dr. A.L. (Anna-Lena) Lamprecht
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I am an Assistant Professor and Westerdijk Fellow in the Software Technology group at the Department of Information and Computing Sciences. Before joining Utrecht University, I was a Research Fellow at Lero - The Irish Software Research Centre at the University of Limerick in Ireland, and prior to that a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Potsdam in Germany. I obtained my PhD degree from the Faculty of Computer Science at TU Dortmund University, Germany, in 2012. My thesis "User-Level Workflow Design. A Bioinformatics Perspective." was published in Springer's LNCS series and honored with the faculty's Dissertation Award in 2013. I also hold a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in Applied Computer Science from the University of Göttingen, Germany. 

Seeing computer science not as an end in itself, I have favoured applied computer science disciplines from the beginning of my studies. I have mainly worked in the the areas of scientific workflows and computational science education, bringing together the work on scientific questions with modern software engineering methods. My particular research focus is on the use of formal methods in the workflow design process in order to provide domain-specific, semantics-based support that makes the semantic gap smaller and leverages application development to a higher level of abstraction.

Involved in the following study programme(s)
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Curriculum vitae

Short biography:

  • Since June 2017: Assistant Professor and Westerdijk Fellow (here)
  • September 2015 - May 2017: Research Fellow at Lero - The Irish Software Research Centre at the University of Limerick, Ireland
  • April 2012 - August 2015: Postdoctoral Researcher at the Chair of Service and Software Engineering, Institute of Computer Sciene, University of Potsdam, Germany
  • September 2007 - March 2012: PhD Student and Research Assistant at the Chair of Programming Systems, Faculty of Computer Science, TU Dortmund University, Germany
  • October 2002 - August 2007: B.Sc./M.Sc. student of Applied Computer Science at the University of Göttingen, Germany

If you are interested in more elaborate version of my CV, please contact me by e-mail and I will be happy to send you an up-to-date document. 

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DBLP and Google Scholar have rather complete records of my publications, dating back to 2006. See below for my research outputs since June 2017, that is, since joining Utrecht University. 

All publications
  Articles in volumes / proceedings
McInerney, Clare, Lamprecht, A.L. & Margaria, Tiziana (2018). Computing Camps for Girls – A First-Time Experience at the University of Limerick. In Arthur Tatnall & Mary Webb (Eds.), Tomorrow’s Learning: Involving Everyone – Learning with and about technologies and computing Heidelberg: Springer.
  Special issue
Maglyas, Andrey & Lamprecht, A.L. (2018). Introduction to the special issue on “Software Business”. Journal of Systems and Software, 135, (pp. 105-106) (2 p.).
Lamprecht, A.L. (2017). Bridging Gaps with Scientific Workflows: Experiences from an Interdisciplinary Project Course.
McInerney, Clare, Lamprecht, A.L. & Margaria, Tiziana (2017). Computing Camps for Girls - A First-Time Experience at the University of Limerick.
  Editorial activity
Lamprecht, A.L. () Guest editor Electronic Communications of the EASST (Journal) Guest Editor for post-conference proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Leveraging Applications of Formal Methods, Verification and Validation - Doctoral Symposium, 2016 (ISoLA DS 2016)
Lamprecht, A.L. () Editorial board member Electronic Communications of the EASST (Journal) Co-Editor in Chief
Lamprecht, A.L. () Guest editor Journal of Systems and Software (Journal) Special Issue on "Software Business"
  Publication peer-review
Lamprecht, A.L. () Peer reviewer 18th International Conference on Computational Science (Event)
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The semantic gap between the natural languages of the (human) users and the technical languages of the machines is one of the central challenges of computer science. While we will probably never manage to close this gap completely, how can we then at least make it as small as possible? How can we provide software development methods and tools that enable also non-programmers to create applications for their specific needs?

In my research I address these questions in the field of workflow and process modelling, model-driven development, and service orientation. My particular focus is on the use of formal methods (especially synthesis techniques) to partially automate the development of application-specific software and thus leverage it to a more abstract level that is more easily accessible for (end) users. A central aspect of this work is the specific tailoring of the development environment to the concrete application domain through careful semantic domain modelling, that is, the adequate formalisation of the relevant domain knowledge, typically making use of ontologies.

In the last years I have mainly worked in the area of scientific workflow applications, such as bioinformatics, geoinformatics, medical research, and business analytics. As a side effect of teaching different courses in the area of scientific workflows, I have also developed an interest in research about education in software development and computational science. 

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A list of the courses that I have been teaching recently is available here.

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Phone number (direct) +31 30 253 3261
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Visiting hours: No fixed times, but students who want to speak to me are kindly requested to contact me via e-mail first to find a suitable time for an appointment.

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