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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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    Decision-making Under Uncertainty for Autonomous Intelligent Systems


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    Personal profile


    I am a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science in Aston University (since May 2013). At the moment I am the PI of the EPSRC Project Twenty20Insight (2020-2023)(

    In 2019 I was granted  the Leverhulme Fellowship "QuantUn: quantification of uncertainty using Bayesian surprises to be developed in Aston and Inria (Rennes and Paris, France). Before joining Aston, I was a Marie Curie Fellow at INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt , France (May 2011- May 2013) under the  EU Marie-Curie Fellowship (Grant) called Requirements@run.time: Requirements-aware Systems. I am also a Visiting Researcher at Lancaster University (May 2011 – May 2015). Before, I was lecturer and researcher in the Computing School at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. More info can be found at 

    Research Interests

    I am interested in all aspects of software modelling and specially the application of model-driven techniques, during the development and operation of intelligent autonomous systems. I am particularly interested in what I call models@run.time, the use of models and model-driven techniques during runtime. Specific topics:

    • intelligent autonomous and self-adaptive systems
    • decision-making under uncertainty
    • models@run.time
    • model-driven engineering

    Teaching Activity

    Currently, I am teaching

    •  (2017-18 CS3360, CS4860) Software Project Management - Both Undergraduate and Master Level
    •  (2017-18 CS1410) Java Program Development


    • PhD in Computing, Lancaster University, March 2008
    • MSc in Software Engineering, Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV), (honourable mention) 1998
    • Five-year Bachelor in Computing Science, Computing School, Universidad Central de Venezuela, 1993


    • 2013 May – Present, Lecturer in Computer Science, Aston University, UK
    • 2011 May – May 2013, Marie Curie Fellow, INRIA, Paris-Rocquencourt, France
    • 2008 April – April 2011, Senior Research Associate, Lancaster University
    • 2006 – March 2008, Research Associate, Lancaster University
    • 2003 – 2006, Teaching Assistant, Lancaster University
    • 1997 – 2003,  Lecturer, Computing School, Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV)

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • ACM (since May 2008)
    • ACM SIGSOFT, IEEE (since 2008)

    Contact Details

    Phone number: +44 (0)121 204 3392

    Email: or

    Room Number: MB211M

    Education/Academic qualification

    Award Date: 11 Nov 2016

    External positions

    Visiting Researcher

    1 Sep 201930 Sep 2020

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    Research Output

    A Hitchhiker's Guide to Model-Driven Engineering for Data-Centric Systems

    Combemale, B., Kienzle, J. A., Mussbacher, G., Ali, H., Amyot, D., Bagherzadeh, M., Batot, E., Bencomo, N., Benni, B., Bruel, J. M., Cabot, J., Cheng, B. H. C., Collet, P., Engels, G., Heinrich, R., Jezequel, J. M., Koziolek, A., Mosser, S., Reussner, R., Sahraoui, H. & 5 others, Saini, R., Sallou, J., Stinckwich, S., Syriani, E. & Wimmer, M., 15 May 2020, In : IEEE Software.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access

    Next steps in variability management due to autonomous behaviour and runtime learning

    Bencomo, N., 5 Feb 2020, Proceedings - VaMoS 2020: 14th International Working Conference on Variability Modelling of Software-Intensive Systems. Cordy, M., Acher, M., Beuche, D. & Saake, G. (eds.). ACM, p. 1-2 a2

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference publication

  • Opportunities in intelligent modeling assistance

    Mussbacher, G., Combemale, B., Kienzle, J., Abrahão, S., Ali, H., Bencomo, N., Búr, M., Burgueño, L., Engels, G., Jeanjean, P., Jézéquel, J. M., Kühn, T., Mosser, S., Sahraoui, H., Syriani, E., Varró, D. & Weyssow, M., 1 Sep 2020, In : Software and Systems Modeling. 19, 5, p. 1045-1053 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Run-time and Collective Adaptation of Gameful Systems

    Bencomo, N., Bucchiarone, A., Loria, E., Marcon, A. & Cicchetti, A., 21 Aug 2020.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    Toward model-driven sustainability evaluation

    Kienzle, J., Mussbacher, G., Combemale, B., Bastin, L., Bencomo, N., Bruel, J-M., Becker, C., Betz, S., Chitchyan, R., Cheng, B., Klingert, S., Paige, R. F., Penzenstadler, B., Seyff, N., Syriani, E. & Venters, C., 24 Feb 2020, In : Communications of the ACM. 63, 3, p. 80-91 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Prizes

    10-year most influential paper in Requirements Engineering conference 2009

    Bencomo, Nelly (Recipient), Sawyer, Peter (Recipient), Betty H.C. Cheng (Recipient) & jonathan whittle (Recipient), 26 Sep 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • 10-year most influential paper in MODELS conference 2009

    Bencomo, Nelly (Recipient), 20 Sep 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • QuantUn: quantification of uncertainty using Bayesian surprises

    Bencomo, Nelly (Recipient), 22 Mar 2019

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Requirements-aware Systems ( Requirements@run.time)

    Bencomo, Nelly (Recipient), 20 Dec 2009

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively