I am an assistant professor in Software Engineering at the Department of Computer Science at Texas Tech University. My research interests are in the area of Regulatory Compliance Software Engineering (RCSE) and application of NLP and Requirements Engineering in privacy and security. RCSE is a young and emerging area of research in the field of software engineering and it is an interdisciplinary field which exploits methods from traditional requirements engineering, artificial intelligence, natural language processing and grounded theory to help dealing with massive legal requirements's extractions and automatically identifying related legal requirements and developing privacy preserving software and mobile applications.

Call for Papers

RELAW 2017 - Tenth International Workshop on Requirements Engineering and Law, September 4th, 2017, Lisbon, Portugal
In conjunction with the 25th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE'17)RELAW

Important Dates
  • Submission Deadline: Friday, June 09, 2017
  • Notice of Acceptance: Friday, June 30, 2017
  • Camera-ready Due: Sunday, July 16, 2017

Publication Index

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Research Interests

  • Privacy and Security in Software Engineering
    • Privacy and Security Analysis of Internet of Things (IoT)
    • Usable Privacy
    • Multi-jurisdictional Privacy Compliance
    • Privacy Policies NLP Analysis and Text Mining
    • Privacy by Design Strategies and Tactics
  • Requirements Engineering Methods, Notations and Tools
    • Goal-oriented Requirements Language
    • User Requirements Notation
    • Enterprise Architecture Modeling with Goal-oriented Approaches
    • Argumentation Analysis of Goal Models
    • Business Process Compliance Modeling and Analysis

Master's Thesis, Master's Project, Master's Report and Individual Studies at Texas Tech University

I am now accepting BSc. and MSc. students from TTU interested in Software Engineering for individual studies, Master's thesis, Master's projects or reports in my research group, Privacy Engineering - Regulatory Compliance Lab (PERC) at the Department of Computer Science at Texas Tech University.

The project defined for this opening will be on Privacy and Security in Software Engineering, Modeling and Mining Privacy Regulations, Applied Natural Language Processing and Requirements Engineering. The applicants must be registered at Texas Tech University in the Computer Science Department.

Recent Events

Paper Accepted at ER Conference 2017 - Aaron K. Massey, Eric Holtgrefe and Sepideh Ghanavati, Modeling Regulatory Ambiguities for Requirements Analysis

Paper Accepted at ESPRE Workshop 2017- Parvaneh Shayegh and Sepideh Ghanavati, Toward an Approach to Privacy Notices in IoT

Paper Accepted at RELAW Workshop 2017- Amin Rabinia and Sepideh Ghanavati, FOL-based Approach for Improving Legal-GRL Modeling Framework - A Case for Requirements Engineering of Legal Regulations of Social Media