Dr Alexi Lopez Lorca

  • Room: Level: 06 Room: 6.14
  • Building: Doug McDonell Building
  • Campus: Parkville


I studied a combined Bachelor's and Master's degree at University of Murcia (Spain). I specialised in knowledge and intelligent systems. My final thesis was on problems of requirements engineering when applied in a global software development environment.

I did my PhD under Ghassan Beydoun, at the University of Wollongong (Australia). I studied ways of using ontologies to validate multi-agent system requirements models. My PhD was awarded with commendations.

In my postdoc at Swinburne University of Technology (Australia), I looked at ways of eliciting emotional needs from stakeholders and how to incorporate them into the software development lifecycle.

In my current teaching-only position at The University of Melbourne (Australia), I teach Software Engineering students about stakeholder interaction and requirements engineering, borrowing from classic Software Engineering approaches, agile approaches and HCI. I enjoy supervising students in their projects involving real clients and helping them figure out the best ways to communicate among themselves and with other stakeholders.

Recent publications

  1. Sterling L, Lopez Lorca A, Kissoon-Curumsing M. Adding emotions to models in a viewpoint modelling framework from agent-oriented software engineering: A case study with emergency alarms. Innovative Methods, User-Friendly Tools, Coding, and Design Approaches in People-Oriented Programming. 2018. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5969-6.ch010
  2. Pedell S, Keirnan A, Priday G, Miller T, Mendoza A, Lopez Lorca A, Sterling L. Methods for Supporting Older Users in Communicating Their Emotions at Different Phases of a Living Lab Project. TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION MANAGEMENT REVIEW. 2017, Vol. 7, Issue 2.
  3. Lopez Lorca A, Beydoun G, Valencia-Garcia R, Martinez-Bejar R. Automating the reuse of domain knowledge to improve the modelling outcome from interactions between developers and clients. COMPUTING. Springer Wien. 2016, Vol. 98, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1007/s00607-015-0473-6
  4. Lopez Lorca A, Beydoun G, Valencia-Garcia R, Martinez-Bejar R. Supporting agent oriented requirement analysis with ontologies. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN-COMPUTER STUDIES. Academic Press - Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 87. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhcs.2015.10.007
  5. Miller T, Pedell S, Lopez Lorca A, Mendoza A, Sterling L, Keirnan A. Emotion-led modelling for people-oriented requirements engineering: The case study of emergency systems. JOURNAL OF SYSTEMS AND SOFTWARE. Elsevier. 2015, Vol. 105. DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2015.03.044
  6. Angel Rodriguez-Garcia M, Omar Colombo-Mendoza L, Valencia-Garcia R, Lopez Lorca A, Beydoun G. Ontology-Based Music Recommender System. 12th International Symposium on Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence (DCAI 2015). Springer. 2015, Vol. 373. Editors: Omatu S, Malluhi QM, Gonzalez SR, Bocewicz G, Bucciarelli E, Giulioni G, Iqba F. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-19638-1_5
  7. Pedell S, Lopez Lorca A, Miller T, Sterling L. Don't leave me untouched: Considering emotions in personal alarm use and development. Healthcare Informatics and Analytics: Emerging Issues and Trends. 2014. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6316-9.ch006
  8. Lopez Lorca A, Miller T, Pedell S, Mendoza A, Keirnan A, Sterling L. One size doesn't fit all: Diversifying "the user" using personas and emotional scenarios. 6th International Workshop on Social Software Engineering, SSE 2014 - Proceedings. 2014. DOI: 10.1145/2661685.2661691
  9. Beydoun G, Garcia-Sanchez F, Vincent-Torres CM, Lopez Lorca A, Martinez-Bejar R. Providing metrics and automatic enhancement for hierarchical taxonomies. INFORMATION PROCESSING & MANAGEMENT. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2013, Vol. 49, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1016/j.ipm.2012.01.006
  10. Beydoun G, Lopez Lorca A, Garcia-Sanchez F, Martinez-Bejar R. How do we measure and improve the quality of a hierarchical ontology?. JOURNAL OF SYSTEMS AND SOFTWARE. Elsevier. 2011, Vol. 84, Issue 12. DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2011.07.010
  11. Ahmed W, Aslam MA, Lopez Lorca A, Shen J, Beydoun G, Richards D. Using Ontologies to Synchronize Change in Relational Database Systems. JOURNAL OF RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. Australian Computer Society. 2011, Vol. 43, Issue 2.