Xavier Devroey, Ph.D.

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Xavier Devroey

Xavier Devroey

Assistant Professor

University of Namur

About me

My name is Xavier Devroey. I am an assistant professor of software engineering at the University of Namur, where, together with Benoît Vanderose, we co-lead the SNAIL Team. My research goal is to ease software testing by exploring new paths to achieve a high level of automation for test case design, generation, selection, and prioritization. My main research interests include search-based and model-based software testing, test suite augmentation, DevOps, and variability-intensive systems.


  • Search-Based Software Testing
  • Model-Based Testing
  • Mutation Testing
  • Variability Modeling
  • Software Product Line Testing


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, 2017

    University of Namur, Belgium

  • Master in Computer Science, 2010

    University of Namur, Belgium

  • Bachelor Analyst Programmer, 2007

    Haute Ecole de Bruxelles, Belgium

Recent Publications

(2022). GitDelver Enterprise Dataset (GDED): An Industrial Closed-source Dataset for Socio-Technical Research. 19th International Conference on Mining Software Repositories (MSR ‘22).

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(2022). Basic Block Coverage for Unit Test Generation at the SBST 2022 Tool Competition. 15th Search-Based Software Testing Workshop (SBST ‘22).

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(2021). Modéliser. Éduquer au numérique. 12 clés pour comprendre l’informatique.


(2021). Experience Report on Soft and Project Skills Building through Repetition. Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Education through Advanced Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence (EASEAI ‘21).


(2021). VaryMinions: Leveraging RNNs to Identify Variants in Event Logs. Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Machine Learning Techniques for Software Quality Evolution.



Bachelor in Computer Science

  • INFCB112 - Introduction to Algorithms
  • INFOB302 - Introduction to Scientific Research