Professor Julian M Bass

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

New SEE Building – Room 03.22

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Current positions

Head of Computer Science & Software Engineering


Prof Bass is researching software development for large-scale systems focusing on multi-national teams and using modern lean and agile methods. He also has interests in deployment architectures used in cloud-hosted software services and is leading an iCASE PhD with Add Latent Ltd to develop and deploy machine learning approach to asset degradation in the energy and utility sectors.

Julian has published over 100 research articles and papers and attracted around £1M in research and technology transfer funding. He has published in journals and magazines such as IEEE Software, Empirical Software Engineering (Springer) and Information and Software Technology (Elsevier).

Prof Bass has co-chaired the Large-Scale Agile Workshop at the Agile Alliance XP Conference and the IFIP Working Group 9.4 conference on the Social Implications of IT in Developing Countries.

He was formerly Higher Education IT Advisor to the Higher Education Strategy Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and worldwide technical Training Manager for Chordiant Software, a Silicon Valley-based enterprise CRM vendor.

Areas of research

Agile software engineering, Agile software evolution, Technical debt, Cloud-hosted software services

Areas of supervision

Agile method tailoring in the Middle East and Africa, Agile methods, cyber security and DevOps, Ameliorating technical debt, Cloud-hosted application software architectures


Prof Bass is programme leader for the MSc in Software Engineering.

On the undergraduate Computer Science and Software Engineering he teaches agile software development methods (Software Projects with Agile Techniques) and Software Evolution.


Research Interests

Agile software development including large-scale and multinational teams. Creating new knowledge in global software engineering, deployment of cloud-hosted software services and ICT for international development in the global south (ICT4D).  

Software evolution and legacy systems, software archeology, code transformation and source code analysis.

Qualifications and Memberships

Prof Bass is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Distinguished Contributor of the IEEE Computer Society. He represents the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on the Engineering Council Quality Assurance Committee.