Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

1. Empirical Software Engineering (Systematic Reviews/Mapping; Mining Software Repositories)
2. Cloud/Edge Computing (Containerisation; Performance Engineering; Edge/Tiny Machine Learning)
3. Cloud-/IoT-native Software Engineering (DevOps; Microservices Architecture; Agile Development at Scale)
4. Software-driven Data Analytics (Data Gravity/Friction Management; Design-time Privacy/Security Preservation)

Our group is seeking self-motivated PhD students. Self-funded PhD candidates, CSC scholarship candidates and visiting PhD students are always welcome. The funding opportunities can be explored via


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Personal profile

Research Interests

My original research background is empirical software engineering. Since my Ph.D. work was part a cloud computing project, my research trajectory and interests closely follow the evolution path of cloud-native software engineering (that extends traditional software engineering to covering the DevOps, cloud, container, and microservice technologies), towards the emerging computing paradigms from mobile cloud computing to edge computing and Internet of Things (IoT). Recently I am involved in two scientific AI projects that both deploy their software infrastructure to the cloud, so I am also interested in the emerging topic software engineering for artificial intelligence (SE4AI).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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