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)


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Berger, T., S. She, R. Lotufo, K. Czarnecki, and A. Wąsowski, "Feature-to-Code Mapping in Two Large Product Lines", Software Product Lines: Going Beyond, vol. 6287: Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, pp. 498-499, 2010. [pdf]
Berger, T., R. Rublack, D. Nair, J. M. Atlee, M. Becker, K. Czarnecki, and A. Wąsowski, "A survey of variability modeling in industrial practice", 7th International Workshop on Variability Modelling of Software-intensive Systems (VaMoS), 2013. [pdf][pdf]
Berger, T., R-H. Pfeiffer, R. Tartler, S. Dienst, K. Czarnecki, A. Wąsowski, and S. She, "Variability Mechanisms in Software Ecosystems", Information and Software Technology, vol. 56, issue 11, 2014. [pdf]
Berger, T., S. She, R. Lotufo, A. Wąsowski, and K. Czarnecki, Variability Modeling in the Systems Software Domain, : Generative Software Development Laboratory, University of Waterloo, 2012. [pdf]
Berger, T., S. She, K. Czarnecki, and A. Wąsowski, Feature-to-Code Mapping in Two Large Product Lines, , Leipzig, Department of Computer Science, University of Leipzig, 2010. [pdf]
Branco, M., Y. Xiong, K. Czarnecki, J. M. Küster, and H. Voelzer, An Empirical Study on Consistency Management of Business and IT Process Models, , Waterloo, Generative Software Development Laboratory, 2012. [pdf]
Branco, M., Y. Xiong, K. Czarnecki, A. Lau, and P. Coulthard, "Friendly Change Extraction for BPMN Workflows", IBM TechConnect, Markham, ON, Canada, IBM, 05/2011. [pdf]
Branco, M., Y. Xiong, K. Czarnecki, J. Wong, and A. Lau, "Effective Collaboration and Consistency Management in Business Process Modeling", The 2010 Conference of the Center for Advanced Studies on Collaborative Research - CASCON '10, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, ACM Press, 2010. [pdf]
Branco, M., Y. Xiong, K. Czarnecki, J. M. Küster, and H. Völzer, "A Case Study on Consistency Management of Business and IT Process Models in Banking", SoSyM - Special Issue on Enterprise Modeling, 2013.
Branco, M., Y. Xiong, K. Czarnecki, A. Lau, P. Coulthard, J. Kuester, and H. Voelzer, "Quick Consistency Management in BPM", IBM CASCON 2011, 2011.
Branco, M., J. Troya, K. Czarnecki, J. M. Küster, and H. Völzer, "Matching Business Process Workflows Across Abstraction Levels", MODELS 2012, Innsbruck, Austria, ACM/IEEE, 2012.
Breymann, U., K. Czarnecki, and U. Eisenecker, "Generative Components: One Step Beyond Generic Programming", Dagstuhl Seminar 9817 Generic Programming, Germany, Dagstuhl Castle, 04/1998.
Chauchan, M., R. Pellizzoni, and K. Czarnecki, "Modeling the Effects of AUTOSAR Overheads on Application Timing and Schedulability", Design Automation Conference, 06/2017.
Cleenewerck, T., K. Czarnecki, J. Striegnitz, and M. Völter, "Evolution and Reuse of Language Specifications for DSLs (ERLS)", Object-Oriented Technology. ECOOP 2004 Workshop Reader, vol. 3344, Berlin / Heidelberg, Springer-Verlag, pp. 187-201, 2005.
Czarnecki, K., J-M. Favre, M. Gogolla, and T. Mens, "Essentials of the 4th UML/MoDELS Workshop in Software Model Engineering (WiSME’2005)", Satellite Events at the MoDELS 2005 Conference, vol. 3844, Berlin/Heidelberg, Springer-Verlag, pp. 151 - 158, 2005.
Czarnecki, K., M. Antkiewicz, C H P. Kim, S Q. Lau, and K. Pietroszek, "Model-Driven Software Product Lines", OOPSLA'05 Companion, 2005. [pdf]
Czarnecki, K., and U. Eisenecker, "Separating the Configuration Aspect to Support Architecture Evolution", ECOOP’2000 Workshop on Aspects and Dimensions of Concerns, Sophia Antipolis and Cannes, France, 2000.
Czarnecki, K., and K. Pietroszek, "Verifying feature-based model templates against well-formedness OCL constraints", 5th international conference on Generative programming and component engineering - GPCE '06, Portland, Oregon, USA, ACM Press, pp. 211, 2006. [pdf]
Czarnecki, K., "Domain Engineering", Encyclopedia of Software Engineering, Second Edition, 2002.
Czarnecki, K., and S. Helsen, "Feature-based survey of model transformation approaches", IBM Systems Journal, vol. 45, issue 3, no. 3, Riverton, NJ, USA, IBM Corp., pp. 621–645, 2006. [pdf]
Czarnecki, K., R. Hanselmann, U. Eisenecker, and W. Kopf, "ClassExpert: a knowledge-based assistant to support reuse by specialization and modification in Smalltalk", Fourth IEEE International Conference on Software Reuse, Orlando, USA, IEEE Computer Society Press, pp. 188 - 194, 1996.
Czarnecki, K., "Generative Programming and Software System Families, Abstract of Invited Talk", Semantics, Applications, and Implementation of Program Generation, vol. 2196, Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer, pp. 1 - 1, 2001.
Czarnecki, K., S. Helsen, and U. Eisenecker, "Staged configuration through specialization and multilevel configuration of feature models", Software Process: Improvement and Practice, vol. 10, issue 2, pp. 143 - 169, 04/2005. [pdf]