Vice-Rector Alberta Bonanni presented Priv.-Doz. Dr. Atif Mashkoor with his venia legendi/habilitation certificate.
Atif Mashkoor earned the educational credential in the subject area of software engineering with his post-doc/habilitation dissertation titled "Rigorous Model-Driven Engineering of Software-intensive Safety-critical Systems".
Those pursuing a habilitation/post-doc undergo an academic evaluation in regard to special qualifications that proves their ability to independently conduct academic/scientific research and teach the entire depth and breadth of their selected subject area [facultas docendi], This, in turn, is the prerequisite to grant authorization to teach that particular subject area [venia legendi].
About Atif Mashkoor
Atif Mashkoor, a senior research scientist at the JKU, is currently working on a prestigious DACH grant (Austrian Science Fund-German Research Foundation) regarding the formal validation of requirements specifications. He previously served as the founding managing director of the Sino-Pak Center for AI at Pak-Austria University of Applied Sciences - Institute of Applied Science and Technology, Pakistan. He was also the scientific head at Software Competence Center Hagenberg Ltd., the Austrian center of excellence for software and data science. He is an expert in the field of computer sciences, having earned a PhD at the University of Lorraine, France, a Master's degree at Umeå University, Sweden, and a Bachelor's degree at the University of Arid Agriculture Rawalpindi, Pakistan. He also studied computational linguistics at the University of Rovira i Virgili in Spain.