Michelle Rousseau (Ph.D. 2007), Owen O’Malley (Ph.D. 1996), Prof. Debra Richardson; Hadar Ziv (Ph.D. 1997), Kristina Winbladh Nasr (Ph.D. 2010), and Jose Romero-Mariona (PhD. 2010).The ISR Research Forum on June 2 enabled a reunion for Prof. Debra Richardson and a number of her alumni, including: Prof. Michelle Rousseau, Chair, Dept. of Computer Science, Saddleback College; Dr.

Prof. Richard N. Taylor (center) with wife Lily May Taylor and alum Prof. Ken Anderson, CU Boulder.Director Richard N. Taylor has been bestowed the 2017 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from the University of Colorado Boulder College of Engineering & Applied Science for his contributions to computer science Education. Taylor obtained his M.S. in Computer Science in 1976 from CU Denver and his Ph.D. in 1980 from CU Boulder.

Dr. Arthur Hitomi and Dr. Jason Robbins. Photo by Paul Kennedy.

Congratulations to ISR alumni Arthur Hitomi (Ph.D. 2010, advisor Richard N. Taylor) and Jason Robbins (Ph.D. 1999, advisor David Redmiles) for being inducted into the second UCI School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) Hall of Fame! Six ICS alumni were honored at the induction ceremony, held jointly with the School of Engineering, on February 24 at the Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin.

Julia Haines, Informatics alumna, with ISR alums: Nilmax Moura (MS 2011; A. van der Hoek, advisor); Tiago Proenca (MS 2011; A. van der Hoek, advisor); Prof. André van der Hoek; Leyna Cotran (Ph.D. 2013; R. Taylor, advisor); and Rohit Khare (Ph.D. 2003; R. Taylor, advisor).The Schools of ICS and Physical Science held an alumni event at Electronic Arts (EA) in the northern California Bay Area on March 28.

From July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, ISR is hosting visiting researcher Dr. Shinobu Saito, Senior Research Engineer at the NTT Software Innovation Center, Software Engineering Project, in Tokyo, Japan.  Dr. Saito’s research interests are in software requirements engineering, design recovery, business modeling, and business process management.  He received his Ph.D. in systems engineering at Keio University in 2007.

Dr. Shinobu Saito with Director Richard N. Taylor

ICGSE LogoAs reported in the Fall/Winter 2015 edition of the ISR Connector, the Eleventh Annual IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE 2016) was held at the University of California, Irvine, in Bren Hall, August 2-5, 2016.  The conference series brings together researchers and practitioners interested specifically in the challenges faced by globally distributed, collaborative software engineering.

The DARPA Mining and Understanding Software Enclaves (MUSE) program seeks to make significant advances in the way software is built, debugged, verified, maintained, and understood.  Central to its approach is the creation of a community infrastructure built around a large, diverse, and evolving corpus of software drawn from the hundreds of billions of lines of open source code available today.

ISR held its twelfth Research Forum on May 27th. The goal of the ISR Forum is to foster interaction between industry and ISR researchers, and encourage research collaborations amongst all. The day-long event featured two keynote speakers from industry; seven faculty 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 over 120 attendees from 28 companies and law firms, and 6 universities.

The Second Workshop on Computing within LIMITS was held at UCI on June 9-10.  Among the organizers of the workshop were ISR faculty members Debra Richardson and myself, Professor Bonnie Nardi.  The objective of this series of workshops is to foster discussion on the impact of present and future ecological, material, energetic, and/or societal limits on computing. These topics are seldom discussed in contemporary computing research.  A goal is to foster concrete research that innovates on technologies, techniques, and contexts for computing within fundamental physical planetary limits.

Workshop, sponsored by The Aerospace Corporation, is held in cooperation with ISR each year.  GSAW 2016 was held February 29 – March 3 in Los Angeles, CA. This year ISR Prof. Walt Scacchi  delivered a half-day tutorial titled “Beyond Open Architecture: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities in Open Source Software Development (OSSD) for Aerospace and Defense Applications.”  The goal of the tutorial was to provide software developers, system architects, project managers, program managers, and others with an introduction to the state of the art in open source development processes, work practices, and community dynamics.  Over 30 attendees participated in this informative tutorial.  This is the third time Prof. Scacchi has given a tutorial at GSAW.