Key Research Areas

Software Engineering, Human Computer Interaction, Software Ecosystems


Dr. Yvonne Dittrich is adjunct professor at the IIT Mandi since 2015. She holds a M.Sc. degree from the Technical University of Darmstadt, and a PhD degree from the University of Hamburg, both in Germany. In her main position she is professor in Software Engineering at the IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She regularly visits the IIT Mandi since 2010. Participatory ICT design and software engineering are at the heart of Dr. Dittrich's research interest. Yvonne has applied empirical methods in cooperation with industrial partners and public agencies since 1997 and developed 'Cooperative Method Development', a research approach that combines ethnography and software process improvement. Dr. Dittrich has been instrumental in developing and shaping the community around 'Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering'. She has been member of the Program Committee of the International Conference on Software Engineering for several years and is Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. In an ongoing joint project on "Sustainable Irrigation Advisories for Mid-Himalayan Farmers using Smart Satellite Image Analytics" between the IT University of Copenhagen, DHI Water and Environment, and the IIT Mandi, she addresses design of sustainable ICT for disadvantaged communities by exploring a Software Ecosystem approach.

Recent Publications

1. Dittrich, Yvonne. “Software Engineering beyond the Project – Sustaining Software Ecosystems.” Information and Software Technology 56, no. 11 (2014): 1436–56. “What Does It Mean to Use a Method? Towards a Practice Theory for Software Engineering.” Information and Software Technology 70 (2016): 220–31.
2. Seidelin, Cathrine, Yvonne Dittrich, and Erik Grönvall. “Foregrounding Data in Co-Design - An Exploration of How Data May Become an Object of Design.” Int. J. Hum. Comput. Stud. 143 (2020): 102505.
3. Sharp, Helen, Yvonne Dittrich, and Cleidson R. B. de Souza. “The Role of Ethnographic Studies in Empirical Software Engineering.” IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering 42, no. 8 (2016): 786–804.
4. Wang, Cancan, Carsten S. Østerlund, Qiuyu Jiang, and Yvonne Dittrich. “Becoming Sustainable Together: ESG Data Commons for Fintech Startups.” In Proceedings of the 43rd International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2022, Digitization for the Next Generation, Copenhagen, Denmark, December 9-14, 2022, edited by Niels Bjørn-Andersen, Roman Beck, Stacie Petter, Tina Blegind Jensen, Tilo Böhmann, Kai-Lung Hui, and Viswanath Venkatesh. Association for Information Systems, 2022.\_nxt\_gen/digit\_nxt\_gen/10

Course Taught

1. Advanced Software Engineering
2. Software Ecosystems - combining user centered design
3. organisational and technical dimensions