conferences and workshops. Key priorities of TCSE include strong support for its publications, conferences, and workshops; leadership in software engineering education and international outreach; an active role in public policy issues; and good relations with other software engineering societies and regional associations.

Tool Building Experience

Over the last 25 years, we accumulated significant software engineering research tool building experience. This experience is distilled in the dissertations of Holger Kienle and Kenny Wong. Jochen Stier developed Geist3D, a visualization engine for simulating mechatronics systems during his PhD studies. Johannes Martin's dissertation produced Ephedra, a C/C++ to Java software transformation environment based on our experience with IBM transforming PL/IX programs to C++. The ACRE project produced a series of reverse engineering tools built on commercial products, including Visio, Lotus Notes, Excel, Adobe GoLive, and SVG. During her PhD studies Peggy Storey developed the first version of the highly acclaimed SHriMP visualization system. For his dissertation, Kenny Wong distilled the experiences gained in our reverse engineering projects with IBM CAS into the Reverse Engineering Notebook. Our most famous system is Rigi, which evolved from a programming-in-the-large tool to an end-user programmable environment for software reverse engineering, exploration, visualization, and redocumentation.

Industrial Experience

My industrial experience includes consultancies and research projects with IBM Toronto (1991-present), SEI (1995-present), CA Canada Inc. (2005-present), SAP Business Objects (2005-present), Klocwork Solutions (1998-2004), and other companies. I was the founding president of Hypersystems Technologies Inc. (1997-2001). I gathered much of my motivation for software engineering research while developing power control, supervision, and distribution systems at ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB) in Switzerland (1979-82).


My spouse, Dr. Ulrike Stege, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Victoria. I enjoy hiking and traveling with Ulrike, skiing with my children Curtis and Brian, singing and guitar playing at CSER meetings, Dagstuhl seminars, and Victoria Swiss Society events, and playing soccer with my Gorden Head team.




IBM CAS Synergy Award 2006
IBM CAS NSERC Leo Derikx Synergy Award 2006
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Computing Pioneers 2005
Pioneers of Computing in Canada 2005
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WCRE Soccer Tournament 2006
WCRE 2006 Soccer Tournament, Benevento, Italy
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Ulrike and Hausi in Maui 2007
Maui, Hawai'i 2007
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Skiing Mt. Washington 2006
Skiing at Mt. Washington, BC, 2006
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Skiing Lake Louise 2007
Skiing at Lake Louise, Alberta, 2007
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