Arif Ali Khan

Associate Professor (Tenure Track), Docent (Adjunct Professor)
Software Engineering

Empirical Software Engineering in Software, Systems and Services
Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Arif Ali Khan works as an Associate Professor in the M3S Unit of Empirical Software Engineering in Software, Systems, and Services at the University of Oulu, Finland. Previously, he served as a faculty member in the Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland and College of Computer Science and Technology at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. He earned a BS degree in software engineering from the University of Science and Technology in Bannu, Pakistan and an MSc degree in information technology from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia. He obtained his PhD in software engineering from the Department of Computer Science at City University of Hong Kong. Khan has participated in and managed numerous empirical software engineering-related research projects. His areas of expertise include software process improvement, global software development, multi-criteria decision analysis, DevOps, quantum software architecture, microservices architecture, AI ethics, agile software development, requirements change management, soft computing, and evidence-based software engineering. He actively conducts publication-based research workshops, serves as a guest editor for major software engineering journals, and edits software engineering research books. He has published over 80 articles in peer-reviewed software engineering conferences and journals.

Research interests

  • Quantum Software Engineering, Software Process Improvement, Multi-criteria Decision Analysis, DevOps, Microservices Architecture, AI Ethics, Agile Software Development, Soft Computing, Evidence-based Software Engineering

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Arif Khan

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M3S Empirical Software Engineering Research Unit,
Office No: TS231

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P.O.Box(PL) 4500
FI-90014 Oulu