Student Updates

Bart Knijnenburg (A. Kobsa, advisor), presented his paper “Counteracting the Negative Effect of Form Auto-Completion on the Privacy Calculus” at the 34th International Conference on Information Systems, held in December in Milan, Italy.  The paper is co-authored by his advisor Alfred Kobsa and Hongxia Jin of Samsung. 

Thomas Debeauvais (C. Lopes, advisor) interned last summer at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA where he analyzed player behavior in Forza Motorsports 4, a racing game on Xbox 360.  His supervisor was Tom Zimmermann.  

Nicholas DiGiuseppe (J. Jones, advisor) spent his summer as an intern for DataONE Research Lab. Working remotely, he built an open source tool that determines the domain of relevancy of a given ontology set.  He blogged about it at  He also presented his paper “Automatically Describing Software Faults” in the Doctoral Symposium of the ACM International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE) held in St. Petersburg, Russia in August.

Kristin Roher (D. Richardson, advisor) presented her paper “Sustainability Requirement Patterns” at the Third International Workshop on Requirements Patterns (RePa) held in conjunction with the 21st IEEE Requirements Engineering Conference (RE) in July at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Yubo Kou (B. Nardi, advisor) spent his summer as an intern at the Keio-NUS CUTE Center in Singapore where he did fieldwork on professional gaming in Singapore’s Garena Stadium, an entertainment center where local video game players gathered weekly to watch eSports.

Hitesh Sajnani (C. Lopes, advisor) interned this summer at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA working on a data platform tool designed for easy analysis of engineered processes.  His supervisor was Dr. Rob DeLine.  Sajnani has also been appointed as the Local Arrangements Co-Chair for the International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC) collocated with the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) to be held in Hyderabad, India in June 2014.

Benjamin Koehne (D. Redmiles, advisor) spent his summer as an intern at Google in New York City, NY working for the Google Drive Team.  Koehne worked with designers, developers, and project managers to evaluate new versions of Google Apps for desktop and mobile platforms at Google’s own UX lab.

Xinning Gui (B. Nardi, advisor) spent her summer conducting field studies on determining how information and communication technologies (ICTs) are used to support ‘Transition Towns’ transition from vulnerability to resilience in the Transition Towns Bristol and Totnes in the UK. 

Nicholas Lopez (A. van der Hoek, advisor) interned last summer at Google, Irvine where he developed features and infrastructure for the Analystics API project. He also presented his paper “Using Topic Models to Understand Evolution of a Software Ecosystem” at the Doctoral Symposium at the 9th Joint Meeting of the European Software Engineering Conference and the ACM SIGSOFT Int’l Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE) held in St. Petersburg, Russia in August.

Francisco Servant (J. Jones, advisor) presented his paper “Supporting Bug Investigation using History Analysis” at the Doctoral Symposium at the 28th IEEE/ACM Int’l Conference on Automated Software Engineering held in the Silicon Valley in Nov.  He also presented his paper “Chronos: Visualizing Slices of Source-Code History”, co-authored by his advisor James A. Jones, at the 1st IEEE Working Conf.on Software Visualization, Tool Track, in Eindhoven, Netherlands, in September.

Oliver Yi Wang (D. Redmiles advisor) spent his summer as an intern at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in NY working for the Software Governance Team. 

Eugenia Gabrielova (C. Lopes, advisor) is spending her summer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on the Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF) team as a Computation Research intern. ESGF is an open source data distribution and computation infrastructure for Peta/Exa-scale earth system science data.