ELVIS: Software Engineering Research Group

The ultimate goal of all computer science is the program. Designers, programmers and engineers must once again come to know and comprehend the composite character of a program, both as an entity and in terms of its various parts.

Welcome to Elvis, the software engineering research group in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Our work ranges from more technical research concerning the structure of software and tool support for development, to human-computer interaction and software development processes. We have experience and interests in a wide range of topics and applications in the OO paradigm, including programming languages, visualisation, design patterns, software reuse, frameworks, and agile methods, as well as in interface design and evaluation.

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Latest News

Video Competition

13 Aug 2010 - 18:05 in Achievement

Yi-JingChung won an iPod Nano for coming 2nd in the Engineering Video Competition and CraigAnslow won a consolation prize.

Students Graduating December 2009

09 Dec 2009 - 14:28 in Achievement

At the December Graduation Ceremony RaduMuschevici (MSc) and Jason Xie (PhD in AI) will be graduating, congratulations.

Professor James Noble Wins Victorias Award for Best Supervisor

29 Oct 2010 - 22:04 in Achievement

Professor James Noble won the Victoria's Award for Best Supervisor 2010: http://www.pgsa.victoria.ac.nz/about/events/victorias-awards

Congratulations James!


Most Influential Paper from Onward!

13 Nov 2012 - 17:54 in Achievement

Most Influential Paper from Onward!, which honors the Onward! paper from 10 years ago that was judged to be the most influential. This award was given to James Noble and Robert Biddle for their 2002 Onward track paper: Notes on postmodern programming.

Marsden Success 2013

21 Jan 2014 - 07:39 in Achievement

Professor James Noble was successfully awarded a Marsden Grant for "CAPE: making capablity policies explicit", valued at $521,739 NZD.

Marsden Success 2010

28 Sep 2010 - 18:46 in Achievement

Professor James Noble was successfully awarded a Marsden Grant for "Design patterns and ownership types for reusable program verification", valued at $640,000 NZD.


21 Jan 2014 - 07:43 in Achievement

Professor James Noble is one of two academics to be awarded a James Cook Fellowship for his research project entitled "Reliable Software Via Patterns and Ownership". His research aims to address software failures by identifying recurring design patterns in the specification of design of software systems. The Fellowship is worth $100,000 plus $10,000 in relevant exenses per annum for two years.

Graduation May 2013

22 May 2013 - 12:45 in Achievement

Congratulations to DavidFriggens and StephenNelson who graduated in May 2013 with a PhD in computer science.

Graduation December 2013

21 Jan 2014 - 07:25 in Achievement

Congratulations to Craig Anslow (PhD Software Engineering), Siva Dorairaj (PhD Software Engineering), Fahmi Abdulhamid (ME Software Engineering), Daniel Cope (ME Software Engineering), and Neil Ramsay (MSc Computer Science) who graduated in December 2013.


06 Nov 2012 - 11:58 in Achievement

On Monday 5 November 2012, StephenNelson successfully defended his PhD Thesis and is now Dr Stephen Nelson. Congratulations to Stephen!

Dr Siva Dorairaj PhD Defence

22 Mar 2013 - 17:37 in Achievement

On Friday 22 March 2013, SivaDorairaj successfully defended his PhD Thesis (aka Siva Viva) and is now Dr Siva Dorairaj. Congratulations to Siva!

Dr Rashina Hoda - PhD Defence

15 Apr 2011 - 15:54 in Achievement

On Friday 15 April 2011, RashinaHoda successfully defended her PhD Thesis and is now Dr Rashina Hoda. Congratulations to Rashina!

Dr Keith Cassell - PhD Defence

02 May 2012 - 14:37 in Achievement

On Friday 20 April 2012, KeithCassell successfully defended his PhD Thesis and is now Dr Keith Cassell. Congratulations to Keith!

Dr David Friggens PhD Defence

27 Feb 2013 - 11:55 in Achievement

On Tuesday 26 February 2013, DavidFriggens successfully defended his PhD Thesis and is now Dr David Friggens. Congratulations to David!

Dr Craig Anslow PhD Defence

21 Jan 2014 - 07:11 in Achievement

On Friday 22 October 2013, CraigAnslow successfully defended his PhD Thesis and is now Dr Craig Anslow. Congratulations to Craig!

APSEC 2010 Best Research Paper Award

03 Dec 2010 - 19:39 in Achievement

Our paper, Qualitas Corpus: A Curated Collection of Java Code for Empirical Studies. Ewan Tempero, Craig Anslow, Jens Dietrich, Ted Han, Jing Li, Markus Lumpe, Hayden Melton, and James Noble. In Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Software Engineering Conference (APSEC), Sydney, Australia, 2010. Won the Best Research Paper Award.

For more information see the Qualitas Corpus web site or contact A/Prof Ewan Tempero at the University of Auckland.

ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award

18 Nov 2010 - 13:48 in Achievement

Associate Professor Thomas Kühne recently received a Distinguished Paper Award at the ACM SIGSOFT MODELS 2010 Conference. His paper "An Observer-Based Notion of Model Inheritance", discusses specialisation relationships between models, languages and transformations respectively, and introduces the idea of an observer and a context for the purpose of defining and validating specialisation relationships.