Krzysztof Czarnecki, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
I work in the area of Generative Software Development. See the overview paper for an introduction.

Short biography

Krzysztof Czarnecki is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Before coming to Waterloo, he was a researcher at DaimlerChrysler Research (1995-2002), Germany, focusing on improving software development practices and technologies in enterprise, automotive, and aerospace domains. He co-authored the book on "Generative Programming" (Addison- Wesley, 2000), which deals with automating software component assembly based on domain-specific languages. While at Waterloo, he held the NSERC/Bank of Nova Scotia Industrial Research Chair in Requirements Engineering of Service-oriented Software Systems (2008-2013) and has worked on a range of topics in model-driven systems and software engineering, including product lines engineering, design synthesis, variability modeling, model transformation, and domain-specific languages. He received the Premier's Research Excellence Award in 2004 and the British Computing Society in Upper Canada Award for Outstanding Contributions to IT Industry in 2008.


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Current Projects

Past Projects



  • MoDELS'09 conference chair
  • Bank of Nova Scotia / NSERC Industrial Research Chair (2008-2013)


Mendonça, M., "Efficient Reasoning Techniques for Large Scale Feature Models", School of Computer Science, vol. PhD, Waterloo, University of Waterloo, pp. 184, 01/2009.
Czarnecki, K., N. J. Foster, Z. Hu, R. Lämmel, A. Schurr, and J. F. Terwilliger, "Bidirectional Transformations: A Cross-Discipline Perspective, GRACE Meeting Notes, State of the Art, and Outlook", Theory and Practice of Model Transformations, Second International Conference, ICMT 2009, Zurich, Switzerland, June 29-30, 2009. Proceedings, vol. 5563, Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer, pp. 260 - 283, 2009. [pdf]
Diskin, Z., K. Czarnecki, and M. Antkiewicz, "Model-versioning-in-the-large: Algebraic foundations and the tile notation", 2009 ICSE Workshop on Comparison and Versioning of Software Models (CVSM), Vancouver, BC, Canada, IEEE, pp. 7 - 12, 2009. [pdf][pdf]
Mendonça, M., A. Wąsowski, and K. Czarnecki, "SAT-based Analysis of Feature Models is Easy", 13th International Conference on Software Product Lines (SPLC 2009), San Francisco, CA, USA, 2009. [pdf][pdf]
Antkiewicz, M., "Framework-specific modeling languages", Electrical and Computer Engineering, vol. PhD: University of Waterloo, pp. 168, 09/2008.
She, S., "Feature Model Mining", School of Computer Science, vol. MMath, Waterloo, University of Waterloo, pp. 70, 08/2008.
Antkiewicz, M., and K. Czarnecki, "Design Space of Heterogeneous Synchronization", Generative and Transformational Techniques in Software Engineering II, International Summer School, GTTSE 2007, Braga, Portugal, July 2-7, 2007, Revised Papers, vol. 5235, Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer, pp. 3 - 46, 2008. [pdf]
Mendonça, M., A. Wąsowski, K. Czarnecki, and D. Cowan, "Efficient compilation techniques for large scale feature models", 7th international conference on Generative programming and component engineering - GPCE '08, Nashville, USA, ACM Press, pp. 13, 2008. [pdf]
Czarnecki, K., I. Ober, J-M. Bruel, A. Uhl, and M. Völter, "Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems, 11th International Conference, MoDELS 2008, Toulouse, France, September/October 2008, Proceedings", Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 5301/2009, Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer-Verlag, 2008.
Kim, C H P., K. Czarnecki, and D. Batory, "On-demand materialization of aspects for application development", The 2008 AOSD Workshop on Software Engineering Properties of Languages and Aspect Technologies - SPLAT '08, Brussels, Belgium, ACM Press, pp. 1 - 6, 2008. [pdf]
Czarnecki, K., S. She, and A. Wąsowski, "Sample Spaces and Feature Models: There and Back Again", 12th International Software Product Line Conference (SPLC 2008), Limerick, Ireland, IEEE, pp. 22 - 31, 2008. [pdf][pdf]
Lee, H M., M. Antkiewicz, and K. Czarnecki, "Towards a Generic Infrastructure for Framework-Specific Integrated Development Environment Extensions", 2nd International Workshop on Domain-Specific Program Development (DSPD’08), co-located with OOPSLA'08, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, 2008. [pdf]
Antkiewicz, M., T. Tonelli Bartolomei, and K. Czarnecki, "Automatic Extraction of Framework-Specific Models From Framework-Based Application Code", 22nd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE), Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 11/2007. [pdf]
Heydarnoori, A., and K. Czarnecki, "Comprehending implementation recipes of framework-provided concepts through dynamic analysis", OOPSLA Companion, Poster Session, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, ACM Press, pp. 819–820, 10/2007.
Heydarnoori, A., and K. Czarnecki, "Mining Implementation Recipes of Framework-Provided Concepts in Dynamic Framework API Interaction Traces", OOPSLA Companion, Tool Demonstration Track, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, ACM Press, pp. 876-877, 10/2007.
White, J., D. C. Schmidt, K. Czarnecki, C. Wienands, G. Lenz, E. Wuchner, and L. Fiege, "Automated Model-Based Configuration of Enterprise Java Applications", 11th IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference (EDOC 2007), Annapolis, USA, IEEE, pp. 301 - 301, 2007. [pdf]
Czarnecki, K., and A. Wąsowski, "Feature Diagrams and Logics: There and Back Again", SPLC '07: Proceedings of the 11th International Software Product Line Conference, Washington, USA, IEEE Computer Society, pp. 23–34, 2007. [pdf][pdf]
Antkiewicz, M., and K. Czarnecki, Framework-Specific Modeling Languages; Examples and Algorithms, : Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, 2007. [pdf]
Hessellund, A., K. Czarnecki, and A. Wąsowski, "Guided Development with Multiple Domain-Specific Languages", ACM/IEEE 10th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (MODELS), vol. 4735, Nashville, USA, Springer, pp. 46 - 60, 2007. [pdf]
Lau, S Q., "Domain Analysis of E-Commerce Systems Using Feature-Based Model Templates", Electrical and Computer Engineering, vol. MASc, Waterloo, University of Waterloo, pp. 168, 2006. [pdf]
Czarnecki, K., M. Antkiewicz, and C H P. Kim, "Multi-level customization in application engineering", Communications of the ACM, vol. 49, issue 12, pp. 60, 12/2006. [pdf]
Antkiewicz, M., and K. Czarnecki, Eclipse Workbench Part Interaction FSML, : Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, pp. 15, 2006. [pdf]