That's me
Mika Mäntylä

Professor of Software Engineering


University of Oulu





1/2015-  Professor of Software Engineering at the University of Oulu, Finland. I am associated with the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Department of Information Processing Science, and M-Group

In 8/2014-12/2014 I worked as an assistant professor in the department of CSE at Aalto University, Finland

In 2012-2014 I worked as a senior research scientist in software engineering in Software Process Research Group at Aalto University, Finland.  My work was funded by a post-doc grant of department of CSE and an EU FP7 project U-QASAR.

In 2011-2012, I was a post-doc in Software Engineering Research Group at Lund University, Sweden. The work was funded by the ELLIIT project.

In 2010/1-2010/4, I was a guest researcher at Simula Research Laboratory, Norway.

In 2008-2011
, I was a project-manager of ESPA research project at Aalto University, Finland.

In 2003-2008, my work was funded by SHAPE and SEMS research projects as well as SoSE graduate school.

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Research Interests


Current courses at University of Oulu

Formerly at Aalto University


Recent Works

Hemmati, H., Fang, Z., Mäntylä M. V., Adams, B., "Prioritizing Manual Test Cases in Rapid Release Environments", Software Testing Verification and Reliability, (accepted Jun/2016)

Garousi, V., Mäntylä M. V.,  "When and what to automate in software testing? A multi-vocal literature review", Information and Software Technology, (accepted Apr/2016)

Garousi V., Felderer M., Mäntylä M. V. "The need for multivocal literature reviews in software engineering: complementing systematic literature reviews with grey literature", 20th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE), June 2-3, Limerick, Ireland (6 pages)

Mäntylä M. V., Adams B.,  Destefanis G., Graziotin D., Ortu M., "Mining Valence, Arousal, and Dominance - Possibilities for Detecting Burnout and Productivity?", 13th International Conference on Mining Software Repositories (MSR 2016), May 14-15, 2016, Austin, TX, USA (12 pages)

Raappana P., Saukkoriipi S. Tervonen I., Mäntylä M. V., "The Effect of Team Exploratory Testing – Experience Report from F-Secure",  11th Workshop on Testing: Academia-Industry Collaboration, Practice and Research Techniques (TAIC-PART) April 11, 2016, Chicago, IL, USA

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D.Sc. / PhD:

Tuuttila Pekka 2016-,

Raulamo-Jurvanen, Päivi 2015-,

Lehtinen, Timo, 2010-2014, Topic: Root-Cause Analysis, papers (IST2011, ESEM2011, IST2014a, IST2014b, JSS2015)

M. Sc.:

Leinonen Juho, 2016, "Evaluating Software Development Effort Estimation Process in Agile Software Development Context"

Kuutila, Miikka, 2016, "Benchmarking Configurations for Web-testing - Selenium versus Watir"

Kupiainen, Eetu, 2014 "Reasons and Effects of Metric Use in Industrial Agile Teams - A Systematic Literature Review" (WeTSOM2014, IST2015)

Huishi Yin, 2014, "Survey on Exploratory Software Testing", University of Tartu (Appointed opponent, supervised by Dietmar Pfahl) (ESEM2014)

Alessandro Marino, 2013, Code smell detection through machine learning techniques and metrics analysis, University of Milano-Bicocca (co-supervisor with Francesca Arcelli Fontana and Marco Zanoni), papers (ICSM2013, ESE2015)

Iivonen Joonas, 2009, Identifying and Characterizing Highly Performing Testers – A Case Study in Three Software Product Companies, papers (ESEM2010, SQJ2012)

Ruokojoki Mikko, 2006, “Kuntien henkilöstön työtyytyväisyyden ja hyvinvoinnin seurantaohjelmiston käyttötilanteiden ja vaatimuksien määrittely”

Halonen Antti, 2006 “Decomposing legacy software for incremental modernization of software products – Perceived challenges and usable strategies”

Laurila Pietari, 2005, ”Key Activities in the Modernization of Legacy Software Systems – A Framework and a Multiple Case Study”

B. Sc.:

Pesola, Pekka 2016, "Can TypeScript fix the problems with large scale JavaScript application development?"

Honkajärvi, Jouko, 2016, "IoT-laitteiden tuotannon ja käytön aikainen laitetestaus"

Väyrynen, Joni, 2014, "Ohjelmistotestauksen käytännöt ja ongelmat - katsaus kyselytutkimuksista"

Gädda, Johon, 2014, "Möjligheter och utmaningar i utnyttjandet av användningsdata inom programutveckling"

Ambrosie Nicolas, 2014, "Automaattinen virheenraportointijärjestelmä debuggausprosessin työkaluna"

Isomäki Erkka, 2012 "Tapaustutkimus diferentiaaliin perustuvasta regressiotestauksesta laskentaintensiivisissä tietojärjestelmissä"

Laukkanen Eero, 2010, “Tiedonkeruu ohjelmointivirheiden raportoinnissa“, Papers (ESEM2011)

Alahuhta Jari, 2010, “Virheraportoijien virhemäärien jakaumat virhetietokannassa“

Community Service:

Special issue Editor

Special issue Editor: Software Engineering Success and Failure - A Special Issue of Empirical Software Engineering Submission Deadline: 15 NOV 2015

Refereeing Journals:

6 article review(s) for Empirical Software Engineering Springer

5 article review(s) for Software Quality Journal – Springer

3 article review(s) for Information and Software Technology – Elsevier

3 article review(s) for IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering - IEEE

3 article review(s) for Journal of Systems and Software - Elsevier

2 article review(s) for IEEE Software - IEEE

2 article review(s) for Journal of Software Maintenance Research and Practice – Wiley

2 article review(s) for Automated Software Engineering – Springer

2 article review(s) for Expert Systems with Applications - Elsevier

1 article review(s) for Software Testing, Verification and Reliability Wiley

1 article review(s) for International Journal of Organisational Design and Engineering

Other Academic Service   

Program Committee member of International Conference on Software Testing (ICST 2017)

Program Committee member of 7th International Workshop on Emerging Trends in Software Metrics (WETSoM 2016)

Program Committee member of International Symposium on Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM 2016)

Program Committee member of International Conference on Software Testing (ICST 2016)

Program Committee member of International Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement (Research Preview Papers) (PROFES 2015)

Program Committee member of  International Symposium on Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM 2015)

Program Committee member of 1 The Testing: Academic and Industrial Conference - Practice and Research Techniques (TAIC PART 2015)

Program Committee member of 22nd International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering (SANER 2015)

Program Committee member of  International Symposium on Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM 2014)

Program Committee member of  International Workshop on Refactoring & Testing (REFTEST2014)

Program Committee member of  1st International Workshop on Aligning Research on Code Smells (ARCS), St. Petersburg, Russia (collocated with ESEC/FSE 2013).   

Chair of Academic track and Local Arrangements at Testauspaiva (2013), which is the largest industry-academia cross-over event in Software Testing at Finland.

External reviewer: International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2013)

Program Committee member  of 2013 3rd International Workshop Replication in Software Engineering (RESER '13), Maryland, USA.                                                  

Participate in the panel of PROMISE conference in 2011 – Topic: The Road Ahead in Predictive Modeling  

International Conference of Software Engineering (ICSE 2004) student volunteer

Other service                        

I have acted as an expert witness in both in the district court (Käräjäoikeus) 2009,  and the court of appeal (Hovioikeus) 2010.


Taxonomy for Bad Code Smells

Comparison of Software Engineering publication forums

Hobbies, Interest

Orienteering, Cross-country skiing, Gym, Geocaching.



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