Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Wagner’s (*1978) field of research is software engineering, the scientific engineering discipline concerned with how we build software. The Chair of Software Engineering conducts cutting-edge research in software engineering, focusing on software quality, human factors, AI-supported engineering, and empirical studies, especially for automotive and AI-based software domains. The research has high practical relevance, often in collaboration with companies, to improve how we make software.

Prof Wagner studied computer science in Augsburg and Edinburgh and psychology in Hagen. He completed his doctorate in computer science at TUM in 2007. In 2011, he was appointed Professor of Empirical Software Engineering at the University of Stuttgart, where he was Dean of Studies and Speaker of the Artificial Intelligence Software Academy (AISA). In 2024, Prof Wagner was appointed Full Professor of Software Engineering at TUM.


  • Class of IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Contributors (2022)
  • Best Full Paper Award, ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement (2020)
  • IEEE Computer Society TCSE Distinguished Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (2019)
  • Most Influential Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (2017)
  • Google Research Award 2009

Wagner S, Wyrich M: "Code Comprehension Confounders: A Study of Intelligence and Personality". IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. 2021.

Abstract Wagner S et al.: "Status Quo in Requirements Engineering: A Theory and a Global Family of Surveys". ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology. 2019; 28(2).


Wagner S et al.: "Operationalised Product Quality Models and Assessment: The Quamoco Approach". Information and Software Technology. 2015; 62:101-123.


Wagner S: "Software Product Quality Control". Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2013.


Juergens E, Deissenboeck F, Hummel B, Wagner S: "Do Code Clones Matter?". 2009 IEEE 31st International Conference on Software Engineering. Vancouver, BC, Canada. 2009: 485-495.