Our goal is to advance software engineering and information technology by fostering innovative basic and applied research. We support a community of researchers and place high-value on cooperative partnerships. We work with established companies, start-ups, government agencies, and standards bodies to develop and transition technologies to widespread and practical application. We also support the education of the next generation of software researchers and practitioners, providing a vibrant community in which, e.g., students pursuing a Ph.D. or Masters degree in Software Engineering participate. We innovate, write code, and eat a lot of pizza!
Research emphases of the Institute include software architecture, decentralized development and applications, configurable distributed systems, design, Internet-scale event notification, web technologies, computer-supported cooperative work, human-computer interaction, visualization, privacy and security, open source software development, ubiquitous computing, software understanding, software processes, requirements engineering, analysis and testing, software engineering education, and game culture and technologies.
ISR researchers are engaged in a wide variety of sponsored research projects Many are funded by the National Science Foundation. Other sponsors and supporters include the U.S. Navy, the San Francisco Symphony, Northrop Grumman, Panasonic, and The Aerospace Corporation.
ISR supports the research community through conference management services. ISR staff have supported, for example, the 33rd International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2011) and the 26th and 28th Annual ACM Conference on Systems, Programming, Languages, Applications: Software for Humanity (SPLASH 2011 and SPLASH 2013). ISR faculty, staff, and graduate students played key roles in these conferences.
ISR is an affiliate of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology - Calit2.