Andy Zaidman new chair of Software Technology
Starting January 1st, Andy Zaidman will assume the role of chair of the Software Technology (ST) department at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science (EEMCS) of TU Delft. Zaidman succeeds Arie van Deursen, who has successfully worked on the positioning and growth of the department over the past eight years.
Andy Zaidman, a professor of software engineering, focuses his research on improving software quality. He studies how to better test software, considering both technical and human aspects. He emphasizes the importance of robust software, given our heavy reliance on it, and points out the impact of software errors on both economic and safety levels. Zaidman notes that software is often released with errors due to insufficient testing, caused by a lack of attention to testing, a lack of knowledge, or insufficient time scheduled for quality control.
One of his research directions is the use of AI in testing, aiming to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the testing process. Specifically, he looks at how AI-generated tests can be made more understandable for developers. “Improving software quality is something that concerns every software engineer, so we must pull together to ensure that in a world where software and AI play an increasingly important role, we can rely on software,” Zaidman explains.
Specially the energy that comes from the continuous flow of ideas about the future of computer science and education, I enjoy that every day.Andy Zaidman
Zaidman has been involved with ST for more than sixteen years, in various roles ranging from chair of the examination committee to program director of the bachelor's program. "What still strikes me after all these years, and what largely explains why I enjoy working at TU Delft so much, is the energy within the department," he noted. “Especially the energy that comes from the continuous flow of ideas about the future of computer science and education, I enjoy that every day." Zaidman looks forward to his new role within the department with great enthusiasm, where collaboration is central. "Everyone counts, that's why I'm always open to the ideas and insights of everyone," he emphasized. He expresses gratitude to everyone for their trust, and specifically to his predecessor, Arie van Deursen, for his excellent leadership over the last eight years.
Andy Zaidman's expertise and vision in the field of software development align perfectly with the ambitions of our faculty.Lucas van Vliet
Lucas van Vliet, dean of the EEMCS faculty, is pleased with Zaidman's willingness to lead the ST department. “Andy Zaidman's expertise and vision in the field of software development align perfectly with the ambitions of our faculty, where we contribute to a robust digital society and responsible use of AI technology. As the former program director of the Computer Science and Engineering bachelor's program, he has demonstrated his ability to solve complex issues while maintaining quality and job satisfaction. The ST department has experienced a lot growth in recent years and is well-positioned to achieve scientific breakthroughs and societal impact. I wish Andy much success in this.”
The Software Technology department consists of a diverse team of 250 researchers, teachers, and support staff. The team is dedicated to the design, engineering, and analysis of complex, distributed, and data-intensive software and computer systems. With active research in areas such as Artificial Intelligence and the Internet-of-Things, the department is at the forefront of building and improving our digital society. The department strives to make our digital environment not only more efficient and advanced but also to ensure that the essence of what makes us human is preserved.