Computer Science

Faculty of Engineering, LTH

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Elizabeth Bjarnason

I work as a senior lecturer in the Software Engineering Research Group (SERG) at the Department of Computer Science, Lund University, Sweden. Most of my research is currently done within the Industrial Excellence Centre for Embedded Applications Software Engineering (EASE), in particular within Theme E - Decision Support for Testing (previously: Theme D – Aligning Requirements and Verification Project D.1). I am also involved in the WASP project, in the cluster focusing on software engineering for smart systems where I supervise a PhD student working on Continuous Experimentation. During 2016/17 I was part of a cross-disciplinary project - named Digiwork  - considering the implications of digitalisation on work and organisation.

My main research interests are collaboration and communication within large software engineering projects, and the role of software engineering within the digitalisation of work life. My research has focused on requirements communication, and the alignment of Requirements Engineering (RE) and Testing, for both traditional and agile software development. 

I primarily use qualitative empirical research methods (interviews, observations, document studies etc.) in close collaboration with industry. I am also interested in theory generation through structured analysis of empirical data. My preference is applied research, and I have designed two methods for supporting software development organisation assessing and improving on their collaboration and communication: Evidence-Based Timeline Retrospectives (EBTR) and Gap Finder.

I am one of co-initiators of the International workshop series on RE and Testing that has been held yearly since 2014. 


The major part of my career has been spent as a software engineer at Sony Mobile Communication in Lund (previously Ericsson Mobile and Sony Ericsson Mobile). Through my 15 years at Sony I have worked in several roles, namely developer, project manager, requirements engineer, process engineer and internal trainer. In 2010 I went back to academia to “do some research” which resulted in my PhD thesis on Integrated RE in Nov 2013, and now I continue with research and teaching within software engineering at Lund University.


I teach the following courses:

  • Business aspects of software development including legal, ethical, and project management (ETSF25 Business of Software)
  • Requirements Engineering (ETSN15, was: ETS170)

I also supervise MSc students within software engineering, in particular with connections to software processes and collaboration, requirements communication, agile development, softer aspects of software development. Contact me to discuss potential MSc projects.

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Box 118, SE-221 00 Lund


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