News Briefs

  • Alumnus Girish Suryanarayana’s book “Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt” (co-authored by Ganesh Samarthyam and Tushar Sharma; published by Morgan Kaufmann/Elsevier; with forewords by Grady Booch and Dr. Stéphane Ducasse) has been released. According to Suryanarayana (Ph.D. 2007; R. Taylor, advisor), this book is a must-read for software developers, designers, and architects who are looking to improve the quality of their design. It includes a collection of 25 structural design smells, and discusses how smells uncover mistakes made while designing, reveals what design principles were overlooked or misapplied, and identifies what principles need to be applied properly to address those smells through refactoring. Organized across common areas of software design, each smell is presented with diagrams and examples illustrating the poor design practices and the problems that result. The book describes how the overall quality of software can be improved significantly and technical debt can be reduced by finding and addressing smells in the design. The book also includes a number of anecdotes based on experiences in real-world projects. 

    November 2014
  • Prof. Bonnie Nardi gave a keynote address titled “Activity Theory and Imagination: Possible-Worlds Artifacts and Practices” at the 4th Congress of the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research (ISCAR) in October in Sydney, Australia. 

    October 2014
  • Prof. André van der Hoek  delivered a keynote address titled "Software Design Sketching" at the 28th Brazilian Symposium on Software Engineering (SBES) in October in Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil.

    October 2014
  • Postdoctoral research associate Thomas LaToza co-chaired the Fifth Workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU) at the ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity (SPLASH 2014) held in October in Portland, OR. 

    October 2014
  • Prof. Alfred Kobsa co-chaired the 8th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys 2014), held October 6-10 in the Silicon Valley’s Foster City. This conference is the premier international forum for presentation of new research results, systems, and techniques in the broad field of recommender systems. 

    October 2014
  • Prof. Alfred Kobsa has been awarded $666,343 by the National Science Foundation for his research on user privacy decision support. The proposal, "A User-Tailored Approach to Privacy Decision Support," seeks to realistically empower users for privacy choices, through personalized default settings and through rationales for disclosure that best suit users’ anticipated decision-making. Throughout his research, Kobsa will work with industry to deploy solutions for privacy decision support.

    September 2014
  • ISR Director Richard N. Taylor has been awarded $199,960 by the National Science Foundation for his research on "EAGER: Accountability Through Architecture for Decentralized Systems".

    September 2014
  • Prof. André van der Hoek and Post-Doctoral Researcher Thomas LaToza have been awarded $1.4M by the National Science Foundation for their research on CrowdProgramming which seeks to bring the benefits of microtask crowdsourcing to programming.

    June 2014
  • Prof. Alfred Kobsa, has been awarded a $70,000 grant from Intel Labs to support his research on users’ privacy decision-making in the context of mobile and ubiquitous computing.

    June 2014
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher Birgit Penzenstadler will be joining the Computer Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) Department of California State University Long Beach as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in January 2015.

    June 2014

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