Faculty profile: Professor Eric Yu
A stellar year for Eric Yu
iSchool Professor Eric Yu has enjoyed two great professional achievements in 2011.
Social Modelling for Requirements Engineering
In January, a book he co-edited with Paolo Giorgini (Italy), Neil Maiden (London), and John Mylopoulos (Italy) was published by MIT Press.
The book centres around theories laid down by Professor Yu more than fifteen years ago in his doctoral dissertation, which introduced the i* framework for modeling and analyzing strategic actor relationships.
Social Modeling for Requirements Engineering (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011) includes his original work on social modeling for requirements analysis, as well as eighteen outstanding essays that represent the work of nearly two dozen scholars whose work has been constructed on foundations built by Professor Yu.
Much of the difficulty in creating information technology systems that truly meet people’s needs lies in the problem of pinning down system requirements. This book offers a new approach to the requirements challenge, based on modeling and analyzing the relationships among stakeholders.
“The publication is a monumental achievement. It further cements Eric’s reputation as an internationally recognized leader in his field. All of us are proud to have this innovative and path-making scholar as a colleague and mentor,” says Dr. Seamus Ross, Dean of the Faculty of Information.
Dr. Yu achieved another milestone in July 2011 when he became a full professor at the iSchool.
He joined the Faculty of Information in 1995, after receiving his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto. His ongoing research focuses on the analysis and design of information systems and services in social contexts and knowledge management.
Yu’s projects include designing for security and privacy, agile software development, and business modeling for business intelligence.