News Briefs

  • Prof. Walt Scacchi has been awarded $117,500 by the Naval Postgraduate School, Acquisition Research Program for his research on “Achieving Better Buying Power through Acquisition of Open Architecture Software Systems for Web and Mobile Devices.” This marks the nineth consecutive award for Scacchi and ISR research associate Thomas Alspaugh from the NPS ARP.

    January 2015
  • Prof. Crista Lopes has received $325,724 in DARPA funding for her research on “Software Datasets for Code Mining.”

    January 2015
  • Prof. Norman Makoto Su joins ISR as a faculty associate. Welcome aboard Norm!

    December 2014
  • Prof. Alfred Kobsa is the recipient of a $60,000 Google Faculty Research Award for his research on Predicting People’s Privacy Preferences for Ubiquitous Personal Data Disclosure. Kobsa will investigate the predictability of user privacy preferences in a ubiquitous personal data disclosure scenario.

    November 2014
  • Postdoctoral research associate Thomas LaToza presented a paper titled “Harnessing the Crowd: Decontextualizing Software Work” at the 1st International Workshop on Context in Software Development (CSD), held with the ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE 2014) in Hong Kong in November. The paper was co-authored by W. Ben Towne (CMU) and ISR Prof. André van der Hoek.

    November 2014
  • Prof. Walt Scacchi hosted a visit by research fellow Klaas-Jan Stol from LERO, the Irish Software Engineering Research Center. At ISR, Stol explored Open Source Software (OSS) and Computer Games interests with Scacchi and Ph.D. student Michael Gorlick. 

    November 2014
  • 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

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