Her primary research interest is on quantitative and qualitative research in Empirical Software Engineering, with a special focus on software product and process improvement. She has a lot of experiences in designing and conducting Systematic Literature Reviews. She is currently working on prioritizing refactoring tasks, so as to focus on the most “harmful” issues to reduce technical debt in SMEs. Moreover, she is also investigating code smells and architectural smells, so as to understand if they should be removed or not.
She obtained her Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2015 at University of Insubria (Como – Italy) working on data-driven effort estimation models for software processes. Moreover, during her Ph.D. She was visiting Researcher at the University of Kaiserslautern and Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) for 8 months, working on Empirical Software Engineering in Embedded Software and Agile projects. From 2015 until 2017, she was Research Assistant at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy) working on Empirical Software Engineering.
Valentina also has industrial experience. She was one of the co-founders of Opensoftengineering, a spin-off company of the University of Insubria (Italy) in 2011 where she worked as software analyst and on technology transfer. In 2017, she co-found Trippydu, an innovative start-up in Bolzano-Bozen to foster the technology transfer activities in Bolzano.
Living on Dolomites Alps for few years, Valentina get addicted with mountain activities: snowshoeing, trekking, climbing and skiing.