Dr Alex 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. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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