Katarzyna Biesialska

Katarzyna Biesialska

PhD Candidate

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)


I’m pursuing a doctoral degree in Computing at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona. I’m a member of the Software and Service Engineering (GESSI) research group.

In my research, I explore data-driven mechanisms to improve agile software development processes in large organizations. My research interests range from data analytics, machine learning (particularly in NLP) to agile/lean management, organizational structures and processes. I’m advised by Prof. Xavier Franch and Dr. Victor Muntés Mulero.

During my professional career I’ve had an opportunity to get exposure to the full end-to-end IT project lifecycle from the implementation as well as coordination perspective. Through these experiences, I’ve gained an in-depth knowledge of IT service delivery and business processes.


  • Mining Software Repositories
  • Software Engineering
  • Machine Learning
  • Process Mining


  • PhD in Computing (in progress)

    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

  • MSc in Engineering - Computer Science

    Warsaw University of Technology

  • MA - Management

    University of Warsaw

  • BSc in Engineering - Computer Science

    Warsaw University of Technology

Recent News

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[13/10/2020] New paper 📝 on Big Data Analytics in Agile Software Development published in the Information and Software Technology journal.

[02/10/2020] We were invited 📬 to submit an extended version of our conference paper to the Journal of Intelligent Information Systems!

[30/09/2020] 🎉 Two papers accepted today 🎊🍾! One to COLING 2020 conference (CORE A rank), and the second one to the Information and Software Technology journal.

[01/07/2020 - 03/07/2020] Participated in the 6th International Summer School on Software Engineering 🎓, unfortunately only virtually 🏠.

[15/06/2020] Our paper on Sentiment Analysis with Contextual Embeddings and Self-Attention was nominated for Best Paper Award 🏆 at ISMIS 2020 (ranked among the top 6.97% of accepted papers)!


Continual Lifelong Learning in Natural Language Processing: A Survey

Sentiment Analysis with Contextual Embeddings and Self-Attention

Nominated for Best Paper Award (top 6.97% of accepted regular papers).

Requirements Dependency Extraction by Integrating Active Learning with Ontology-Based Retrieval

Work Experience


Associate Research Engineer (Industrial PhD)

CA Technologies, Strategic Research

2017 – 2019 Barcelona, Spain

Startup Co-Founder

2014 – 2017

Change Manager for Business Intelligence/Data Warehouse solutions


2013 – 2014 Warsaw, Poland

Business Intelligence/Data Warehouse Specialist


2011 – 2013 Warsaw, Poland

Business Intelligence/Data Warehouse Consultant

SAS Institute

2008 – 2010 Warsaw, Poland

Awards, Grants ­ & Certificates

FI Scholarship Grant for Pre-doctoral Researchers

Awarded a PhD grant (FI 2019) to conduct a 3-year doctoral research project

Industrial Doctorate Grant

Awarded an industrial research grant (DI 2017) to conduct a doctoral research project


STEM Careers and Skills of the Future

The STEM Alliance proposes a series of online events (webinars and chat discussions) and career sheets that aim to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers with role models. Representatives from companies – partners of the STEM Alliance – are invited to give online and written presentations to inform teachers about possible careers in their companies. The career sheet serves as an awareness-raising tool for teachers and career guidance officers, as well as providing valuable information for the companies’ own awareness-raising campaigns.
[Link to the interview]