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Nenad Medvidović


Computer Science Department

Viterbi School of Engineering

University of Southern California  



Office:   SAL 338

Phone:   +1-213-740-5579

Fax:       +1-213-740-4927  


Mailing Address:
   941 Bloom Walk (SAL 338)
   University of Southern California
   Los Angeles, CA 90089-0781


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  • Gholamreza Safi (Ph.D. 2016) joined Cloudera
  • Roshanak Roshandel (Ph.D. 2006) became Department Chair at Seattle University
  • Sam Malek (Ph.D. 2007) joined UC Irvine as an Associate Professor
  • Joshua Garcia (Ph.D. 2014) became Associate Project Scientist at UC Irvine
  • Yuriy Brun (Ph.D. 2008) received NSF CAREER award
  • Jae young Bang (Ph.D. 2015) joined Daum Kakao
  • George Edwards (Ph.D. 2010) founded Quandary Peak Research, a software expert-witness company



  • Continuous Analysis of Collaborative Design won Best Paper Award at ICSA 2017
  • Measuring the Impact of Code Dependencies on Software Architecutre Recovery Techniques accepted to TSE
  • A SEALANT for Inter-App Security Holes in Android accepted to ICSE 2017
  • A Large-Scale Study of Architectural Evolution in Open-Source Software Systems accepted to EMSE
  • Software Architectural Principles in Contemporary Mobile Software: From Conception to Practice appeared in JSS
  • Disseminating Architectural Knowledge on Open-Source Projects presented at ICSE 2016


Nenad Medvidović is a Professor in the Computer Science Department and in the Informatics Program at the University of Southern California. He is a faculty associate of the Institute for Software Research (ISR) at the University of California, Irvine. Medvidović is the Founding Director of the SoftArch Laboratory at USC. He has previously served as Director of the USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering (2009-2013), Associate Chair for Ph.D. Affairs in USC's CS Department (2011-2015), and Chair of the Steering Committe for the International Conference on Software Engineering (2013-2015). He was the Program Co-Chair of ICSE 2011. Medvidović is currently serving as Chair of ACM SIGSOFT. He has served or is currently serving as an Associate Editor of the two flagship software engineering journals: IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (2010-2014) and ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (2014-present). Medvidović received his Ph.D. in 1999 from the Department of Information and Computer Science at UC Irvine. Medvidović is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER (2000) award, the Okawa Foundation Research Grant (2005), the IBM Real-Time Innovation Award (2007), and the USC Mellon Mentoring Award (2010). He is a co-author of the ICSE 1998 paper titled “Architecture-Based Runtime Software Evolution”, which was recognized as that conference’s Most Influential Paper. His paper “Continuous Analysis of Collaborative Design” received the Best Paper Award at the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Software Architecture. Medvidovic's paper “A Classification and Comparison Framework for Software Architecture Description Languages” was recognized by the Elsevier Information and Software Technology Journal as the most cited journal article in software engineering published in 2000. Medvidović’s research interests are in the area of architecture-based software development. His work focuses on software architecture modeling, analysis, and recovery; middleware facilities for architectural implementation; domain-specific architectures; architectural styles; and architecture-level support for software development in highly distributed, mobile, resource constrained, and embedded computing environments. He is a co-author of a textbook on software architectures. Medvidović is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and an IEEE Fellow.