About ISR

ISR's mission is to advance knowledge surrounding software and socio-technical systems by fostering innovative basic and applied research.  

ISR is dedicated to:

  • fostering innovative basic and applied research in software and socio-technical systems;
  • working with established companies, start-ups, government agencies, and standards bodies to develop and transition the technologies to widespread and practical application;
  • educating the next generation of researchers and practitioners; and
  • supporting the public service mission of the University of California in developing the economic basis of the State of California.  

Research emphases of the Institute include software architecture; collaboration; software security; open source software (OSS) development; empirical software engineering; large systems and large data; simulation; analysis; testing, debugging and maintenance; computer games and virtual worlds; privacy and personalization; end-user development; computer-supported cooperative work; and human-computer interaction.

ISR researchers are engaged in a wide variety of sponsored research projects   Many are funded by the National Science Foundation.  Other sponsors and supporters have included DARPA, DHS, FBI, U.S. Navy, San Francisco Symphony, Northrop Grumman, NTT, and The Aerospace Corporation. 

ISR has supported the research community through conference management services.  ISR staff have supported conferences such as the 11th International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE 2016), iConference 2015, the 33rd International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2011), the 26th Annual ACM Conference on Systems, Programming, Languages, Applications: Software for Humanity (SPLASH 2011),  and the 16th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE 2008), to name but a few. ISR faculty, staff, and graduate students played key roles in these conferences. 

Regular meetings on campus support a vibrant community. These meetings include a long-running annual Distinguished Speaker Series. This highly successful series typically features four internationally renowned speakers. An annual Research Forum caps the year: this meeting features talks by the ISR faculty, an open house for visiting the labs, a poster session, and an invited keynote speaker.

ISR hosts monthly meetings of the Software Research Group, which is comprised of faculty, students, and staff researchers spread across the School of ICS Department of Informatics, the School of ICS Department of Computer Science, and the School of Engineering Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. These meetings foster community and build working relationships.

ISR is consistently involved in external activities as well. The Aerospace Corporation’s Ground Systems Architecture Workshop (GSAW) has been held in cooperation with ISR since 2003.

ISR is an affiliate of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology - Calit2.