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TESTOMAT Success Story The ITEA board (a European Research organisation) wrote a “success story ” on the TESTOMAT project where I served as work-package leader.
Simplifying Software Complexity I was invited in 2016 by Research Media Ltd to write a high-profile article about the “in vivo” research we do here in Antwerp. Quite an interesting read …


Software Evolution
Tom Mens and Serge Demeyer (editors), "Software Evolution, " Springer-Verlag, 2008.
An overview of the current research topics in Software Evolution, written by the leading European researchers in the field.
Object-oriented reengineering PatternsObject-oriented reengineering Patterns
Serge Demeyer, Stéphane Ducasse and Oscar Nierstrasz, "Object-Oriented Reengineering Patterns," Morgan-Kaufman, 2003.
The original edition was published by Morgan Kaufmann in 2003, and is now out-of-print. The copyright has reverted to the authors, and we are now making this volume available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license.
You can download the book as a free PDF, or you can order it as a print-on-demand softcover book from


Serge Demeyer is a professor at the University of Antwerp (Department of Mathematics and Computer Science) and part of the ANSYMO (Antwerp System Modelling) research group. He directs a research lab investigating the theme of "Software Reengineering" (LORE - Lab On REengineering). In 2007 he received a "Best teacher" award from the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Antwerp. As a consequence he remains very active in all matters related to teaching quality.

His main research interest concerns software reengineering, more specifically the evolution of object-oriented software systems. He is an active member of the corresponding international research communities, serving in various conference organization and program committees. The University of Antwerp hosted a number of influential scientific conferences among others the 15th edition of the "Working Conference on Reverse Engineering" (WCRE) in September 2008; the 25th edition of the renowned "Automated Software Engineering Conference" (ASE) in September 2010 and (last but not least) the "Software Evolution Week" (CSMR-WCRE 2013) in February 2013. He has written a book entitled "Object-Oriented Reengineering" and edited a book on "Software Evolution". He also authored numerous peer reviewed articles, many of them in highly respected scientific journals. He completed his M.Sc. in 1987 and his Ph.D. in 1996, both at the "Vrije Universiteit Brussel". After his Ph.D., he worked for three years in Switzerland, where he served as a technical co-ordinator of an European research project. Switzerland remains near and dear to his heart, witness the sabbatical leave during 2009-2010 at the University of Zürich in the research group SEAL.

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preferred way of contact (disguised to discourage web-spiders): serge.demeyer(a)

office: Room 1G.06b (check [How to get to the Middelheim Campus]).
Normally, I am in between 9.30 am and 17.00 pm.
If you want to be sure, make an appointment over e-mail.

phone: +32 (0)3 265 39 08
fax: +32 (0)3 265 37 77


Universiteit Antwerpen (UA)
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Middelheimlaan 1,


Normally, I teach at least the following courses


My main field of research is Software Engineering, with a special interest in Reengineering and in Object-Oriented Development. Due to historical reasons, I maintain a heavy interest in Hypermedia, although I don't do any active research in that area anymore.

The last decade I supervised a significant amount of PhD students, served in numerous PhD committees and reviewed a countless number of papers. I have condensed all my experience in a Tutorial entitled "Research Methods in Computer Science" which has been taught at a few recent software engineering conferences (ASE 2010, ICSM 2011). All material regarding that tutorial can be found at

To read more on my research check out It's probably also worthwhile to check out the web-sites of the research groups I am participating in.


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