EmadEmad Shihab is an Assistant Professor and Concordia Research Chair in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Concordia University. He received his PhD from Queen’s University. Dr. Shihab’s research interests are in Software Quality Assurance, Mining Software Repositories, Technical Debt, Mobile Applications and Software Architecture. He worked as a software research intern at Research In Motion in Waterloo, Ontario and Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. Dr. Shihab regularly serves on the programming committee of Software Engineering conferences and journals such as MSR, ICSME, ICPC, SANER, OSS, TSE and EMSE. More information can be found at


DSC_0564Akinori Ihara received his M.E. degree (2009) and (2012) from Nara Institute of Science and Technology. He is an Assistant Professor at Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) in Japan. His research interests include empirical software engineering, open source software engineering, social software engineering and mining software repositories (MSR). His work has been published at premier venues like ICSE, MSR, and ISSRE. He served as organizer to a number of events related to Mining Software Repositories (MSR) such as MSR Asia Summit. He served on the programming committee of software engineering conferences and journals such as ICGSE, MSR, SANER, TSE and EMSE.