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Experimentation & Evaluation


Bavota G.

Course director

Alchieri L.



Computer scientists build complex systems or choose among existing systems to satisfy perceived needs and requirements. The system is then deployed in an environment consisting of humans and other systems. How do we know the impact of the system on the environment and how well it meets the perceived requirements? A fundamental skill in informatics is the ability to design experiments for evaluating computer systems from several perspectives. In this course, the students will acquire a basic understanding of how to design such experiments and what pitfalls to avoid during design and experimentation. Basic concepts of experimental design, data measurement, qualitative and quantitative evaluation, and evaluation with and without users will be covered.


To teach the basic skills needed to design and conduct experiments in order to evaluate computer systems or system features.

Teaching mode

In presence

Learning methods

Lectures, presentations, homework assignments and in-class discussions.

Examination information

The grade is defined based on assignments and final exam.