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Open House

Last year's Open House received great reviews, so this year we again will feature an Open House, from 11:05 - 1:05. Attendees will be able to:

  • Tour our labs.
  • See demonstrations and posters.
  • Meet with faculty and students.
  • Learn about current research projects.

Come see what's going on at ISR!

In ICS building (#302 on UCI map), the original Information and Computer Science building:


Software Design and Collaboration Laboratory    
Prof. André van der Hoek
Location: ICS1 building, Room 414


Join us for demos and posters of:

  • Calico - a sketch-based tool to support software designers at the whiteboard. Demo.
    Nicolas Mangano and André van der Hoek
  • Code topics - topic modeling techniques for understanding the evolution of software. Demo and Poster.
    Nicolas Lopez and André van der Hoek
  • CodeExchange: Social-Technical Code Search. Demo and Poster.
    Lee Martie and André van der Hoek
  • Crowd Development - a cloud IDE for casual programming with a crowd. Demo and Poster.
    Thomas LaToza, Eric Chiquillo, Ben Towne (Carnegie Mellon), Christian Adriano, André van der Hoek, and Jim Herbsleb (Carnegie Mellon).
    Presented by Thomas LaToza and Christian Adriano.
  • A Study of Architectural Decision Practices. Poster.
    Thomas LaToza, Evelina Shabani, and André van der Hoek. Presented by Thomas LaToza.


The Mondego Group
Prof. Crista Videira Lopes
Location: ICS building, room 408

Theme: Software Systems in the Large
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  • "Virtual Laboratories for Collaborative High-Dimensional Data Exploration." Poster.
    Eugenia Gabrielova.
  • "RCAT: a middleware for massively multi-user online application." Demo.
    Thomas Debeauvais
  • "A Parallel and Efficient Approach to Large Scale Code Clone Detection." Poster.
    Hitesh Sajnani and Cristina Lopes. Presented by Vaibhav Saini.


In DBH building (#314 on UCI map), i.e. Donald Bren Hall, the newest Information and Computer Science building.

Prof. Walt Scacchi's Research Group
Location: DBH building, room 1412 (first floor, Computer Game Science Lab)

Walt Scacchi along with lead game software developer and artist Alex Szeto will demonstrate results from work in progress on a computer games and virtual worlds research project: an informal music learning game environment, developed in conjunction with The San Francisco Symphony.

Personalization and Privacy Lab
Prof. Alfred Kobsa
Location: DBH building, room 5011(fifth floor, conference room and foyer)

The personalization and privacy lab conducts research on tailoring human-computer interaction to the needs of each individual user, and on reconciling the benefits that personalization provides with the privacy concerns that it evokes. Visitors can see presentations on social privacy and adoption of location-sharing social media in the real world, and on supporting the discovery of personal behavioral rules in a health maintenance system for people with diabetes.

Posters and demos to be presented include:

  • "The Persuasive Effect of Privacy Recommendations for Location-Sharing Services." Poster.
    Bart Knijnenburg, Hongxia Jin (Samsung), Gokay Saldamli (Samsung) and Richard Chow (Samsung)
  • "User-Testing Recommender Systems: 4 Essential Steps." Poster.
    Bart Knijnenburg, Martijn Willemsen (Eindhoven University of Technology) and Alfred Kobsa
  • "HealthWatch: Discovering Personal Behavioral Rules for Health Maintenance." Demo, Open House only.
    Alfred Kobsa, Yunan Chen, and Tao Wang

Spider Lab
Prof. James A. Jones's Research Group
Location: DBH building, room 5011 (fifth floor, conference room and foyer)  
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The Spider Lab creates techniques for offering automatic recommendations for common software-maintence tasks. Join us for demos and posters of:

  • "Inferred Dependence Coverage to Support Fault Contextualization." Poster and Demo.
    Fang Deng and James A. Jones. Demo by Vijay Krishna Palepu.
  • "Concept Based Failure Clustering." Poster. Open House only.
    Nicholas DiGiuseppe and James A. Jones
  • "History Slicing: Assisting Code-Evolution Tasks." Poster and Demo.
    Francisco Servant and James A. Jones

Prof. Nenad Medvidovic's Research Group
Location: DBH building, room 5011 (fifth floor, conference room and foyer)

Visit with Prof. Medvidovic's research group to see posters of their research projects.

  • "How Software Architects Collaborate: Insights from Collaborative Software Design in Practice." Poster, Open House only.
    Jae Young Bang, Ivo Krka, Nenad Medvidovic, Naveen Kulkarni (Infosys Limited, India), and Srinivas Padmanabhuni (Infosys Limited, India)
  • "Obtaining Ground-Truth Architectures." Poster.
    Joshua Garcia, Ivo Krka, Chris Mattmann (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and USC), and Nenad Medvidovic

Collaboration Research in Action, Design, and Learning Laboratory (CRADL)
Prof. David Redmiles
Location: DBH building, room 5011 (fifth floor conference room and foyer)  
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The Collaboration Research in Action, Design, and Learning Laboratory (CRADL) employs an interdisciplinary approach to research phenomena in human collaborative activity. We primarily study collaborative work, and, particularly, software engineering.

Join us to learn about:

  • "Understanding Cheap Talk and the Emergence of Trust in Global Software Engineering: An Evolutionary Game Theory Perspective". Poster. Open House only.
    Oliver Yi Wang and David Redmiles

Prof. Brian Demsky's Research Group
Location: DBH building, room 5011 (fifth floor, conference room and foyer)

Visit with Prof. Demsky's research group and see posters of their research projects.

  • "Self-Stabilizing Java." Poster.
    Yong hun Eom and Brian Demsky
  • "CrowdSafe Malware Defense." Poster.
    Brian Demsky, Byron Hawkins, and Peizhao Ou

Prof. Debra Richardson's Research Group
Location: DBH building, room 5011 (fifth floor, conference room and foyer)

Prof. Debra Richardson's research group focuses on requirements engineering and software quality, specifically exploring how to adapt these and software engineering technologies to be usable within the context of a wider variety of stakeholders as well as investigating how software engineering can be extended to help solve some of the world’s critical problems – ICT support for human development in less economically developed regions and sustainability of our environment.

Visit with Prof. Richardson's research group and see a poster of one such research project:

  • "Software Engineering for Sustainability - looking for case studies." Poster. Creation of a methodology to develop software-intensive systems that meet the functional needs of users while reducing the environmental impacts brought about by those systems.
    Debra Richardson, Bill Tomlinson, Birgit Penzenstadler, Ankita Raturi, Kristin Roher