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.

Interim Director Prof. Cristina Videira Lopes

Featured Project

Fault Comprehension

Software models, visualizations, and techniques to aid in the diagnosis of the faults in the software.

Upcoming Events

ISR Distinguished Speaker

Miryung Kim

Associate Professor
“Interactive and Automated Debugging for Big Data Analytics”
Friday, February 16, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Held in cooperation with ISR.

Monday, February 26, 2018 to Thursday, March 1, 2018
ISR Distinguished Speaker

Xiangyu Zhang

“Causality Inference during Program Execution for Attack Provenance Tracking”
Friday, March 2, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

News Briefs

  • Interim Director Cristina Videira Lopes is leading a research project on code cloning on GitHub described in the paper “DéjàVu: A Map of Code Duplicates on GitHub.” The paper was presented at SPLASH 2017 - OOPSLA in Vancouver, Canada in October. The artifact produced for the paper won the Distinguished Artifact Award, and the research has been covered by numerous tech publications, including The Register, BleepingComputer, the morning paper, Slashdot, Developpez (in French), OpenNET (in Russian), Toutiao (in Chinese), and Sohu (in Chinese). The paper is authored by Lopes, Petr Maj, Czech Technical University in Prague, Assistant Project Scientist Pedro Martins, Ph.D. students Vaibhav Saini and Di Yang, Jakub Zitny, CTU Prague, alumnus Hitesh Sajnani, Microsoft Research, and Prof. Jan Vitek, CTU Prague. Learn more at:

  • Prof. Paul Dourish gave a keynote talk titled “Exploring the Materialities of Digital Information” at the 28th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS), held in Hobart, Tasmania in December

  • Prof. Gloria Mark is a co-PI on a recently awarded $1.26 M grant from NSF CHS on Managing Stress in the Workplace: Unobtrusive Monitoring and Adaptive Interventions. The goal of the grant is to study in situ factors that cause workplace stress and to develop interventions to reduce stress among information workers. Her co-PIs are Prof. Ricardo Gutierrez-Osuna, Texas A&M University and Prof. Ioannis Pavlidis, University of Houston.

Recent Technical Reports