Sunday, February 21, 2016

Good turnout for Illinois ASEers at ICSE 2016

There are two ICSE 2016 research track papers contributed by Illinois ASEers:

Xuan Lu, Xuanzhe Liu, Huoran Li, Tao Xie, Dan Hao, Qiaozhu Mei, Gang Huang, and Feng Feng.
PRADA: Prioritizing Android Devices for Apps by Mining Large-Scale Usage Data.
In Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Software Engineering 
(ICSE 2016), Austin
, TX, May 2016.
Download: [PDF][BibTeX]

Yu-Fang Chen, Chiao Hsieh, Ondrej Lengal, Tsung-Ju Lii, Ming-Hsien Tsai, Bow-Yaw Wang, Farn Wang.
PAC Learning-Based Verification and Model Synthesis.
In Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Software Engineering 
(ICSE 2016), Austin
, TX, May 2016.

There is one ICSE 2016 Software Engineering Education and Training (SEET) paper by Illinois ASEers (including former members):

Sihan Li, Xusheng Xiao, Blake Bassett, Tao Xie and Nikolai Tillmann.
Measuring Code Behavioral Similarity for Programming and Software Engineering Education.
In Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Software Engineering 
(ICSE 2016), SEET, Austin
, TX, May 2016.
Download: [PDF][BibTeX]

There is one ICSE 2016 Technical Briefing by an Illinois ASEer:

Tao Xie, Nikolai Tillmann, and Pratap Lakshman.
Advances in Unit Testing: Theory and Practice.
In Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Software Engineering 
(ICSE 2016), Technical Briefings, Austin
, TX, May 2016.
Download: [PDF][BibTeX]

In addition, Tao Xie has also served as the ICSE 2016 Software Engineering in Practice (SEIP) Track Co-Chair, and served as a Program Committee Member of the ICSE 2016 Research Track.

Study rates ICSE 2012 StackMine paper by Microsoft Research Asia (co-authored by Tao Xie) among the most practically relevant of the past five years

An ICSE 2012 research paper on StackMine, authored by researchers from Microsoft Research Asia's Software Analytics group and Tao Xie, was rated among the most practically relevant software engineering research (ranked the second place) of the last five years in a recent industrial relevance study.

The study, published in ESEC/FSE 2015 (a flagship conference in software engineering), was conducted by researchers from Microsoft Research Redmond and Singapore Management University. These researchers asked 512 software developers to rate the relevance of 571 research papers (based on reading paper summaries that reflect research ideas in these papers) in order to determine how relevant software engineering research is to practitioners in the field. The second greatest number of respondents rated the ICSE 2012 research paper on StackMine, as "essential" to software development practice.

The high-practice-impact StackMine system was developed by Microsoft Research Asia's Software Analytics group to enable performance debugging in the large in practice. It mines callstack traces to help performance analysts effectively discover highly impactful performance bugs (e.g., bugs impacting many users with long response delay). As a successful technology-transfer effort in December 2010, StackMine has effectively helped a Microsoft team with their performance analysis tasks, especially for a large number of execution traces. 

Although we don't necessarily endorse the study methodology or results in this ESEC/FSE 2015 study, we are always delighted to see that the ICSE 2012 research paper on StackMine with high industry impact was rated as the second in this ESEC/FSE 2015 study on industrial relevance of software engineering research. It would be interesting to investigate which other papers among the highly rated ones in the study include research that already achieves high industry impact, as the ICSE 2012 research paper on StackMine did. We have been busy with pursuing more high-industry-impact research, without having time to do such investigation but would be happy to hear your investigation results if you have them :).

See here for a related news item from UW CSE.

Congratulations to Wing Lam on being selected as Fifty for the Future Awardee!

Congratulations to Illinois ASE PhD student Wing Lam for being selected as a 2015-2016 Illinois Technology Foundation Fifty for the Future Awardee. Such awards honor Illinois students who have proven determination and foresight through their education and deeds in the application and development of technology. The awards are open to all students from high school juniors to graduate students that do not graduate before March 15, 2016.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Congratulations ASEers on hunting down internships early!

Congratulations to all of ASE's PhD and non-graduating Master students for hunting down 2016 summer internships early!

Angello Astorga: Microsoft Research, Redmond
Chiao Hsieh: IBM T.J. Watson Research 
Wing Lam: Microsoft Research, Cambridge
Siwakorn (Ping) Srisakaokul: Google Mountain View
Wei Yang: IBM T.J. Watson Research
Dengfeng (Davis) Li: Fujitsu Lab of America

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Tao Xie Selected to Serve on Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE)

Recently Professor Tao Xie, the lead of the Illinois ASE Group, has been selected to serve on the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE). TSE is a flagship journal (published bimonthly) in software engineering research. TSE celebrates its 40th Anniversary.

TSE is interested in well-defined theoretical results and empirical studies that have potential impact on the construction, analysis, or management of software. The scope of this Transactions ranges from the mechanisms through the development of principles to the application of those principles to specific environments.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Congratulations to Wing Lam and Wei Yang for being selected as Qlnf finalist!

A team consisting of Illinois ASE PhD students Wing Lam and Wei Yang have been selected as a finalist team for the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (Qlnf) 2016. They have been selected from 129 eligible applications and are among the 34 finalist teams. The contest now moves on to the QInF 2016 Finals at Qualcomm Research Center in San Diego, CA in late March, 2016.

Besides the team consisting of Wing and Wei, there are four other finalist teams from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In total, there are three teams from Illinois CS and two teams from Illinois ECE among the 34 finalist teams.