Claes Wohlin - A brief CV

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Claes Wohlin is an Emeritus Professor of Software Engineering at Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden. In 2011, he was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. In 2019, he was appointed Emeritus Editor for the Journal of Information and Software Technology after serving as Editor-in-Chief and Editor for 17 years. Claes Wohlin has been appointed as a board member for the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research since October 16, 2020.

Claes Wohlin served as Dean for the Faculty of Computing for five years (2014-2018), Pro-Vice-Chancellor for six years (2004-2010) and the first Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Education at Blekinge Institute of Technology in 2002. Before joining BTH in 2000, he held professor chairs at Linköping (appointed in 1997) and Lund (appointed in 1998) Universities. The chair at Linköping University was the first professorship in Sweden to focus on large-scale software development (i.e. software engineering). He has held a Visiting Professor position at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg (2005-2008), been a Professorial Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia (2009-2011) and a Guest Professor at Shandong University at Weihai in China (2013-2016). Furthermore, he has five years of industrial experience and continues to work very closely with the industry while in academia.

Professor Claes Wohlin received a PhD in Communication Systems from Lund University in 1991. His research interests include empirical methods in software engineering, software metrics, software quality, requirements engineering and systematic learning and improvement in software engineering. Claes Wohlin is the principal author of the book Experimentation in Software Engineering: An Introduction (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000) and the new and revised version published by Springer in 2012 with the title Experimentation in Software Engineering. The book was released in Chinese in October 2015. He is also an author of a textbook on software engineering in Swedish (Studentlitteratur, 2005). He is the co-editor of three books on knowledge management, requirements engineering and project management, respectively. In total, he has more than 240 international publications. His h-index in Google Scholar is 65, with the book on experimentation having more than 9 100 citations, and he has more than 190 articles with ten citations or more. The total number of citations to his work exceeds 28 100 in Google Scholar.

Professor Claes Wohlin served as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Information and Software Technology (published by Elsevier) between 2008-2015, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal between 2002-2007 and Special Content Editor (in particular responsible for special issues and special sections) between 2016-2018. Furthermore, he served on the editorial board of three other journals: Software Quality Journal (2002-2018), Requirements Engineering Journal  (2005-2018) and Empirical Software Engineering: An International Journal (2002-2012).

Claes Wohlin received the prestigious Telenor Nordic Research Prize in 2004 for his achievements in software engineering and improving reliability for telecommunication systems.

Based on his publication record, Claes Wohlin is listed as one of the top ten authors with the highest contributions to the software engineering literature in the time period 1971-2012 in an article published in Scientometrics in October 2014.  

On several occasions, he has been ranked among the top 15 systems and software engineering scholars by the Journal of Systems and Software for his contributions to publications in the leading software engineering journals. Prof. Claes Wohlin is ranked in the following time periods 1998-2002 (No. 14), 1999-2003 (No. 10), 2002-2006 (No. 8), 2003-2007 (No. 9), and finally, 2010-2017 (No. 11) in the experienced researcher category. Furthermore, he is listed as number 8 in terms of impact (citations) among the experienced researchers for the time period 2010-2017. He is also listed as fifth for his contributions to experimentation in software engineering from 1993 to 2002 in an article in Transactions on Software Engineering in September 2005. In addition, he has been instrumental in the ranking of Lund University (12th in the period 1999-2003) and Blekinge Institute of Technology (11th in the period 2002-2006, 5th in the period 2003-2007, 6th in the period 2004-2008 and 6th in the period 2010-2017) among the top 15 institutions in the Journal of Systems and Software based on journal publications in the leading software engineering journals.

Prof. Claes Wohlin has advised 24 PhD students to a doctoral degree; seven are now full professors at different universities. Furthermore, three former PhD students are ranked in the latest ranking published by the Journal of Systems and Software for the time period 2010-2017. Moreover, he has three academic grandchildren on the ranking list. In total, approximately 120 researchers are named in the article in the Journal of Systems and Software.

A more extensive CV can be found here.

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