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Summer Research Students 2009

09 Dec 2009 - 15:01 in Research

We have the following summer research students working with Software Engineering staff on some interesting projects: ShannonBay, HughDavenport, DavidKydd, ClareLenihan, VictoriaOzorio, NickVause, Alli Witheford, ConstantineDymnikov, HannesMehnert

Steve Adolph Visit

16 Mar 2011 - 11:15 in Research

Steve Adolph a PhD student from UBC supervised by PhilippeKruchten on Agile Software Development visited Elvis on Friday 18 March, 2011.

SoftVis 2010

28 Sep 2010 - 18:56 in Research

Members of Elvis have two papers at the ACM Symposium on Software Visualization (SoftVis), Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 2010.

  • User Evaluation of Polymetric Views Using a Large Visualization Wall. Craig Anslow, James Noble, Stuart Marshall, Ewan Tempero, and Robert Biddle.
  • Exploring the Inventor's Paradox: Applying Jigsaw to Software Visualization. Haowei Ruan, Craig Anslow, Stuart Marshall, and James Noble.

Also see Highlights of SoftVis 2010

Smarter Software Development

03 Jun 2011 - 22:51 in Research

Agile Research Group hits the News: ACM TechNews Ministry of Science and Innovation and Victoria News

"Victoria scientists are combining their expertise with collaborators at universities around New Zealand to come up with faster, more flexible and more affordable ways of developing software. The research is part of a four-year project funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation and has input from a range of industry partners.... James Noble, a professor of Computer Science at Victoria, says the traditional process for developing software dates back to the 1960s and has its roots in computerisation for the space race and weapons development...Victoria postdoctoral researcher Dr Rashina Hoda is investigating how teams should self-organise. She has studied 58 Agile practitioners from 23 software organisations in New Zealand, India and North America over the past four years to understand how they go about self-organising. She has used the information to develop a process others can follow...."

Sabbatical - Hui Ma and Petra Malik

25 Jul 2011 - 15:01 in Research

HuiMa and PetraMalik are on sabbatical from July-December 2011. Hui will be in China and Austria, and Petra in Germany and France.

SPLASH - OOPSLA 2010

28 Sep 2010 - 19:02 in Research

At SPLASH 2010 members of Elvis have three research papers at OOPSLA:

  • Agility in Context. Rashina Hoda, Philippe Kruchten, James Noble, Stuart Marshall.
  • Tribal Ownership. Nicholas Cameron, James Noble, Tobias Wrigstad.
  • Ownership and Immutability in Generic Java. Yoav Zibin, Alex Potanin, Paley Li, Mahmood Ali, Michael D. Ernst.

four workshop papers:
  • Mojojojo --- More Ownership for Multiple Owners. Paley Li, Nicholas Cameron and James Noble
  • GoHotDraw: Evaluating the Go Programming Language with Design Patterns. Frank Schmager, Nicholas Cameron, James Noble. Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU) Workshop
  • Using Grounded Theory to Study the Humans Aspects of Software Engineering. Rashina Hoda, James Noble, Stuart Marshall. Human Aspects in Software Engineering (HAoSE) Workshop.
  • Co-located Collaborative Software Visualization. Craig Anslow, Stuart Marshall, James Noble, and Robert Biddle. Human Aspects in Software Engineering (HAoSE) Workshop.

one workshop:

and one panel:
  • Manifesto: a New Educational Programming Language. Kim B. Bruce, James Noble, Andrew Black, Jens Palsberg.

OOPSLA, Onward, WikiSym 2009

05 Nov 2009 - 11:43 in Research

CraigAnslow presented the Wikipublisher: A Print on Demand Wiki paper at the WikiSym symposium co-located with OOPSLA and Onward in Orlando, Florida, USA. We also successfully organised our Onward workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU). We had a number of great papers with some interesting discussions.

Improving the performance of Firefox

06 Mar 2012 - 10:24 in Research

Victoria University student brainpower is helping the Firefox web browser go faster. Victoria's School of Engineering and Computer Science has partnered with Mozilla Firefox's Auckland office to carry out research projects, including some which will help improve the performance of the world's second-most popular browser. The collaboration was forged by Dr Alex Potanin, Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering, and internationally regarded New Zealander RobertOCallahan who set up and runs Mozilla Firefox's New Zealand arm. The Auckland Mozilla office concentrates on hardware acceleration or improvements that allow browsers to quickly load big, graphic-rich websites. Recent graduate JanLarres, who came to Victoria from Germany to Complete his Master's degree, has conducted the latest project with his year-long research effort focused on accurate testing of the Firefox browser's speed. "Speed," says Dr Potanin, "is becoming one of the fundamental things that defines a browser. Google Chrome, for example, has a team dedicated to making its browser go as fast as possible."

See the full story: Vic students help speed up Firefox web browsing

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ITS 2010

18 Nov 2010 - 13:46 in Research

CraigAnslow presented his paper on "Multi-touch Table User Interfaces for Co-located Collaborative Software Visualization" in the Doctoral Symposium at the ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS), Saarbrucken, Germany, 2010.

How To Play A Video Game

07 Dec 2011 - 00:43 in Research

PippinBarr was recently interviewed for the launch of his new book How To Play A Video Game by the Dominion Post in the news article Lecturer's dream job much more than just kids' stuff.

Haowei Ruan starts post-graduate diploma

09 Dec 2009 - 14:38 in Research

Haowei Ruan has begun his post-graduate diploma in computer science looking at applying visual analytics to software.

Five Tips for Agile Software Development

05 Jul 2011 - 21:35 in Research

Communications of the ACM News featured an article based on an interview with Dr. Rashina Hoda where she provides 5 Tips for Agile Software Development

ECOOP 2013

09 Jul 2013 - 16:57 in Research

At ECOOP 2013 Elvis members had the following research papers:

  • The Billion-Dollar Fix: Safe Modular Circular Initialisation with Placeholders and Placeholder Types.Marco Servetto, Julian Mackay, Alex Potanin, James Noble
  • What Programmers do with Inheritance in Java? Ewan Tempero, Hong Yul Yang, James Noble.

and the following workshop papers:

  • True small-step reduction for imperative Object Oriented languages. Marco Servetto, Lindsay Groves. (FTfJP)
  • The Need for Capability Policies. Sophia Drossopoulou and James Noble (FTfJP)
  • A Calculus for Constraint-Based Flow Typing. David Pearce (FTfJP)
  • Graceful Dialects. Michael Homer (DSLDI)
  • Modules as Gradually-Typed Objects. Michael Homer, James Noble, Kim Bruce and Andrew Black. (Dyla)
  • Wyvern: A Simple, Typed, and Pure Object-Oriented Language. Ligia Nistor, Darya Kurilova, Stephanie Balzer, Benjamin Chung, Alex Potanin, Jonathan Aldrich (COOMPL)

David Pearce VBC Interview

02 Aug 2012 - 13:58 in Research

DavidPearce was interviewed for VBC Radio recently about his Whiley Programming Language, listen to the interview. VBC is a student radio station run from Victoria University's Kelburn campus. In the interview, David talks about his 3-year research project on Whiley, a programming language he has developed, and the need to improve programming languages to make then more reliable and more resistant to hacking.

Bright Sparks, Dim Future?

02 Aug 2011 - 14:42 in Research

Bright Sparks, Dim Future? What's happened to our No 8 wire culture? Nikki MacDonald interviews some people (including PhD student Craig Anslow) and asks whether we're really the No 8 wire culture we think we are.

A Touch of Magic

05 May 2011 - 16:19 in Research

CraigAnslow was recently interviewed for the Victorious Alumni magazine which wrote an article about his PhD research on A Touch of Magic.

ACSW 2011

21 Jan 2011 - 15:13 in Research

KeithCassell presented his paper on "Visualizing the Refactoring of Classes via Clustering", Keith Cassell, Craig Anslow, Lindsay Groves, Peter Andreae, and Stuart Marshall at ACSC which is part of ACSW 2011.

StuartMarshall presented Don't Mention the 'A' Word: Agile Undercover at the Agile Conference, August 2009
SivaDorairaj attended the Agile Conference, August 2009
DianeStrode from SIM gave her PhD proposal seminar on Coordination in Agile Software Development Projects, August 2009
CraigAnslow visited Unlimited Realities who have developed Fingertapps multi-touch software and gave a seminar at Massey University on his PhD research, July 2009
JamesNoble attended a Dagstuhl Seminar on Typing, Analysis and Verification of Heap-Manipulating Program, July 2009
RashinaHoda featured in the list of Victoria's Top Scholars of 2008-2009, The Dominion Post, July 2009
Game helps kids kick the habit, Rilla Khaled's PhD research, July 2009
VipulDelwadia is user testing his RemoteME application for playing mobile games over a server, July 2009
StephenNelson started an internship with Google in Munich, July 2009
StephenNelson, PaleyLi, and NicholasCameron attended ECOOP, July 2009
SimonDoherty successfully defended his PhD, June 2009
VipulDelwadia gave a really good demo about his playing mobile games over a server research at the Elvis meeting, June 2009
DavidPearce is back from his sabbatical, June 2009
Nicholas Erdody gave a talk at our meeting on the Open Source Learning Lab, June 2009
AlexPotanin (Ownerhship and Immutability), VipulDelwadia (Remotely controlled applications and games on mobile phones), PetraMalik (COMP 200 Adventure Games in Java), and CraigAnslow (Visualising Java Software) demoed some of their research and teaching at the School Meet and Greet Industry Event, June 2009
AngelaMartin gave a school seminar on Programmers are from Mars, Customers are from Venus: A Practical Guide to Working with Customers on Agile Projects, May 2009
RillaKhaled, PippinBarr, and AngelaMartin are all graduated with PhDs on 20 May 2009
AndrewWalbran, EstherNg, and JeremyShipman graduated with Honours and Andrew was awarded the University Academic Medal for Excellence on 20 May 2009
RashinaHoda, KeithCassell and CraigAnslow attended NZCSRSC in Auckland, April 2009
NicholasCameron attended ESOP in York, England to present his paper Existential Quantification for Variant Ownership, April 2009
NedHorvath talked about "Agile Estimation and Planning" at the Agile Professionals Network, 23 March 2009
CraigAnslow talked about "Using Vision to Think with Web Based Information Visualization Tools" at the Wellington Java Users Group, 18 March 2009
NealGlew from Intel Research visited from 2 March - 6 March 2009
MarkMoir from Sun Microsystems donates a Niagara 2 machine which provides 64 concurrent threads (8 cores, each with 8 concurrent threads) to support teaching of concurrent programming, March 2009
Elvis moves into new offices on level 2 of Cotton Building, March 2009
NicholasCameron begins his two year post-doc in Elvis working with JamesNoble, Feb 2009
DavidPearce begins sabbatical at Imperial College, Feb 2009
Members of Elvis helped organise the ACSW 2009 conference, Jan 2009
Professor JamesNoble Awarded 'Most Influential Paper' at OOPSLA, Nov 2008
Members of Elvis went to Graceland, Oct 2008
ChrisLewis left ECS to go to grad school at UCSC, May 2008
ElvisBrain switched over to Twiki, May 2008