Emanuele Iannone

Postdoctoral Researcher at TUHH


Institute of Software Security

Blohmstraße 15, 21079

Hamburg, Germany

Hello, I am Emanuele (/Eh-maa-noo-eh-leh/), Postdoctoral Researcher (Research Assistant) at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany. I am part of the Institute of Software Security (SoftSec), where I work on mining and creating proof of vulnerabilities (e.g., security test cases, exploits, etc.) and developing novel automated vulnerability repair solutions, contributing to the Horizon EU project Sec4AI4Sec.

In February 2024, I earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Salerno (UNISA), Italy. I defended a thesis on software vulnerabilities in the field of Software Maintenance and Evolution (thesis title: There’s Something about Vulnerabilities: Empirical Comprehension and Novel Automated Approaches), supervised (and academically raised) by Prof. Fabio Palomba at the Software Engineering (SeSa) Lab.

My research approach involves employing empirical methods to address software vulnerabilities, such as building vulnerability prediction models, automatically assessing their risk, and devising new security testing techniques. My research falls within Empirical Software Engineering, a sub-domain of Software Engineering that focuses on conducting experiments on software systems and developers.

My main research topics are:

    :bangbang: Mining Software Repositories & Software Analytics
    :bangbang: AI for Software Security Engineering
    :bangbang: Search-based Software Engineering
    :bangbang: Software Reengineering

I have also worked on topics like:

    :exclamation: Green Software Engineering
    :exclamation: Program Comprehension
    :exclamation: Organizational Aspects in Software Engineering

In September 2020, I earned an M.Sc. Degree in Computer Science at the University of Salerno, defending a thesis on Automated Exploit Generation of Known Java API vulnerabilities advised by Prof. F. Palomba and Prof. A. De Lucia (110/110 cum laude). Two years earlier, In July 2018, I earned an B.Sc. Degree in Computer Science at the University of Salerno, defending a thesis on Automated Refactoring of Android-specific Energy Smells advised by Prof. A. De Lucia (110/110 cum laude).

I am 100% Salernitan. I was born in Salerno, grew up there, and attended school there. I am a proud millennial, born in 1996. I have always been fond of video games, especially role-playing games (RPG), and I used to play them for hours each day. But since my professional life has given me new perspectives, I have had to change my habits and switch to more flexible hobbies: anime and TV series. My favorite video game series are Final Fantasy and Pokémon, and I am a great fan of Attack on Titan and Jojo’s Bizzare Adventures TV show.

Contact me at: <first-name>.<last-name>@tuhh.de

Selected Publications


  1. Early and Realistic Exploitability Prediction of Just-Disclosed Software Vulnerabilities: How Reliable Can It Be?
    ACM Trans. Softw. Eng. Methodol., Mar 2024
    Just Accepted


  1. TSE
    The Secret Life of Software Vulnerabilities: A Large-Scale Empirical Study
    Emanuele Iannone, Roberta Guadagni, Filomena FerrucciAndrea De Lucia, and Fabio Palomba
    IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Jan 2023


  1. JSS
    Just-in-time software vulnerability detection: Are we there yet?
    Journal of Systems and Software, Jan 2022