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Patricia Lago is Professor of Software Engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where she leads the Software and Services (S2) research group in the Computer Science Department. Her research is in software architecture, software and service design, software quality assessment and software sustainability.

She is initiator and coordinator of the Computer Science Master Track in Software Engineering and Green IT, and co-founder of the Green Lab, a place where researchers, students and companies collaborate to measure the energy- and sustainability footprint of software solutions and the impact on software quality.

She is in the management team of IPN (ICT-research Platform Netherlands), and Vice-chair of VERSEN, the Dutch National Association for Software Engineering.

She is member of the Steering Committees of conference series IEEE ICSA, ECSA and ICT4S; member of the IFIP 2.10 Working group on Software Architecture, the IFIP 2.14 Working group on Services-based Systems, the Dutch Knowledge Network on Green Software, and of 'Het Groene Brein'.


Her passion in research is to create software engineering knowledge that makes software better, smarter, and more sustainable.

She is specialized in architecture design decision making and quality assessment, with a special focus on software innovation, sustainable software, and software for sustainability.


Teaching courses:

  • Service Oriented Design
  • Software Architecture

Coordinator of courses:

  • Literature Study and Seminar
  • Developing Services for the Cloud

Lecturer in courses:

  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Bachelor Project Information Sciences

Ancillary activities

  • Elsevier, Journal of Systems and Softwar | Nvt | Area editor | 2013-12-16 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily


  • software architecture
  • sustainability
  • architecture design decision making
  • software quality

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Research Output 2004 2019

A manifesto for energy-aware software

Fonseca, A., Kazman, R. & Lago, P., 1 Nov 2019, In : IEEE Software. 36, 6, p. 79-82 4 p., 8880037.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Electric power utilization

An extensible data-driven approach for evaluating the quality of microservice architectures

Cardarelli, M., Di Salle, A., Iovino, L., Malavolta, I., Di Francesco, P. & Lago, P., 8 Apr 2019, Proceedings of the 34th Annual ACM/SIGAPP Symposium on Applied Computing, SAC 2019, Limassol, Cyprus, April 08-12, 2019. Limassol: ACM, p. 1225-1234 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review


Architecting with microservices: A systematic mapping study

Di Francesco, P., Lago, P. & Malavolta, I., 1 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Systems and Software. 150, 4, p. 77-97 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Architecture Design Decision Maps for Software Sustainability

Lago, P., May 2019.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaperAcademic

Open Access
Sustainable development
Software design
Electric sparks

A tale of three systems: Case studies on the application of architectural tactics for cyber-foraging

Lewis, G., Lago, P., Echeverria, S. & Simoens, P., 1 Jul 2019, In : Future generations computer systems: FGCS. 96, p. 119-147 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Mobile devices

Activities 2009 2016

  • 4 Editorial work
  • 2 Lecture / Presentation

Power-efficient quality-assuring decision framework

F. Alizadeh Moghaddam (Speaker), P. Grosso (Speaker), P. Lago (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

A user perspective on energy profiling tools in HPC environments

F. Alizadeh Moghaddam (Speaker), T. Geenen (Speaker), P. Lago (Speaker), P. Grosso (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Informatie (Journal)

H. Bierman (Member of editorial board), P. Huijbers (Member of editorial board), P. Lago (Member of editorial board), K. Millis (Member of editorial board), S. Poppe (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Journal of Systems and Software (Journal)

P. Lago (Reviewer)
1 Jan 2010 → …

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

IEEE Software (Journal)

P. Lago (Member of editorial board), P. Avgeriou (Member of editorial board), R. Hilliard (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic


Best paper award

Grace Lewis (Recipient) & Patricia Lago (Recipient), 4 Apr 2016


Software architecture

Best Paper Award

Roberto Verdecchia (Recipient) & Patricia Lago (Recipient), 11 Jan 2019


Runner-up Best Paper Award

Roberto Verdecchia (Recipient), Patricia Lago (Recipient) & G. Procaccianti (Recipient), 2018