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A. Squassabia
Monett, Missouri

Alberto Squassabia is a software professional specializing in back-end web engineering. He also teaches computer science part-time for Regis University. Alberto is an active coder (primarily in Scala and Java), architect, and team coach with a broad perspective on software development, which he acquired in academia and in the trenches of real life. He earned his first engineering degree from the University of Bologna in Italy and, in a previous life, he practiced as a civil engineer. After admitting he enjoyed writing number-crunching computer models more than designing dams, he switched careers and then earned an MS degree in Computer Science from Colorado State University. His current technical interests include functional programming, scalability at the enterprise and internet-scale scope, testing, and the challenges of big data and distributed computing.

Teaching and keeping up with developments in his areas of interest help him stay close to fundamental principles, as well as consider computer science from the perspective of what can be done, and what cannot (yet) be done. Working in the industry provides great opportunities for intriguing conversations and challenging assignments to make the possible happen. As part of any team, Alberto enjoys the ensuing camaraderie, brain-picking (as victim or predator indifferently), and the shared sense of purpose. Alberto is a member of the ACM, and is a charter member of the Upsilon Pi Epsilon honor society, Colorado State University chapter.

Profile updated 11/3/16


Performance improvements for search systems using an integrated cache of lists + intersections
Tolosa G., Feuerstein E., Becchetti L., Marchetti-Spaccamela A.  Information Retrieval 20(3): 172-198, 2017. Type: Article

This work’s title should more aptly start with “Performance improvement for full-text search systems” because it focuses on that area of application. The lengthy paper (25 pages) revisits and expands on previous work aimed at inc...


Becoming agile: a grounded theory of agile transitions in practice
Hoda R., Noble J.  ICSE 2017 (Proceedings of the 39th International Conference on Software Engineering, Buenos Aires, Argentina,  May 20-28, 2017) 141-151, 2017. Type: Proceedings

The delusion of agility is as common among practicing software engineering teams as is the common cold during the fall season. A software development life cycle (SDLC) as sophisticated as agile can thrive if a team can express a sufficient maturit...


Essential quantum mechanics for electrical engineers
De├ík P.,  Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, Germany, 2017. 224 pp. Type: Book (978-3-527413-55-3)

Essential quantum mechanics for electrical engineers is a deceptively short textbook of almost exactly 200 pages that packs a wallop. If you believe that it’s cruel to allow mathematicians to be college instructors for engineers, this...


Introduction to learning classifier systems
Urbanowicz R., Browne W.,  Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, New York, NY, 2017. 123 pp. Type: Book (978-3-662550-06-9)

In the preface, Introduction to learning classifier systems presents itself as an introductory textbook for undergraduate or graduate students, as well as for practitioners. The scope of the work is encompassing, and its brevity splendid.

On soft error reliability of virtualization infrastructure
Xu X., Huang H.  IEEE Transactions on Computers 65(12): 3727-3739, 2016. Type: Article

Server rooms are often populated with powerful hardware running hypervisors, in turn hosting many guest virtual machines. Here, a soft hardware error may propagate in surprising ways affecting the hypervisor itself, or one or more guests. In contr...


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