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Research interests and affiliations

Research interests
  • Human aspects of software engineering
  • Gender studies in software engineering
  • Empirical software engineering
  • Eye tracking and fMRI in software engineering
Expertise type(s) (NSERC subjects)
  • 2720 Computer systems software
  • 2705 Software and development
  • 2710 Information systems design
  • 1605 Human factors engineering


Recent publications


Zohreh Sharafi assistant professor in the Département de Génie Informatique et Génie Logiciel at Polytechnique Montréal. She was a senior research fellow in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan and an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient. Her research falls under the umbrella of software engineering and focuses on studying the cognitive processes and human factors involved in software engineering activities. She is interested in studying and improving current software development tools and processes to make them more productive and inclusive.

She received the Ph.D. from Polytechnique Montréal (Université de Montréal) in 2015, where she awarded the Fonds de Recherche du Québec Nature et Technologies (FQRNT) Scholarship. Her work has resulted in various peer-reviewed publications, published in top-tier software engineering venues.
Prior to the University of Michigan, Zohreh Sharafi has worked in the financial technology sector for four years and contributed to developing the firm's lead electronic-trading application for listed securities.



  • PhD in Computer Engineering (Polytechnique Montréal)
  • MASc in Software Engineering (Concordia University)
  • B.Sc. in Computer Engineering (University of Tehran)