Information Foraging in Debugging
Speaker: Joseph Lawrance , Oregon State UniversityContact:
Date: March 13 2009
Time: 2:00PM to 3:00PM
Location: Patil/Kiva Seminar Room 32-G449
Host: Rob Miller, MIT CSAIL
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Is navigating source code like browsing the web? In this talk, Joseph
Lawrance examines the relationship between information foraging theory
and programmers' debugging behavior. His results demonstrate that
information scent and spreading activation models can predict where
programmers will need to navigate, based on the contents of bug
reports and source code. These findings promise to inform the design
of tools to save programmers' time while tracking down bugs.
Joseph Lawrance, a PhD candidate in computer science at Oregon State
University, has published eight papers, and has a ninth submitted.
Together with his advisor Margaret Burnett, he has been collaborating
with IBM researchers for over two years. His dual background in
computer science and psychology provide a strong background for his
dissertation research. In recognition of his work, Lawrance received a
prestigious IBM PhD Scholarship Award for the 2008-2009 academic year.
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