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Reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE)

I am pleased to announce that I have been asked to review for the  IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE) journal! TSE is a leading Software Engineering research journal published bimonthly.

Received PSC-CUNY Enhanced Research Award

I am pleased to announce that I have recently received a PSC-CUNY Enhanced Research Award for a project entitled, “Analyses and Automated Refactorings for Imperative Programs that Use Functional Features.” The award amount is $12,000 and will help support students and travel. The award program is an internal funding mechanism to help promote research at CUNY. A brief abstract of the proposal is listed below:

Imperative programming uses statements to alter a program’s state, whereas functional programming avoids mutating existing data. With the recent popularity rise of functional programming, imperative languages are increasingly incorporating new functional features, enabling developers not previously familiar with functional programming to enjoy many of its benefits. Despite the advantages, however, issues arise from the interplay between the two paradigms, particular regarding involving MapReduce-style operations. This project will address these problems by formulating a theoretical foundation for the analysis and refactoring of hybrid functional/imperative programs and subsequently used to identify code that may safely be refactored for performance gains. Based on typestate analysis, it will determine when it is advantageous and safe to run hybrid code in parallel via a novel ordering inference approach that the PI will introduce. This work will advance the state-of-the-art in program analysis and automated refactoring for this mixed paradigm.

Program committee member for PLRP’18

I have been invited to serve on the program committee (PC) for the 1st IEEE International Workshop on Programming Languages Research & Practice (PLRP’18) of COMPSAC 2018. The workshop is organized by Hua Ming and Mehdi Bagherzadeh of Oakland University. We look forward to the submissions. The call for papers is listed below: (more…)

Received Hunter College Faculty Research Fellowship

I am pleased to announce that I have recently received a Hunter College Faculty Research Fellowship for 2017. The fellowship is designed to support faculty development by providing research guidance and planning, peer support, and constructive peer review.

Preprint of ICSE 2017 Default Method Refactoring paper now available

A preprint of our ICSE 2017 paper on Default Method Refactoring is now available.

Slides for Default Method Refactoring talk at GMU available

The slides from yesterday’s talk at GMU on Default Method Refactoring are now available. (more…)

Talk at GMU on Default Method Refactoring

I’ll be giving a talk at the George Mason University Department of Computer Science tomorrow at 1pm on joint work with Hidehiko Masuhara from Tokyo Tech entitled “Automated Refactoring of Legacy Java Software to Default Methods.”

Received PSC-CUNY Research Award (Traditional A)

I am pleased to announce that I have recently received a PSC-CUNY Research Award (Traditional A) for research in software analysis and transformation.

Awarded Research Foundation of CUNY Faculty Research Travel Program

I am pleased to announce that I have been granted a Research Foundation of CUNY Faculty Research Travel Program award.

Graduate Research Assistant Positions in Programming Languages and Software Engineering

Graduate Research Assistant Position in Programming Languages and Software Engineering


I am currently seeking a graduate student interested in programming languages and software engineering research to commence at the Fall 2019 semester. Potential research topics include (static/dynamic) program analysis and/or transformation (e.g., refactoring) with a focus on helping to maintain and/or evolve large and complex existing software systems. Potential topics also include automated bug finding approaches and software security w.r.t. software evolution and/or component composition. The successful candidate will be expected to work on projects that normally yield open source developer tool research prototypes, typically plug-ins to popular IDEs, build systems, or static analyzers. More information can be found on the main supervisor’s web page.

Of particular interest are students interested in applying to the City University of New York – CUNY’s Graduate Center Ph.D. program in Computer Science concurrently with the research assistantship.

Please see below for additional details on applying.  (more…)

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