I was born in Treviso (Italy) in 1968. I received
my degree cum laude in Electronics Engineering from the
University of Padova
in 1992, with a thesis in the field of neural networks.
In 1994 I joined the Software Engineering group
In 1999 I received my PhD degree in Software Engineering from the
University of Padova,
with the thesis Code Analysis in Support to Software Maintenance.
Now I am head of the
Software Engineering (SE) Research Unit at
Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK).
I have received the
ICSE MIP (Most Influential Paper)
award in 2011 for the
Filippo Ricca and Paolo Tonella,
Analysis and Testing of Web Applications, ICSE 2001.
I have been ranked among the top-50 Software
Engineering scholars in an article published by the Communications of the ACM
(vol. 50, n. 6, pp. 81-85, June 2007).
I have been recognized as a
distinguished TOSEM referee several times in recent years (including 2011-2012).
My key contributions to the research in software engineering include:
a comprehensive reverse engineering method for object oriented software ;
pioneering research on model extraction for web testing ; and
foundational work on evolutionary testing of object oriented software .
My current research interests include
reverse engineering, program analysis, (web/search based) testing.
More details are available in my
I teach Security Testing at the University of Trento, MSc degree in Computer Science.
Paolo Tonella and Alessandra Potrich,
Reverse Engineering of Object Oriented Code.
Springer, New York, USA. 2005.
F. Ricca and P. Tonella,
"Analysis and Testing of Web Applications",
Proc. of ICSE'2001,
International Conference on Software Engineering,
pp. 25-34, Toronto, Canada, May 12-19, 2001.
Evolutionary Testing of Classes ,
Proc. of the International Symposium on
Software Testing and Analysis (ISSTA) ,
pp. 119-128, Boston, MA, USA, July 2004.
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email: tonella AT fbk.eu