Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University

Staff Profile

Ipek Ozkaya

Ipek Ozkaya

Senior Member of Technical Staff - Principal Researcher

Key Responsibilities

Ipek Ozkaya works to develop, apply, and communicate effective methods for software architecture and agile and iteratire development to improve software development efficiency. At the SEI she is the deputy lead for the Architecture Practices (AP) initiative.

Professional Background

Ipek Ozkaya is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Her primary interests include developing techniques for improving software development efficiency and system evolution with an emphasis on software architecture practices, software economics, and agile development. Her most recent research focuses on building the theoretical and empirical foundations of managing technical debt in large-scale, complex software intensive systems.  In addition, as part of her responsibilities she works with government and industry organizations to improve their software architecture practices.  Ozkaya serves as the chair of the advisory board of the IEEE Software magazine and as an adjunct faculty member for the Master of Software Engineering Program at Carnegie Mellon University. She holds doctorate and masters degrees in Computational Design from Carnegie Mellon University.

Publications (recent or significant)

Selected Recent Publications:

Robert L. Nord, Ipek Ozkaya, Raghvinder S. Sangwan, Ronald J. Koontz. "Architecture Dependency Analysis to Understand Rework Costs for Safety-Critical Systems." ICSE, Hyderabad, India, May-June 2014.

Stephany Bellomo, Robert L. Nord, Ipek Ozkaya. "A Study of Enabling Factors for Rapid Fielding: Combined Practices to Balance Speed and Stability." 35th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2013). San Francisco, CA, May 2013. IEEE. 2013.

Robert L. Nord, Ipek Ozkaya, Raghvinder S. Sangwan, Julien Delange, Marco González, and Philippe Kruchten. "Variations on Using Propagation Cost to Measure Architecture Modifiability Properties." 29th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance, September 22-28, 2013, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Philippe Kruchten, Robert L. Nord, Ipek Ozkaya. "Technical Debt: From Metaphor to Theory and Practice." IEEE Software, Nov/Dec, 2012.

Robert L. Nord, Ipek Ozkaya, and Raghvinder S. Sangwan. "Making Architecture Visible to Improve Flow Management in Lean Software Development." IEEE Software, Special Issue on Lean Software Development (Sept/Oct 2012).

Nanette Brown, Robert Nord, Ipek Ozkaya, and Manuel Pais. "Analysis and Management of Architectural Dependencies in Iterative Release Planning."  9th Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture (WICSA). Boulder, CO, June 2011. IEEE, 2011.

Nanette Brown, Yanfang Cai, Yuepo Guo, Rick Kazman, Miryung Kim, Phillippe Kruchten, Erin Lim, Alan McCormack, Robert Nord, Ipek Ozkaya, Raghvinder Sangwan, Carolyn Seaman, Kevin Sullivan, Nico Zazworka. "Managing Technical Debt in Software-Reliant Systems." FSE/SDP Workshop on the Future of Software Engineering Research (FoSER), Santa Fe, NM, November, 2010.


Current Professional Activities

Journal Boards and Editorship:

Upcoming Conferences and Events:

  • Program Committee Co-Chair, CompArch Quality of Software Architectures - QoSA 2015, May 4-8, 2015 Montreal, Canada
  • Program Committee Member,  ICSE 2015 Software Engineering in Practice, May 16-24, Firenze, Italy
  • Program Committee Member, IEEE SANER 2015 - 22nd IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution, and Reengineering

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