That's me
Mika Mäntylä

Professor - Software Engineering


University of Oulu





10/2017-9/2020 - Responsible Leader of Testomat project (ITEA3/Tekes) at the University of Oulu

9/2016 -  Head of Doctoral Degree programme Information Processing Science

9/2016-8/2020 Principal Investigator (PI) for Auto-Time research project (funded by Academy of Finland)

1/2015-  Professor of Software Engineering at the University of Oulu, Finland. I am associated with the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, , and M3S

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. I was part of ELLIIT project (funded by Swedish government's strategic research support initiative).

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 (funded by TEKES) at Aalto University, Finland.

In 2003-2008, I worked in SHAPE and SEMS (both funded by TEKES) research projects and I had a partial PhD grant from SoSE graduate school.

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Research Interests


Current courses at University of Oulu

Formerly at Aalto University


Selected Publications

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)

Garousi, V., Mäntylä M. V.,  "When and what to automate in software testing? A multi-vocal literature review", Information and Software Technology, vol 76, 2016, pp. 92-117

Mäntylä M. V., Petersen K., Lehtinen, T. O. A., Lassenius, C. "Time Pressure - A Controlled Experiment of Test-case Development and Requirements Review",  in Proceedings of the 36th IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), pp. 83-94, May 31 - June 7, 2014, Hyderabad, India (full research paper)

Mäntylä, M. V. and Lassenius, C. "What Types of Defects Are Really Discovered in Code Reviews?" IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 35, no 3, May/June 2009, pp. 430-448

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D.Sc. / PhD:

Wang Yuqing, 2017, Test Automation Maturity

Kuutila Miikka, 2017-, Mining Time Pressure (SeMotion2017)

Tuuttila Pekka 2016-, Test Automation Data Analytics

Raulamo-Jurvanen, Päivi 2015-, Topic: Tools Selection for Test Automation (PROFES2016, EASE2017)

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

M. Sc.:

Lämsä Tomi, 2017, Comparison of GUI testing tools for Android applications

Saari Marko, 2017, Implementing new continuous integration tool

Pennala Joni, 2017, Cloud-based testing of 4G base station software

Nissinen Jouni, 2017, "Benchmarking static code analysis tools on production software"

Koivuniemi, Jarmo, 2017, "Shortening feedback time in continuous integration environment in large-scale embedded software development with test selection"

Matinolli, Ilari, 2016 "Designing, implementing and evaluating a database for a software testing team"

Zhu, Mo, 2016 "Sentiment analysis on medical treatment of depression"

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? "

Hokajärvi, 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:

8 article review(s) for Empirical Software Engineering Springer

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

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

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

4 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

1 article review(s) for Future Internet

1 article review(s) for Communications of the ACM - ACM

1 article review(s) for IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing - IEEE

1 article review(s) for ACM Computing Surveys - ACM

Other Academic Service   

International Workshop on Emotion Awareness in Software Engineering (SeMotion'17, SEmotion '18)

Program Committee member of 15th Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories (MSR 2018)

Program Committee member of International Conference on Software Testing (ICST 2016, ICST 2017, ICST2018)

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

Program Committee member of International Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement (Profes 2017)

Program Committee member of International Symposium on Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM 2014, ESEM 2015, ESEM 2016, ESEM 2017)

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

Program Committee member of 1 The Testing: Academic and Industrial Conference - Practice and Research Techniques (TAIC PART 2015, 2016, 2017)

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

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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