graduated (Laurea degree) cum laude in Electronic Engineering at the University of Pisa
in 1985. Since 1986, she has been a researcher with the Institute for
Information Processing of the Italian National Research Council (CNR),
in Pisa, where she currently heads the Research Department on "Methods
and Tools for Software Systems". Her research interests are in software
engineering, especially testing, and in software dependability.
Currently she is investigating approaches for rigorous integration test
strategies and for improving the cost/effectiveness of testing
techniques, as well as methods for the evaluation of software
reliability. On these topics, she also likes to stay in touch with
Since 1994, she is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Systems and
Software, North-Holland, and recently has also joined the Editorial
Board of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. She has been
the General Chair of the Second International Conference "Achieving
Quality in Software AquIS '93", held in Venice (Italy) in October 93.
She has been member of the International Programme Committees of
several conferences and symposia, including ISSTA, Joint ESEC-FSE,
ICSE, SEKE, Safecomp and Quality Week. She is currently Key Area
Specialist for the Software Testing Knowledge Area of the Stone Man
phase of the ACM/IEEE project Guide to the SWEBOK (Software Engineering
Body of Knowledge). She has published over 40 papers in international
journals and conferences.