Yvonne Dittrich

Yvonne Dittrich

Full Professor

IT University of Copenhagen
Rued Langgaards Vej 7
DK-2300 Copenhagen S

Building: 4F31-4T101

Phone: +45 7218 5177

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Research Group Coordinator

Software Engineering

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Since my time as a student I am interested in use oriented design and development of software. In the last years i especially focussed on the flexible and adaptable software.

Use-orientation cuts across the sub-divisions of software engineering. Process management has to allow for evolution and Participatory Design with users; architectures have to support vertical and horizontal prototyping; requirements are under re-design throughout the life cycle and so on. The product of software development, the processes that lead to it and the context of use respectively its change and development have to be regarded as interlaced domains of reality. Use oriented design has to take all three dimensions into account.

To be able to develop relevant guidelines and methods, I focus in empirical research on the actual work practice of software development. I use qualitative social science methods informed by ethnography and ethnomethodology. Cooperative Method Development uses empirical findings to adapt and further develop methods together with practitioners.

Under the heading 'Design for Change', we looked e.g. at methods, techniques and tools promoting the design of adaptable software that can be tailored to a developing work practice.  Tailorable software brings design to use. It challenges traditional ways to organise software development. Flexible and agile approaches to software processes allow for a interlace of design activities and use. 

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    Research areas

  • Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering, Participatory Design, Designing Evolvable Software Products, End User Development, ICT for Development, Flexible and adaptable software, Global Software Engineering

Research outputs (82)

  1. Published

    Foregrounding Data - An Exploration of how Data can Become an Object of Design.

    Research output: Journal Article or Conference Article in JournalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published
  3. Published

    Proceedings of the 2nd Symposium on Software Engineering in Africa, SEiA@ICSE 2019, Montreal, QC, Canada, May 28, 2019

    Research output: Book / Anthology / Report / Ph.D. thesisAnthologyResearchpeer-review

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Prizes (1)

  1. Distinguished Reviewer Award

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Research Activities (2)

  1. Participatory Design and Sustainability - a literature review of PDC Proceedings

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

  2. International Symposium on End User Development (IS-EUD 2011)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conference

Recent activities and conferences

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