CSE Colloquium Series Presents Dr. Andrew Begel

Dr. Andrew Begel
Dr. Andrew Begel

The second installment of the CSE Colloquium Series features Microsoft researcher, Dr. Andrew Begel. There is a reception beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Avery 348 prior to the lecture. Dr. Begel will begin his presentation in Avery 115 at 4 p.m. immediately following the reception.

In his lecture titled “Analyze This! 145 Questions for Data Scientists in Software Engineering,” Dr. Begel will present results from surveys he conducted with Thomas Zimmermann on data science applied to software engineering.

According to Dr. Begel’s abstract, Zimmermann and Begel’s conducted two surveys. The first asked questions about three topics: software, software processes and practices, and software engineers. The second survey asked software engineers to rank the questions by level of importance. The results of these surveys will help researchers, practitioners, and educators more easily focus their efforts on topics that are important to the software industry.

Dr. Begel is a researcher in the VIBE group at Microsoft Research. He received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Engineering from MIT. In 2005 he earned a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. He studies software engineers to understand how communication, collaboration and coordination behaviors impact their effectiveness in collocated and distributed development. Dr. Begel then builds software tools that incentivize problem-mitigating behaviors. The intersection of social computing and software engineering, and the use of biometrics to better understand how software developers work are the focuses of Dr. Begel’s work.

He co-organized the Web2SE and USER workshops at ICSE 2011-2013, the SSE workshop at FSE 2013, and the Future of Collaborative Software Development workshop at CSCW 2012. Dr. Begel has co-edited the January 2013 special issue of IEEE Software on Bridging Software Communities with Social Networking. He is the PC co-chair for ICPC 2014, and is a member of the ICPC steering committee. He also serves on the PC for numerous conferences and workshops.

The CSE Colloquium Series is funded in part by donations from the Union Pacific Corporation.