Basser Seminar Series

Learning Local Lessons in Software Engineering

Speaker: Dr Tim Menzies
West Virginia University, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Time: Friday 16 July 2010, 4:00-5:00pm
Refreshments will be available from 3:30pm

Location: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1

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Abstract

The goal of much of SE empirical research are conclusions that are external valid (apply to more than one domain). So far, such external valid conclusions are illusive, despite decades of research. This talk will document the (very) poor current state of empirical SE.

It will then be argued that the goal is wrong, that we should not seek general conclusions but rather better methods of quickly finding local lessons. This talk will introduce "W" (pronounced "dubya") that is a baseline tool for generating such local lessons.

The challenge to the audience will be two-fold: either (1) find general lessons, thus disproving the utility of "W"; or (2) improve "W" with better algorithms for the rapid discovery of local lessons.

Speaker's biography

Dr Tim Menzies has been working on advanced modeling and AI since 1986. He received his PhD from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and is the author of 190 refereeed papers. A former research chair for NASA, Dr. Menzies is now a associate professor at the West Virginia University's Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.

Tim Menzies website

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