Victor Basili

Professor Emeritus
(301) 405-2668
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Special Awards/Honors: 
ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow

Victor R. Basili is a professor emeritus of computer science.

He served as chairman of the Department of Computer Science from 1982 to 1988. He founded the Fraunhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering – Maryland, where he served as executive director from 1998 to 2004. Basili was also one of the founders and principals in the Software Engineering Laboratory (SEL) at NASA/GSFC (1976 to 2001).

Basili has been working on measuring, evaluating, and improving the software development process and product for more than 30 years.

He has worked with many organizations, including AT&T, Boeing, Daimler-Chrysler, Ericsson, FAA, GE, GTE, IBM, Lucent, MCC, and Motorola, and has been a grant recipient from NSF, NASA, AFOSR, ONR, AFOSR, AFRL, DARPA, IBM, Burroughs, Hughes, VITRO, NEC, Finseil, Amdahl, Coopers and Lybrand, Toho Gas, Ricoh, Mutsuhito Panasonic, Sogei, Daimler Benz, Bellcore and Fujitsu. He is a recipient of a 1989 NASA Group Achievement Award, a 1990 NASA/GSFC Productivity Improvement and Quality Enhancement Award, the 1997 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics and Computer Science by the Washington Academy of Sciences, the 2000 Outstanding Research Award from ACM SIGSOFT, and the 2003 Harlan Mills Award for the IEEE Computer Society.

Basili has authored more than 250 journal and refereed conference papers, given more than 50 keynote addresses, served as editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, and as Program Chair and General Chair of the 6th and 15th International Conference on Software Engineering, respectively. He was an editor of the Journal of Systems and Software. He is founding co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Empirical Software Engineering, published by Springer. He is an IEEE and ACM Fellow.

He received a B.S. degree from Fordham College and an M.S. degree from Syracuse University, both in mathematics. Basili received his doctorate in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a recipient of the Laurea Honoris Causa in Informatic Engineering from the University of Sannio in Italy (2004) and an Honorary Ph.D. in Natural Sciences (dr.rer.nat h.c) from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany in 2005.




Zhang Z, Basili VR, Shneiderman B.  1998.  An Empirical Study of Perspective-Based Usability Inspection. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual MeetingProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. 42(19):1346-1350.


Morasca S, Briand LC, Basili VR, Weyuker EJ, Zelkowitz MV, Kitchenham B, Lawrence Pfleeger S, Fenton N.  1997.  Comments on "Towards a framework for software measurement validation". Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on. 23(3):187-189.


Basili VR, Green S, Laitenberger O, Lanubile F, Shull F, Sørumgård S, Zelkowitz MV.  1996.  The empirical investigation of Perspective-Based Reading. Empirical Software Engineering. 1(2):133-164.


Basili VR, Zelkowitz MV, McGarry F, Page J, Waligora S, Pajerski R.  1995.  SEL's software process improvement program. Software, IEEE. 12(6):83-87.




Basili VR, Chang S, Gannon J, Katz E, Panlilio-Yap MN, Ramsey C L, Zelkowitz MV, Bailey J, Kruesi E, Sheppard S.  1984.  Monitoring an Ada software development. ACM SIG Ada Letters. IV(1):32-39.

Zelkowitz MV, Yeh RT, Hamlet RG, Gannon JD, Basili VR.  1984.  Software Engineering Practices in the US and Japan. Computer. 17(6):57-66.


Zelkowitz MV, Yeh R, Hamlet RG, Gannon JD, Basili VR.  1983.  The Software Industry: A State of the Art Survey. Foundations of Empirical Software Engineering: The Legacy of Victor R. Basili. 1:383-383.



Basili VR, Zelkowitz MV.  1978.  Analyzing medium-scale software development. Proceedings of the 3rd international conference on Software engineering.

Basili VR, Zelkowitz MV.  1978.  Operation of the Software Engineering Laboratory. Proceedings of the Second US Army/IEEE Software Life Cycle Management Workshop. New York: Computer Societies Press.


Basili VR, Zelkowitz MV.  1977.  The software engineering laboratory: Objectives. Proceedings of the fifteenth annual SIGCPR conference.