Software Engineering Research and Applications Lab

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About us

The Software Engineering Research and Applications Lab is part of the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Canterbury. The lab carries out research in the area of software engineering. We focus on studying and improving the way we develop high quality software, including productive teams, processes and practices, and empirical software engineering. We are particularly interested in software requirements engineering, software architecture, software development processes and practices. If you are interested in visiting or working with the lab, contact the head Matthias Galster.


Head and main contact

Matthias Galster

Associate Professor
Director of Software Engineering
Jack Erskine 314
Internal Phone: 92172


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Affiliated members

Moffat Mathews

College of Engineering Dean (International)
Senior Lecturer
Jack Erskine 213
Internal Phone: 92452

Related research groups

Possibilities for working with us

If you are looking for a visting scholar position, please email the head of the lab.

Information for prospective PhD students

If you are interested in software engineering research and are looking for a supervisor, please have a look here.

Potential projects for undergraduate and post-graduate students

We offer various topics for internships (including COSC366, COSC486), BE (Hons), BSc (Hons), MSc and PhD projects. Individual project suggestions are welcome.



Matthias Galster
Room: Erskine 314
Phone (extension): +64 3 364 2987 ext: 6347
Phone (direct): +64 3 364 2347
Fax: +64 3 364 2569

Postal address

Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering
College of Engineering
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand