Rebekka Wohlrab

Rebekka Wohlrab

Postdoctoral Researcher in Software Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University

About me

I am a postdoctoral researcher in Software Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, where I am part of the ABLE Research Group. Before starting at CMU, I was affiliated with Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, where I also received my PhD. My research is supported by a WASP Postdoctoral Scholarship by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

I am interested in software architecture, continuous software engineering, requirements engineering, and self-adaptive systems. I have developed the concept of Living Boundary Objects, which focuses on documents or models that support coordination between multidisciplinary teams and create a common understanding in large-scale systems development. Many of my studies have been performed in collaboration with automotive companies.

You can reach me at wohlrab@cmu.edu

Recent News

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[March 2021] ICSA was a lot of fun. We had great discussions on our two papers and I chaired an interesting session on architecture evolution. I also got an award for being the best Skribbl.io player at the conference - what an honor! :)

[January 2021] We got an ICSA paper accepted: Aligning Architecture with Business Goals in the Automotive Domain.

[January 2021] Our submission of a journal-first paper to ICSA has been accepted. Stay tuned for our upcoming presentation on Why and How Your Traceability Should Evolve: Insights from an Automotive Supplier, published in IEEE Software.

[January 2021] I have accepted to serve as the proceedings chair for SEAMS'22. We’ll be looking forward to your submissions to the 17th Symposium on Software Engineering for Adaptive and Self-Managing Systems 2022.

[January 2021] Our paper on Defining Utility Functions for Multi-Stakeholder Self-Adaptive Systems got accepted to the International Working Conference on Requirement Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality (REFSQ'21). Preprint here.

Work Experience and Education

 
 
 
 
 

Postdoctoral Researcher in Software Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University

Aug 2020 – Present Pittsburgh, USA
Research position funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
Development of Runtime Boundary Objects, focusing on self-adaptive systems and software architecture
Main collaborator: David Garlan
 
 
 
 
 

PhD in Computer Science and Engineering

Chalmers University of Technology

Apr 2016 – Apr 2020 Gothenburg, Sweden
Thesis: Living Boundary Objects to Support Agile Inter-Team Coordination at Scale
Advisors: Patrizio Pelliccione and Eric Knauss
 
 
 
 
 

Application Engineer/Business Analyst

Systemite AB

Apr 2016 – Apr 2020 Gothenburg, Sweden
Elicitation and analysis of customers' requirements, configuration of the information management solution SystemWeaver, (meta-)modeling, user support, trainings and workshops on metamodeling. Long-term collaboration with Volvo Car Corporation, Volvo Group Trucks Technology, and Zenuity AB
 
 
 
 
 

Master of Science (Computer Science)

Paderborn University

Oct 2013 – Mar 2016 Paderborn, Germany
 
 
 
 
 

Bachelor’s thesis worker and student intern

ABB Corporate Research, Software Architecture Group

Mar 2013 – Jul 2013 Västerås, Sweden
Creation and execution of a method to elicit performance requirements in ABB’s Robotics business unit. Resulting publication at RE'14: Experience of pragmatically combining RE methods for performance requirements in industry
 
 
 
 
 

Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)

Paderborn University

Oct 2010 – Sep 2013 Paderborn, Germany

Awards and Honors

since 2017

Wallenberg Foundation and WASP International Postdoctoral Scholarship

Wallenberg Foundation and WASP International Postdoctoral Scholarship at Carnegie Mellon University

Best Paper Award at PROFES'19

Best Paper Award for our paper Challenges of Scaled Agile for Safety-Critical Systems, co-authored with Jan-Philipp Steghöfer, Eric Knauss, and Jennifer Horkoff

Best Paper Award at ICSA'19

Best Paper Award for our paper Improving the Consistency and Usefulness of Architecture Descriptions: Guidelines for Architects, co-authored with Ulf Eliasson, Patrizio Pelliccione, Rogardt Heldal

Best Paper Award at ICSSP'18 (Research Track)

Best Paper Award for our paper Boundary Objects in Agile Practices: Continuous Management of Systems Engineering Artifacts in the Automotive, co-authored with Patrizio Pelliccione, Eric Knauss, and Mats Larsson

SIGSOFT CAPS award

Merit-based travel grant for attending ICSE'17 (1200 USD)

Service

Activities in the Research Community

Program Committee Member and Reviewer

  • Program Committee Member, ICSA'21

  • Program Committee Member, ICSSP/ICGSE 2021

  • Program Committee Member, ICSSP/ICGSE Doctoral Symposium 2021

  • Program Committee Member, RE@Next! Track at RE'21

  • Program Committee Member, Automotive Software Engineering Workshop ‘21

  • Program Committee Member, ICSSP'20

  • Program Committee Member, ICSSP'19

  • Sub-Reviewer, REFSQ'18

  • Reviewer, Communications of the ACM

  • Reviewer, IEEE Software

  • Reviewer, Empirical Software Engineering Journal

  • Reviewer, Journal of Software: Evolution and Process

Conference Organization

  • Proceedings Chair at SEAMS'22
  • Publicity & Social Media Chair at RE'21
  • Student Volunteers Chair, SPLC'18
  • Student Volunteer, ICSE'18, ICSE'17, ICSA'17, and SPLC'17

Publications

(2021). Aligning Architecture with Business Goals in the Automotive Domain. IEEE International Conference on Software Architecture (ICSA 2021).

(2021). Defining Utility Functions for Multi-Stakeholder Self-Adaptive Systems. 27th International Working Conference on Requirement Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality.

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(2020). Charting Coordination Needs in Large-Scale Agile Organisations with Boundary Objects and Methodological Islands. International Conference on Software and System Processes (ICSSP).

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(2020). Collaborative traceability management: a multiple case study from the perspectives of organization, process, and culture. Requirements Engineering.

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Contact

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You can reach me at wohlrab@cmu.edu