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Michaela Greiler

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phone: +31 15 27 86338
fax: +31 15 2786632
email: m.s.greiler (at) tudelft (dot) nl
Delft University of Technology
Department of Software Technolgy
Software Engineering Research Group


  • My PhD dissertation is available here:


I am Ph.D student at the Delft University of Technology in the Software Engineering Research Group.
My work is supervised by Professor Arie van Deursen.

My research focuses especially on testing of plug-in systems, like Eclipse or Mozilla, or other highly modular systems such as service-oriented systems.

Plug-in architectures enable developers to build extensible software products. Such products are assembled from plug-ins, and their functionality can be enriched by adding or configuring plug-ins. The plug-ins themselves consist also of multiple plug-ins, and offer dedicated points through which their functionality can be influenced. One well-known example of such an architecture is Eclipse, best known for its use to create a series of extensible IDEs.

Testing such a system can be a challenging task: the existence of hundreds or even thousands of plug-ins from different contributors (e.g., developers) constitutes to the success of plug-in systems, but on the other hand makes it sheer impossible to test all plug-in combinations, and system configurations in a traditional test process. A new culture to test plug-in systems has to be developed.

Within my research I focus on:

  1. Facilitating plug-in test suite understanding,
  2. Increase the knowledge about the current testing practices for plug-in systems,
  3. Improving test practices for plug-in systems.

I work within the ARTOSC Project, on Automated Runtime Testability of SOA Composites.


Automated Detection of Test Fixture Strategies and Smells
Michaela Greiler, Arie van Deursen, Margaret-Anne Storey
Proceedings of the International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation, pages xxx-xxx.
IEEE, Luxembourg, March 2013.
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What your Plug-in Test Suites Really Test: An Integration Perspective on Test Suite Understanding
Michaela Greiler and Arie van Deursen
Empirical Software Engineering Journal, 2012, Springer.
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Measuring Test Case Similarity to Support Test Suite Understanding
Michaela Greiler, Arie van Deursen, Andy Zaidman
Proceedings of the International Conference on Objects, Models, Components, Patterns (TOOLS), pages xxx-xxx.
Springer, Prague, Czech Republic, May-June 2012.
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Test Confessions: A Study of Testing Practices for Plug-in Systems
Michaela Greiler, Arie van Deursen, Margaret-Anne Storey
International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) 2012, Switzerland
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Understanding Plug-in Test Suites from an Extensibility Perspective, Best Paper Award
Michaela Greiler, Hans-Gerhard Gross, Arie van Deursen
Working Conference on Reverse Engineering (WCRE), October 13-17 2010, Boston, USA
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Evaluation of Online Testing for Services A Case Study
Michaela Greiler, Hans-Gerhard Gross, Arie van Deursen
International Workshop on Principles of Engineering Service Oriented Systems (PESOS), May 2-8 2010, CapeTown, SouthAfrica
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Online Testing of Service-Oriented Architectures to detect State-based Faults
Michaela Greiler, Hans-Gerhard Gross, Arie van Deursen
International Conference on Service Oriented Computing, 2009, Doctoral Symposium
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Runtime Integration and Testing for Highly Dynamic Service Oriented ICT Solutions
Michaela Greiler, Hans-Gerhard Gross, Khalid Adam Nasr
Practice and Research Techniques, 2009. TAIC PART '09. Testing: Academic & Industrial Conference
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Secure Resource Sharing in Ad hoc Networks
Michaela Greiler and Peter Schartner
In Proceedings of the International Conference on Security and Management 2008, pages 278-284
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Other Events

Looking for an interesting MSc project?

Have a look here -> open MSc projects or contact me per email to discuss other possibilities!

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