NY Alumni EventThe Schools of ICS and Engineering recently held two exciting alumni events providing a great opportunity for ISR faculty and alumni to reconnect, network, and establish new relationships.

Join us in wishing our recent graduates well as they move on to new jobs around the country and the world. Three cheers to one and all!   

Many students have an active interest in playing computer games on a variety of different devices. Some students want to transform their interest in game play to game design or game making. Many games employ game mechanics and software development kits (SDKs) that are designed to encourage or embrace game making or modding. While making and modding are important modalities for learning about game design, they primarily rely on informal game design practices and observational learning (e.g., watching online tutorial videos). Such learning modality may be effective, but may also be ad hoc, difficult to systematize and assess, and thus often inefficient or ineffective.

ISR alumni are always on the move, reaching new heights in their careers. Highlights of recent accomplishments include:

Hazeline AsuncionHazeline Asuncion (Ph.D. 2009; R. Taylor, advisor) has been promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Washington, Bothell.

ICGSE 2016 LogoMark your calendars for the first week of August 2016! ISR is co-sponsoring the 11th IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE 2016), August 2-5, to be held at UCI in Donald Bren Hall! The conference strives for a balance between industry and academic participants. As such, the call for papers found at describes possibilities for industry as well as research papers (title and abstract due Jan. 29, 2016 and complete submission due Feb. 5, 2016). There is also a call for specialty workshop proposals (due Jan.
Prof. Debra RichardsonProf. Debra Richardson has long been an enthusiastic advocate for equitable access to computer science education for all K-12 students. She has served as the Chair of the Alliance for California Computing Education for Students and Schools (ACCESS) since 2011, where she has achieved significant impact. Case in point: Prof. Richardson recently worked with California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to propose changes to the requirements educators must meet to teach computer science in California’s K-12 classrooms.
ICS 2015 Hall of Fame inductees. Owen O'Malley far left; Roy T. Fielding far right, front. Photo by Eva Lempert.Congratulations to ISR alumni Roy T. Fielding (R. Taylor, advisor) and Owen O’Malley (D.

 Join us in wishing our recent graduates and post docs well as they move on to new jobs around the country and the world. Three cheers to one and all!

Ph.D. graduates Lopez, Baquero, Servant, and Wang.Alegria Baquero (R. Taylor, advisor) has taken a position on the Technical Staff at ZocDoc in New York City.

ISR would like to thank those of you who responded to two recent calls for volunteers sent to the ISR email list by Professor and Informatics Dept. Chair André van der Hoek and his research group.  They were particularly looking for professionals who could help them evaluate new ideas and tools in the areas of code search and crowdsourcing software programming, respectively.

Congratulations to Prof. James A. Jones for receiving the venerable SIGSOFT Impact Paper Award!  The 2015 award was bestowed upon Jones, the late Prof. Mary Jean Harrold, and Prof. John Stasko of Georgia Tech for their 2002 paper “Visualization of Test Information to Assist Fault Localization” which was presented at the 2002 International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE ‘02).  The award was announced at ICSE 2015 in May; Jones will receive the award at ESEC/FSE in September where he will give a retrospective talk on the research and its impact.