Institute of Softare Security
Blohmstraße 15, 21079
Hello, I am Emanuele (E-muh-nuh-el-E), Postdoctoral Researcher at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany, and Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at the University of Salerno (UNISA), Italy. In TUHH, I am part of the Institute of Software Security (SoftSec), while in UNISA I was academically raised by Prof. Fabio Palomba and Prof. Andrea De Lucia at the Software Engineering (SeSa) Lab.
I am 100% Salernitan: born in Salerno, grown up in Salerno, went to school in Salerno, graduated in Salerno! I am a proud millenial, born in 1996.
My research revolves around the analysis of software vulnerabilities in the field of Software Maintenance and Evolution. In particular, I am working on mining and generating security tests and exploits for vulnerabilities, as well as automated vulnerability repair. More in general, my research approach consists of empirical methods for dealing with software vulnerabilities, such as building vulnerability prediction models, assessing their risk automatically, and devising new security testing techniques. My research falls within Empirical Software Engineering, a sub-domain of Software Engineering focusing on conducting experiments on software systems and developers.
To summarize, my main research topics are:
Mining Software Repositories & Software Analytics
Machine Learning for Software Engineering
Search-based Software Engineering
I have also worked on side topics like:
Green Software Engineering
Organizational Aspects in Software Engineering
In September 2020, I received the M.Sc. Degree in Computer Science at University of Salerno, defending a thesis on Automatic Exploit Generation of Known Java API vulnerabilities advised by Prof. F. Palomba and Prof. A. De Lucia (110/110 cum laude) . Two years before, In July 2018, I received the B.Sc. Degree in Computer Science at University of Salerno, defending a thesis on Automatic Refactoring of Android-specific Energy Smells advised by Prof. A. De Lucia (110/110 cum laude).
I have always been fond of video games, especially role-playing games (RPG), playing like hours each day. But since my professional life got new perspectives, I had to change my habits, so I had to switch on more flexible hobbies: anime and TV series. My favourite 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.
- Rubbing salt in the wound? A large-scale investigation into the effects of refactoring on securityEmpirical Software Engineering, May 2023
- The Secret Life of Software Vulnerabilities: A Large-Scale Empirical StudyIEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Jan 2023
- Just-in-time software vulnerability detection: Are we there yet?Journal of Systems and Software, Jan 2022
- Toward Automated Exploit Generation for Known Vulnerabilities in Open-Source LibrariesIn 2021 IEEE/ACM 29th International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC), May 2021