Melina Vidoni


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CSIT Building 108, Office


Computing Foundations
Data Science


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Dr Vidoni’s main research interests are mining software repositories, technical debt and software development; empirical software engineering when applied to data science and scientific software. In particular:

  • Empirical Software Engineering
  • Technical Debt
  • Data Science & Scientific Software
  • Mining Software Repositories
  • Mixed-Methods studies


Dr Vidoni has pioneered work in the area of software engineering applied to data science and scientific software, especially when applied to R programming. She works at the intersection of technical debt and scientific software, aiming to improve the quality and robustness of the latter. She is currently recruiting students, and you can see her website to find out how to apply. For a full list of research outputs, see her website.


Dr Vidoni is a newly joined academic (Lecturer, eq. to Assistant Professor) at the Australian National University in the School of Computing, where she continues her domestic and international collaborations with Canada and Germany.

She graduated from Universidad Tecnologica Nacional (UTN) as an Information Systems Engineer. Years later, she received her PhD on the same institution, with the maximum qualification. She funded R-Ladies Santa Fe in 2018, and in 2019 moved to Australia to further her research career. Since 2018, she is also Associate Editor for rOpenSci, often acting as Editor in Chief.

Activities & Awards

Dr Vidoni has acted as Program Committee of several conferences, including ASE (Rank A*), MSR, ICPC, ICSME (all Rank A), and workshops collocated at top conferences, such as HUFAMO (with MODELS) and ROPES (with ICSE). In 2021 she was a recipient of ICSME Distinguished Reviewer. Additionally, she has reviewed manuscripts for the Journal of the Operational Research Society, and Information and Software Technology. Since 2018, she is also Associate Editor of rOpenSci.

For a full list of service and outreach, please see her website

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