Introducing the winners of the VERSEN PhD Awards – ICT.OPEN2020

The VERSEN PhD Thesis Awards 2020 have been created to encourage excellent research in the domain of Software Engineering in the Netherlands. Due to the cancellation of ICT.OPEN2020, the VERSEN PhD Thesis Award Ceremony had to be cancelled. We are proud to introduce the winners of the awards in this short video:

The VERSEN PhD thesis awards 2020 are supported by NWO ( and HCL Technologies (

The members of the jury, Jan Friso Groote, Slinger Jansen, and Patricia Lago, used the following criteria for judging:

  • Novelty to and impact in the field promoted by VERSEN.
  • Timeliness
  • Quality of the thesis report and associated artifacts.
  • Methodological approach and execution.

The winners of the VERSEN PhD award are:

  1. Moritz Beller (Technical University Delft) with the thesis “An Empirical Evaluation of Feedback-Driven Software Development”, supervised by Prof. dr. Andy Zaidman, dr. Georgios Gousios, and Prof. dr. Arie van Deursen.
  2. Marcus Gerhold (University of Twente) with the thesis “Choice and Chance: Model-Based Testing of Stochastic Behaviour” supervised by Prof. dr. Marielle Stoelinga and Prof. dr. Jaco van de Pol.
  3. Vincent Bloemen (University of Twente) with the thesis “Strong Connectivity and Shortest Paths for Checking Models” supervised by Prof. dr. Jaco van de Pol and Prod. dr. Wil van der Aalst.