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Marco Aurelio Gerosa, an associate professor at the University of São Paulo (USP), arrived at UCI in July with two of his Ph.D. students, Igor Steinmacher and Igor Wiese, both of whom are also lecturers at the Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR), Campo Mourão.  ISR Prof. David Redmiles is pleased to be hosting the three Brazilian researchers this year at his Collaboration Research in Action, Design, and Learning (CRADL)Laboratory.  “We are already having exciting collaborations around the theme of global software engineering as a social networking enterprise,” says Redmiles.

ISR is hosting visiting professor Alf Inge Wang, from August 2013 to July 2013, on invitation by his ISR faculty host Director Richard N. Taylor.  Wang is a professor in game technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and is also co-founder/inventor of Kahoot! – a spin-off company that focuses on game-based learning.  Software engineering, learning, and game-technology have been at the heart of  Wang’s teaching and research since 2006. 

From June 2013 through May 2014, ISR is hosting Prof. Christian Wagner, on invitation by his ISR faculty host Prof. Walt Scacchi.  Wagner is Chair Professor of Social Media and Associate Provost at the City University of Hong Kong, where he also oversees innovation related initiatives, such as CityU’s Idea Incubator.  Glad to take a semi-break from his administrative duties—Christian also served as Associate Dean at CityU’s School of Creative Media until May 2013—he is looking forward to recharging his research agenda in online games, social media, and collective intelligence.  Wagner’s academic background includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in industrial engineering, followed by a Ph.D. in management information systems.

ISR’s headline event, the ISR Research Forum, was held on May 31. Building on the success of last year’s Forum, the program was expanded to include a closing reception with posters and demonstrations to provide additional opportunity for attendees to learn about ISR research projects, and foster interaction between industry and ISR researchers.  A record number of people, drawn from over 20 companies, government agencies, and universities attended the day-long event.

For the past few years, Prof. David Redmiles’ research group has been studying the topic of trust in globally distributed teams.  The definition of trust they rely upon most is that trust, among collaborators, is the meeting of expectations.  In the context of software development, examples of collaborators meeting expectations may include simple behaviors such checking in modules on time or responding to emails within 24 hours.  Expectations can be more complex such as whether an individual or group tends to overcommit or to what degree collaborators are passive or assertive in problem solving discussions.  There can even be different expectations about body language, such as when it is appropriate to smile or not. 

Prof. Paul Dourish is co-leading the newly established Intel Science and Technology Center (ISTC) for Social Computing at UC Irvine, together with UCI Anthropology and Law professor Bill Maurer and Scott Mainwaring of Intel Labs. Launched in late June 2012, the interdisciplinary center applies social science and humanities to the design and analysis of digital information. 

ISR research professor Walt Scacchi (Ph.D. ’81), received the Donald Bren School of ICS’s 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award at the 42nd annual Lauds & Laurels ceremony in May.

This spring saw the re-launch of the ISR Research Forum, a one-day event designed to encourage industry-academia interactions, collaborative research, and technology transition.  Revamped with a new format featuring an ‘open house’ and quick 20 minute faculty research talks, the 2012 Forum was an enthusiastic success! 

During the week of March 26-30 ISR Prof. Walt Scacchi visited with Daegu, Korea government officials, industry leaders, and academic colleagues to discuss establishment of a long-term research collaboration with ISR.  The visits included a 30 minute meeting with the Mayor of Daegu City, Kim Bumil, who conveyed his personal interest in recognizing the win-win value of a long-term research relationship between Daegu and UCI.  Daegu City has been designated by the Korean national government as the IT Convergence Center for South Korea, which will focus on research, development, and commercialization of software-based systems for advanced health care and medical research, green energy, advanced manufacturing, embedded software applications for consumer electronics and automotive systems, and computer games and 3D virtual worlds.

On February 27, ISR Prof. Walt Scacchi delivered a half-day tutorial at GSAW 2012 on the topic of  “Using Open Source Software in Ground Systems.”  The tutorial addressed the state of the art in open source software development (OSSD) processes, work practices, and project community dynamics, and examined results from recent empirical studies of OSSD.  It was targeted towards software developers, system architects, project managers, program managers, and others.  The well-attended tutorial included participants from a mix of aerospace companies and government agencies.

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