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Paper on actor mutation testing accepted at ESE/FSE ’23

Our paper entitled, “μAkka: Mutation testing for actor concurrency in Akka using real-world bugs,” has been accepted without major revisions to the main technical research track at the 2023 ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE)! Out of 473 submissions, 60 were accepted without major revisions, amounting to a 12.68% acceptance rate. The conference will take place later this year in San Francisco. Congratulations to all the authors, especially Mohsen, for your hard work!

Former Ph.D. student Yiming Tang accepts tenure-track Assistant Professor position at RIT

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Former student Yiming Tang.

Former Ph.D. student Yiming Tang will begin as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Software Engineering department starting in Fall 2023! Yiming was previously at Concordia University in Canada’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSSE). RIT is a central research institution for Software Engineering. Congrats, Yiming, and welcome back to New York!

Talk at NEPLS at Harvard University

I gave a talk at the New England Programming Languages and Systems (NEPLS) symposium at Harvard University earlier this month.

Talk at University of Tokyo

On August 18, I visited Professor Shigeru Chiba at the Core Software Group of the Dept. of Creative Informatics Graduate School of Information Science and Technology at The University of Tokyo. I gave a talk about preliminary research in automated refactoring of Deep Learning software.


Visiting Tokyo Tech

Between August 10 to 24, 2022, I visited the Programming Research Group at the Department of Mathematical and Computing Science of the Tokyo Institute of Technology. I gave a seminar talk and discussed current research with the group members. A JSPS BRIDGE fellowship supported this visit, planned initially two years ago. The trip was postponed due to COVID-19 (three times, in fact), but I was happy to have the opportunity to visit Professor Masuhara and his lab.


Highlights of “Challenges in Migrating Imperative Deep Learning Programs to Graph Execution: An Empirical Study”

In this blog post, we summarize, using code examples, our recent empirical study on challenges in migrating imperative Deep Learning programs to graph execution.


NYU GSTEM students visit during the summer of 2022

Medha Belwadi and Pranavi Gollanapalli will join our research group this summer through the NYU GSTEM program. NYU GSTEM is a summer program for high school juniors that allows them to participate in research laboratories. The NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences offers the program and helps promote STEM to traditionally underrepresented groups, particularly females and minorities. Medha and Pranavi will be working on our recently funded NSF project on imperative Deep Learning system programming and evolution as part of the project’s broader impacts.


Fully-funded Ph.D. student position(s) in analysis and transformations of Deep Learning programs in New York City

I am currently seeking (potentially multiple, fully-funded) Ph.D. students interested in programming languages and software engineering research for an NSF-funded project on analysis and transformations for (imperative) Deep Learning (DL) programs. The project—based in the heart of New York City—focuses on enhancing the robustness, increasing run-time performance, and facilitating the long-lived evolution of DL systems, particularly, large, industrial DL systems. For more information on the project, please see the project announcement.

Potential research topics explored during the project may include (static/dynamic) program analysis and transformation (e.g., automated refactoring) and empirical software engineering. Successful candidates will be expected to work on projects that generally yield open-source developer tool research prototypes, plug-ins to popular IDEs, build systems, or static analyzers. Applicants may find additional information on the PI’s web page. They should also apply to the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center (GC) Ph.D. program in Computer Science (deadline January 15) following a discussion with the PI.

Please see below for additional details on applying. Again, the Ph.D. program deadline is January 15.


Received three-year NSF research grant on imperative Deep Learning program robustness and evolution as PI

I am pleased to announce that I, along with co-PI Anita Raja, have received a three-year standard research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Software & Hardware Foundations (SHF) program as principal investigator (PI) for a project entitled “Practical Analyses and Safe Transformations for Imperative Deep Learning Programs.” The total grant amount is $600K.

The project will facilitate the robustness and automated evolution and maintenance of large, industrial Deep Learning (DL) software systems that use imperative style programming. More information may be found on NSF’s website; stay tuned for more details and funded research opportunities!

Slides for ICSE ’22 tool demo on rejuvenating feature logging statement levels now available

Slides for our ICSE ’22 formal tool demonstration on rejuvenating feature logging statement levels iva Git histories and Degree of Interest (DOI) are now available. The live demo will take place tomorrow at 11:45 am EST.

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