Dr. Vahid Garousi

Associate Professor of Software Engineering
Software Engineering Research Group (HUSE)
Department of Computer Engineering
Hacettepe University
Ankara, Turkey

+90 (312) 297-7500 x.128

Room #106, Department of Computer Engineering building

Office hours for 2017:

Tuesdays 2-3 pm, and Wednesdays, 11-12 noon



Research Expertise

  • Software Engineering
  • Software Testing, and Software Test Engineering
  • Software Quality Assurance
  • Software Requirements, Software Maintenance and Software Documentation
  • Empirical Studies and Experimentation in Software Engineering
  • Search-based Software Engineering (SBSE)
  • Software Engineering Education (SEEd) Research: Testing Education in particular

Open Positions for MSc/PhD students (posted on: Fall 2016)

  • There are several exciting open positions for MSc/PhD students in my team
  • Funding is available in some projects for top students
  • Contact me for details
  • Projects are usually in collaborations with the software industry and usually joint with international collaborators
  • Selected projects are:
    • Software test-code engineering: Developing, verifying and maintaining high-quality automated test scripts
    • Measurement, assessment and improvement of software testing maturity
    • Learning and information needs of test engineers


Current courses

Courses previously taught

Work Experience

  • Feb. 2015– present
    • Associate Professor
      Department of Computer Engineering
      Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
  • Jan. 2014– Feb. 2015
  • January– Dec. 2013
    • Visiting Associate Professor
      Graduate School of Informatics
      Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey
  • Sept. 2006 – May 2014
    • Associate Professor of Software Engineering (tenured)
      Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
      University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
      Team leader of the Software Quality Engineering Research Group (SoftQual)
      Associate Professor (April 2010– May 2014), sabbatical leave (the entire year of 2013)
      Assistant Professor (September 2006 – April 2010)
      Recipient of the prestigious Alberta Ingenuity New Faculty award (June 2007-June 2010)
  • Sept. 2008 – Dec. 2013
    • Founder, Managing Director and Senior Software Consultant
      Maral Software Engineering, Consulting and R&D Corporation
      Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Personal Biography

I was born in Miyana, a.k.a. Miyaneh, located in the Azerbaijan province of Iran. If you want to learn about this city, here is Miyana in Wikipedia, a photo gallery and Miyana in Google Maps. I lived in Iran until I was 22 and then immigrated to Canada. I am dual Iranian-Canadian citizen. In early 2013, I relocated from Canada to Turkey.

I have four ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Being a native Azerbaijani, I have lived in and happily adapted Turkish (also Turkic), Iranian and Canadian cultures. I am fluent in four languages: Azerbaijani (mother tongue), English, Turkish, Farsi and have basic command of German, French and Arabic.

Full CV

Consulting and Industrial Activities