Meeting schedule

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

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