Docent, Dr Eleni Berki – Introduction

Dr Eleni Berki is Docent/Adjunct Professor of Software Quality and Formal Modelling, in the Faculty of Information Technology, at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She is also Senior Consultant for Research and Development and Company Associate for the Software Engineering Education and Quality Management SEEQMA Ltd, R&D services company in Greater London area, London, UK.

Before these, Eleni worked for 13 years (2006-2018) as a Senior Research Fellow and Assistant Professor in Information Systems and Software Development at the University of Tampere, Tampere Finland.

She is an experienced academic and researcher with a proven academic and industrial research background. In addition to her formal education qualifications and international work experience, Eleni is multilingual and has multidisciplinary research knowledge and quality management skills. In particular, she has software quality engineering research and teaching experience gained in diverse scientific and organisational contexts in many countries; mostly in Greece, UK, China and Finland.

Dr Berki has been instrumental in supporting research and teaching achievement and has a consistent history of advancing and achieving shared industrial and organizational research goals. Eleni’s research expertise and knowledge are highly regarded in the international industrial and academic world and software quality engineering community in particular. She has co-authored more than 150 publications and industrial reports with long term social impact, and there exist hundreds of international references and citations to them by other researchers e.g. on cyber-security, creativity, metamodelling, requirements engineering and other.

After completing her PhD research in The UK with research field study in Finland, Dr Berki pursued postdoctoral research through international R&D collaboration for industrial problem solving. She particularly concentrated on providing practical extensions of classic theoretical knowledge of computer science metamodels for increasing the software quality of real world applications. Examples are e.g. the computational processes re-modelling of the industrial processes in paper mills, telecommunications and banking sectors; computational user modelling and cyber-trust; open source software quality and e-health applications, formal specifications and implementations of standards, communication protocols, and other.

Eleni completed the supervision of 8 PhD students and examined 9 PhD researchers. She supervised and examined a few hundreds of BSc and MSc theses projects in Finland, UK and Hong Kong/China. She has been involved in advanced courses/curricula design and evaluation, realising problem-based learning for specific taught subjects (e.g. regarding open source software, information security, learnability, …). Throughout her international work experience with multicultural and multilingual teams Eleni has been a strong supporter of acceptance and tolerance for socio-cognitive and socio-cultural diversity and equal opportunities for all in the academy and society.

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