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.

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.