Meeting schedule

Meetings are generally open to interested visitors. We’re currently on Zoom but hope to be in person by Fall 2022.

Fall 2022 meetings (in person)

2022-09-02 Welcome, intros, who’s working on what

Who is new to the group/looking for projects, who’s working on what, set schedule for rest of semester

2022-09-16 TBD


2022-09-30 TBD


2022-10-14 TBD


2022-10-28 TBD


2022-11-11 No meeting—campus holiday (Veterans’ Day)

2022-11-25 No meeting—campus holiday (Thanksgiving)

2022-12-09 (dead week)


Summer 2022 meetings (Zoom link), every other Monday at noon Pacific time

2022-06-27 Summer checkin, who’s who

Who is new to the group/looking for projects, who’s working on what, set schedule for rest of summer

2022-07-11 Aslı Akalin

Aslı will present highlights of results from the experiments about potential gender bias in pair programming conducted at UC Berkeley and the University of Seville, Spain. Paper to appear in ESEM 2022 (Intl. Conf. on Empirical Software Engineering & Measurement). Undergrads Karim El-Refai and Daewon Kwon (rising sophomores) have been heavily involved in this work recently and we’re looking for ideas for future work directions too.

2022-07-25 SIGCSE 2023 plans (full-paper abstracts 12 Aug, deadline 19 Aug; posters/demos have later deadlines)

  • Armando will talk briefly about the ACELab website, and give a few highlights from ITiCSE 2022
  • Victor Huang has been CS375 GSI with Armando twice (Fall 22 will be 3rd time) and has run Summer CS375 “boot camp” for years. Victor and Armando are looking at reporting on CS375 for SIGCSE. Victor will present some possible threads/ideas around which to structure the paper; we’re looking for feedback on the topics/organization.
  • [others – add your SIGCSE submission plans here – specify if paper, poster, demo, etc]

2022-08-08 TBD

2022-08-22 TBD

Spring 2022 meetings

2022-04-01  Dr. Emerson Murphy-Hill, The Pushback Effects of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Age in Code Review (host: Armando Fox)

Dr. Emerson Murphy-Hill is a Staff Research Scientist with Product Inclusion at Google, leading an effort on improving diversity and inclusion for software developers. Before Google, he was an Associate Professor at North Carolina State University. His research spans human-computer interaction and software engineering, and has been awarded five ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Awards, an NSF CAREER Award, a VL/HCC Best Paper Award, and a Microsoft Software Engineering Innovation Foundation award.
Talk title: The Pushback Effects of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Age in Code Review (full paper)
Code review is a common practice in software organizations, where software engineers give each other feedback about a code change. As in other human decision-making processes, code review is susceptible to human biases, where reviewers’ feedback to the author may depend on how reviewers perceive the author’s demographic identity, whether consciously or unconsciously. Through the lens of role congruity theory, we show that the amount of pushback that code authors receive varies based on their gender, race/ethnicity, and age. Furthermore, we estimate that such pushback costs Google more than 1000 extra engineer hours every day, or about 4% of the estimated time engineers spend responding to reviewer comments, a cost borne by non-White and non-male engineers. Zoom recording link passcode: Yc7y$r%=

2022-04-15  Prof. Niema Moshiri, Ensuring exam integrity with MESS (Moshiri Exam Similarity Score) (host: Lisa Yan)

Guest Speaker: Prof. (Alexander) Niema Moshiri is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Computer Science & Engineering Department at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He works on computational biology, with a research focus on viral phylogenetics and epidemiology. He also place a heavy emphasis on teaching, namely on the development of online educational content, primarily Massive Adaptive Interactive Texts (MAITs), and recently gave a TEDx talk on the subject.
Talk topic:  Ensuring exam integrity with MESS (Moshiri Exam Similarity Score)

2022-04-29 SCPBL (“Skippable”): Integrating Faded Parsons Problems into CS61A (Profs. Pamela Fox, Michael Ball)

Talk topic: SCPBL (“Skippable”): Integrating Faded Parsons Problems into CS61A