I am extremely delighted to be part of the Program Committee for RE’14! The Program Committee for this prestigious conference has always consisted of cool researchers who have contributed significant work to the field. I am very honored to have been invited to join :-)

RE’14 will be held in scenic Karlskrona, Sweden, from the 25th to the 29th of August, 2014.

Important Dates:
Jan 27th: Workshop Proposals
Feb 17th: Intent to Submit Tutorial Proposals
Mar 03rd: Tutorial Proposals
Mar 03rd: Abstracts for Research and Industry Papers
Mar 10th: Full Research and Industry Papers
Apr 14th: Panel & Interactive Proposals
Apr 14th: Doctoral Symposium Submissions
Apr 14th: Posters & Tool Demos
May 19th: Author Notification
Jun 20th: Camera Ready Submission
Aug 25th-29th: RE’14 Conference in Karlskrona


Over the past 6 months, I have been very busy working on my startup: Kazoova, the online marketplace for quirky activities. Kazoova is developed in Django, and I love Django!!

Kazoova beta is now officially up and running. If you are in the mood for something quirky, check it out!



Infographic: Worldwide Survey of Mobile App Users

Many thanks to the 10,000+ people who participated in the survey! Here are the results.

Check out the interactive version of this infographic!


John Sculley

I met John Sculley, former Apple CEO, and here is the proof!


Honiden Lab

This month, I am based at the Honiden Lab, National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Tokyo. I am very excited to return to NII and continue our collaboration.

This time I will be involved in a large-scale study on mobile app users from different countries. We are aiming to collect data from the top 15 GDP countries – quite ambitious! The study will reveal interesting mobile app usage behaviour in users in different age groups, cultures, and personality types. The data will also be used to construct a realistic simulation of app users in AppEco.

AppEco in ACM SIGEVOlution

My GECCO’12 paper “How to be a successful developer: lessons from the simulation of an app ecosystem” has been featured in the ACM SIGEVOlution newsletter this month. My paper was chosen out of the hundreds of papers in the GECCO’12 proceedings. I am estatic!

Check out the issue here: SIGEVOlution volume 6 issue 1.pdf.

The newsletter cover, see above, features the social network of app users produced by AppEco!

North America

The past few weeks have been hectic. I just presented AppEco at two conferences in North America, GECCO’12 and Alife13. AppEco generated a lot of interest.

Here is how I depict the four types of strategies used by app developers in my GECCO talk:

Several people took photos of my Alife poster (see below), telling me that they know people who would be very interested in my results. I hope the word spreads!


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