From the Director

Welcome to ISR

Welcome to the Institute for Software Research (ISR) at the University of California, Irvine.  ISR is the only Organized Research Unit in the University of California system with a focus on Software Research.  Our goal is to advance software and information technology through research partnerships. Here at ISR, we have become the intersection between cutting edge software research and real world practice.

Over the years we have built an impressive community of academic software researchers and industrial innovators.  ISR offers a range of opportunities for participation and engagement.  We invite you to join us as we continue to transform the field of Software Engineering.

Interim Director Prof. Cristina Videira Lopes

Featured Project

Calico - Software Design Sketching

A sketch-based distributed software design tool that supports software designers with a variety of features that improve over the use of just pen-and-paper or a regular whiteboard, and are tailored specifically for early software design on tablets and electronic whiteboards.

Upcoming Events

ISR Distinguished Speaker

Anind K. Dey

Professor and Dean
“Routines: How Everyday Activities can Intelligently Inform the Design of Interactive Systems”
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

2018 ISR Research Forum: Where Research Meets the Real World

Keynote: Satish Chandra
Software Engineer
“Talk Title TBA”
Keynote: Sara Javanmardi
Senior Software Engineer
“Google Autocomplete”
Friday, June 8, 2018

News Briefs

  • Prof. Nenad Medvidović has received the Distinguished Engineering Merit Award from the Orange County Engineering Council, for his contributions to computer science including his highly impactful research in software architecture.

  • Interim Director Cristina Videira Lopes is leading a research project on code cloning on GitHub described in the paper “DéjàVu: A Map of Code Duplicates on GitHub.” The paper was presented at SPLASH 2017 - OOPSLA in Vancouver, Canada in October. The artifact produced for the paper won the Distinguished Artifact Award, and the research has been covered by numerous tech publications, including The Register, BleepingComputer, the morning paper, Slashdot, Developpez (in French), OpenNET (in Russian), Toutiao (in Chinese), and Sohu (in Chinese). The paper is authored by Lopes, Petr Maj, Czech Technical University in Prague, Assistant Project Scientist Pedro Martins, Ph.D. students Vaibhav Saini and Di Yang, Jakub Zitny, CTU Prague, alumnus Hitesh Sajnani, Microsoft Research, and Prof. Jan Vitek, CTU Prague. Learn more at:

Recent Technical Reports