Colette Rolland

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Colette Rolland
Scientific career
Fieldscomputer scientist

Colette Rolland (born 1943, in Dieupentale, Tarn-et-Garonne, France) is a French computer scientist and Professor of Computer Science in the department of Mathematics and Informatics at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, and a leading researcher in the area of information and knowledge systems, known for her work on meta-modeling, particularly goal modelling[1][2] and situational method engineering.[3]


In 1966 she studied applied mathematics at the University of Nancy, where she received her PhD in 1971. In 1973 she was appointed Professor at the University of Nancy, Department of Computer Science. In 1979 she became Professor at University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne Department of Mathematics and Informatics.[4] She has been involved in a large number of European research projects and used to lead cooperative research projects with companies. She is currently Professor Emeritus of Computer Science in the department of Mathematics and Informatics.

Rolland is in the editorial board of a number of journals including Journal of Information Systems, Journal on Information and Software Technology, Requirements Engineering Journal, Journal of Networking and Information Systems, Data and Knowledge Engineering Journal, Journal of Data Base Management and Journal of Intelligent Information Systems. She is the French representative in IFIP TC8 on Information Systems and has been the co chair and chairperson of the IFIP WG8.1 during nine years.[5]

Rolland has been awarded a number of prizes including the IFIP Silver Core, IFIP service award, the Belgium prize ‘de la Fondation Franqui’ and the European prize of ‘Information Systems’.[5]


Roland's research interests are in the areas of information modeling, databases, temporal data modeling, object-oriented analysis and design, requirements engineering and specially change engineering, method engineering, CASE and CAME tools, change management and enterprise knowledge development.[5]


Rolland is the co-author of 7 textbooks; editor of 25 proceedings and author or co-author of over 280 invited and referred papers.[6]

Books, a selection:

Papers, a selection:


  1. ^ Klaus Pohl, Günter Böckle, and Frank Van Der Linden. Software product line engineering: foundations, principles, and techniques. Springer, 2005.
  2. ^ Van Lamsweerde, Axel. "Goal-oriented requirements engineering: A guided tour." Requirements Engineering, 2001. Proceedings. Fifth IEEE International Symposium on. IEEE, 2001.
  3. ^ Henderson-Sellers, Brian, and Jolita Ralyté. "Situational Method Engineering: State-of-the-Art Review." J. UCS 16.3 (2010): 424-478.
  4. ^ Requirement Engineering Interview. Accessed 4 Feb 2009.
  5. ^ a b c Short biography Archived 2008-12-31 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 4 Feb 2009.
  6. ^ Colette Rolland List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server. Accessed 4 Feb 2009.
    - Colette Rolland : Professeur Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne Google Scholar profile.

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