(Last update: August, 2018)

Brief timeline

  • 2017.. – Associate Professor, Northern Arizona University (NAU)
  • 2013-2014 – Visiting Professor, University of California, Irvine (UCI)
  • 2013-2016 – Associate Professor, University of São Paulo (USP)
  • 2008-2013 – Assistant Professor, University of São Paulo (USP)
  • 2002-2006 – Ph.D. in Computer Science (PUC-Rio)
  • 2000-2002 – M.Sc. in Computer Science (PUC-Rio)
  • 1995-1999 – B.Sc. in Computer Engineering (UFES)


It all started at the age of 10, when I learned how to program on a TK-90X, developing software for a company owned by a friend's mother. Back then, I recognized the difficulties of developing real systems. The complexity of the task challenged me, and I decided I would work with computers for the rest of my life, investigating better ways of developing software and using them to enhance people capacities. In 1999, I graduated from a Computer Engineering course at the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES), Brazil, where I made my first contact with the Web, a technology that I fell in love with, mainly because of its potential for connecting people and changing the world. I pursed my master's degree and Ph.D. at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). For my doctoral dissertation, I proposed a component-based architecture to support the engineering of web-based collaborative systems. After my Ph.D., I worked in a teaching-oriented college for 2 years and then I moved to the University of São Paulo (USP), where I stayed from 2008 to 2016. In 2017, I moved to the USA as an Associate Professor at the Northern Arizona University (NAU), where I currently develop my teaching and research activities.

More formal bio (for talks etc.)

Dr. Gerosa is an Associate Professor at the Northern Arizona University. He researches Software Engineering and CSCW. Recent projects include the development of tools and strategies to support newcomers onboarding to open source software communities and the design of chatbots for tourism. He published more than 200 papers, and his production has an impact factor of 29 (Google Scholar). He serves on the program committee (PC) of important conferences, such as FSE, CSCW, SANER, and MSR, and as a reviewer for several journals. Moreover, he served as the PC Chair of IEEE ICGSE and CRIWG and as a co-editor of several journals special issues. He graduated 4 Ph.D. and 12 M.Sc. students and has more than 16 years of teaching experience. For more information, visit

Keywords: human aspects of software engineering, open software software, mining software repositories, collaborative learning, chatbots

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