From the Director

Welcome to ISR

Welcome to the Institute for Software Research (ISR) at the University of California, Irvine.  ISR is the only Organized Research Unit in the University of California system with a focus on Software Research.  Our goal is to advance software and information technology through research partnerships. Here at ISR, we have become the intersection between cutting edge software research and real world practice.

Over the years we have built an impressive community of academic software researchers and industrial innovators.  ISR offers a range of opportunities for participation and engagement.  We invite you to join us as we continue to transform the field of Software Engineering.

Richard N. Taylor

Featured Project

Crowd Development

This project explores a development process and cloud-based IDE for crowd development looking to apply the microtask crowdsourcing model to software development.

Upcoming Events

ISR Distinguished Speaker

Mark S. Miller

Research Scientist
“The Elements of Decision Alignment: Large programs as complex organizations”
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
ISR Distinguished Speaker

Peri Tarr

Principal Research Staff Member
“Cognitive Software Engineering: Helping Developers Work Successfully in a Cognitive World”
Friday, February 10, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
ISR Distinguished Speaker

Alessandro (Alex) Orso

Professor and Associate School Chair
College of Computing - School of Computer Science
“Software Debugging: Past, Present, and Future”
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

ISR Announcements

Professor Crista Lopes Announced as ISR Associate Director

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Professor Cristina (Crista) Lopes as Associate Director of UCI’s Institute for Software Research (ISR). 

Jun 01, 2016
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News Briefs

  • Director Richard N. Taylor has been ranked #1 in software engineering on the 2016 AMiner Most Influential Scholar Annual List which names the world’s top-cited scholars in science and engineering.  The list is conferred in recognition of outstanding technical achievements with lasting contribution and impact to the research community.  Recipients are automatically determined by a computer algorithm deployed in the AMiner system that tracks and ranks scholars based on citation counts collected by top-venue publications.  Prof. Nenad Medvidović (USC) ranked at #6, and Profs. André van der Hoek, Jim Jones, and Jim Whitehead (UCSC) ranked in the top 100. A total of eight ISR/IRUS alumni ranked in the top 100.

  • Prof. Sameer Patil (Indiana University Bloomington) has earned three federal patents for his work in app search and discovery.  The common thread connecting these patents is their focus on protecting individual privacy while also opening up the convenience of social app search to a wider audience. 

  • Prof. Walt Scacchi has been awarded $119K by the Naval Postgraduate School, Acquisition Research Program for research on Cybersecure Modular Open Architecture Software Systems for Stimulating Innovation. ISR Research Associate Thomas Alspaugh is assisting in the project. This grant is the eleventh consecutive annual research grant award from the NPS to Scacchi and Alspaugh.

Recent Technical Reports

Contextual Determinants for Users’ Acceptance of Personal Data Processing: A Multinational Analysis. By Pédro Leon, Alfred Kobsa, Carolyn Nguyen. December 2016