Thorsten Händler

Thorsten Händler, Staatsexamen

Office: D2.2.048

Universitätsassistent prae doc
Teaching and Research Associate
Vienna University of Economics and Business

I am a Research Associate at the Institute for Information Systems and New Media. Before joining the institute, I graduated in Informatics and Classical Philology with the German Staatsexamen degree (Master equivalent) from the Goethe University (Frankfurt, Germany) and worked subsequently as a software developer and IT consultant. Currently I am pursuing my research interests in software engineering (see below) in the framework of a PhD program at the WU.

Research Interests

  • Software Quality & Technical Debt
  • Scenario-based Engineering Techniques
  • Model-driven Software Development


  • Course: Grundzüge der Modellierung (Principles of Software Modeling) every semester.
  • I also offer topics related to my research interests for bachelor theses and seminar papers (link).


  • T. Haendler, S. Sobernig and M. Strembeck: Towards Triaging Code-Smell Candidates via Runtime Scenarios and Method-Call Dependencies, In: Proc. of the 9th International Workshop on Managing Technical Debt (MTD 2017) at XP 2017, Cologne, May 2017.
  • T. Haendler, S. Sobernig and M. Strembeck: Deriving UML-based Specifications of Inter-Component Interactions from Runtime Tests, In: Proc. of the 31st ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2016), Software Engineering Track, ACM Press, pp. 1573-1575, April 2016.
  • T. Haendler, S. Sobernig and M. Strembeck: Deriving Tailored UML Interaction Models from Scenario-Based Runtime Tests, In: Software Technologies (Revised Selected Papers of ICSOFT 2015), Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS), Volume 586, Springer International Publishing, pp. 326-348, February 2016. Acceptance rate: 20% (23/117).
  • T. Haendler, S. Sobernig and M. Strembeck: An Approach for the Semi-automated Derivation of UML Interaction Models from Scenario-based Runtime Tests, In: Proc. of the 10th International Conference on Software Engineering and Applications (ICSOFT-EA 2015), Colmar, France, SciTePress, pp. 229-240, July 2015. Acceptance rate (full papers): 11% (10/92) Paper Award.

Software Projects