Spotlight

Dr. Joshua GarciaFor the past two and a half years, Associate Project Scientist Dr. Joshua Garcia, has made his mark at ISR, focussing his research on mobile security, testing, and analysis; software architecture; and software maintenance and re-engineering. Garcia, who is a member of Professor Sam Malek’s Software Engineering and Analysis Laboratory, received his Ph.D.

For Summer and Fall 2017, ISR faculty member André van der Hoek and his research lab (Software Design and Collaboration Laboratory) hosted undergraduate students from two Korean universities – Ajou University and Kookmin University – as part of the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) International Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (I-SURF) program. Originally slated to be a three-month summer visit, the research project was such a success that two students stayed on for an additional three months this Fall quarter to further the research.

What if computing was serious about the fact that we live on a finite planet? The Computing within LIMITS community, including ISR Prof. Bonnie Nardi, explores this question in two ways. First, LIMITS examines how computing itself can use resources more efficiently and produce less waste. Although computing consumes only about 2% of the world’s electricity, the voluminous e-waste it generates is dangerous to human health (and other forms of life), and is growing rapidly as devices proliferate.

Dr. Saito, Mr. Adachi, Mr. Tanno, and Dr. Garcia.ISR is pleased to host visiting researcher Dr. Shinobu Saito, a Senior Research Engineer at the NTT Software Innovation Center (NTT SIC), Software Engineering Project, in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Saito’s research interests are in software requirements engineering, design recovery, business modeling, and business process management.

Dr. Saito, Mr. Horikawa, Mr. Oka, and Prof. van der Hoek.From July 1, 2016 through December 30, 2017, ISR is hosting visiting researcher Dr. Shinobu Saito, Senior Research Engineer at the NTT Software Innovation Center (NTT SIC), Software Engineering Project, in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Saito’s research interests are in software requirements engineering, design recovery, business modeling, and business process management. During his stay at ISR, Dr. Saito has been interacting with Prof. André van der Hoek and Prof. Jim Jones, among others. Dr.

REINFORCE workshop attendees. Prof. Sam Malek (far left), Prof. Nenad Medvidović (center, with glasses), and Associate Project Scientist Dr. Joshua Garcia (second from right).Over the past two decades, software architecture research has yielded many different tools and techniques for understanding the architectures of large software systems. However, the work in the area is still characterized by one-off approaches and evaluations on limited and/or proprietary datasets.

Arzang Kasiri and Bryce Tham, ICS Class of 2017.Starting in Spring 2016, two ICS undergraduate students, Arzang Kasiri and Bryce Tham, sought to get involved in a research project at ISR. Prof. Walt Scacchi agreed to serve as their faculty mentor. This relationship was then formalized through a full-year of ICS-Honors coursework in directed research under Scacchi’s direction.

ISR Founding Director, Prof. Richard N. Taylor, who retired in 2013, has passed the directorship baton to Interim Director Cristina Lopes as of July 1. Taylor has served as Director since ISR’s inception in 1999. Under his stewardship, the ISR faculty grew from seven members to 29, and nearly 100 ISR-affiliated students earned their Ph.D. He established the popular ISR Research Forum and Distinguished Speaker series. Under his aegis, ISR always emphasized building community and cultivating relationships with industry. Taylor also served as Director of ISR’s predecessor, the Irvine Research Unit in Software (IRUS), from 1993 to 1999 and led the effort to establish ISR as a UCI Organized Research Unit—the only ORU focused on software research. We thank Prof. Taylor for his years of dedicated service!

ISR held its thirteenth Research Forum on June 2. The goal of the ISR Forum is to foster interaction between industry and ISR researchers, and encourage research collaborations amongst all. The daylong event featured two keynote speakers from industry; seven faculty/staff talks; an Open House with posters and demonstrations of research projects, and a reception with posters to close the day. This year’s Forum attracted 140 attendees from 28 companies and organizations, as well as seven regional and national universities.

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