Institute of Software Security
Blohmstraße 15, 21079
Hello, I am Emanuele (E-muh-nuh-el-E), Predoctoral 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 at UNISA I was academically raised by Prof. Fabio Palomba and Prof. Andrea De Lucia at the Software Engineering (SeSa) Lab.
I am 100% Salernitan: I was born in Salerno, grew up in Salerno, went to school in Salerno, and graduated in Salerno! I am a proud millennial, born in 1996.
My research revolves around analyzing 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 and automated vulnerability repair. My approach to research consists of employing 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 the 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 a B.Sc. Degree in Computer Science at the 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 for hours daily. But since my professional life got new perspectives, I had to change my habits, so I had to 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 shows.
Contact me at:
- 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