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seals @ ICSE 2014

Last week, a couple of seals attended the International Conference on Software Engineering 2014 (ICSE 2014) as well as the co-located Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories 2014 (MSR 2014) in Hyderabad, India.

Katja Kevic presented her NIER paper on “Automatic Search Term Identification for Change Tasks” at ICSE and her paper “A Dictionary to Translate Change Tasks to Source Code” at MSR.


Sebastian Müller and Andrew Begel presented their paper “Using Psycho-Physiological Measures to Assess Task Difficulty in Software Development” at the ICSE main research track.


Information Fragments – SEAL & Adesso Innovation Snack

Innovation Snacks are technology talks about research and development activities, technologies, and tools. It is a joint event series of s.e.a.l. and adesso, in which researchers and practitioners meet for breakfast and technical talks about the current state and future of software engineering. Today, my colleagues (Florian Stucki & Philipp Nützi) and I had the chance to present our information fragments tool, a prototype we developed in the past semester (HS13). The idea of the tool is that it aggregates data from various project data sources (from code, to work items, to people information) and visualizes the combination of the data to answer different stakeholders’ (developers, testers, managers, customers) questions in an intuitive web interface by visualizing the data in various ways. The tool can easily be extended with any other repository (that offers its data via web service), such as requirements, use cases, etc. For more information, please refer to the files here.

CHOOSE Forum 2013: SE: Between Wishful Thinking and Thinkable Wishes

We’re at the CHOOSE Forum 2013 today. The CHOOSE Forums feature experts from both industry and academia who discuss the cutting edge advances and best practices in software engineering.

This year’s topic is “Software Engineering: Between Wishful Thinking and Thinkable Wishes”. The full day event features five talks and a panel. The five talks are:

The lineup for this year is:

  • Erich Gamma, Microsoft Research Zurich
  • Schahram Dustdar, TU Vienna
  • Massimiliano Di Penta, Universita degli Studi del Sannio
  • Iulian Dragos, Typesafe
  • Andreas Zeller, Saarland University

IFI Colloquium, Thursday, 14.11.2013

Today, we had a guest at the IFI, Prof. Dr. Arie von Deursen who talked about Software Changes. You may find more details about the colloquium below:


A substantial body of research on software evolution addressses the level of commits as mined from source code repositories. In this presentation, we will explore two larger units of change. One of these is the pull request as used on GitHub. It typically represents a coherent change set used for bug fixes or new features. The other change type is at the level of full libaries, for which we will use the full history of Maven Central as our data set. To that end, we will look at difference between versions, and draw conclusions on the general impact of library incompatibilities. And, to draw these coarse grain conclusions over a full set of libaries, we will show how we make use of fine-grained change sets derived at the individual statement level, making use of the ChangeDistiller technology as developed at SEAL in Zurich.


Prof. Dr. Arie van Deursen is a professor at Delft University of Technology, where he leads the Software Engineering Research Group. His research interests include software testing, software architecture, and social aspects of software engineering.

Next Colloquiums

In December, there will be two other colloquiums, which you may find here.

Most Influential Paper Award of ICSM

Harald Gall, Martin Pinzger, and Michael Fischer received the Most Influential Paper Award at ICSM 2013, the International Conference on Software Maintenance,recognizing their seminal paper on Populating a Release History Database from Version Control and Bug Tracking Systems published in 2003 and widely cited in the Mining Software Repositories community.

The slides can be found on slideshare.