IEEE OC Computer Society Distinguished Lecture#1 by Dr Oboler (on Aug 29)



Parking: $2/hr @ Anteater Parking Structure, near the Calit2 building.


Lecture#1: Software Engineering for the Research Environment

(Lecture#2 "The Technical Challenge of Hate Speech, Incitement and Extremism in Social Media" by Dr Oboler is on Aug 30 @ 6pm GIGASAVVY)

Having found that traditional software engineering approaches and tools were not used by academic researchers in the United States and Australia, a new Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) was created to tailor software engineering more appropriately to this environment. This talk introduces the ideals embedded in the new SDLC and explains how they were instantiated in a three-year experiment involving multiple researchers on independent projects. The new approaches were shown to have a significant impact when results were compared to a control group. The talk will introduce some of the ideas and tools which led to this impact.

  Date and Time




  • 3008 Calit2 Building
  • CALiT2
  • Irvine, California
  • United States 92697-2800
  • Building: CALiT2 Building @ UCI
  • Room Number: 3008
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  • Asad Abu-Tarif
    Ph.D., MBA
    Chair, IEEE Orange County Computer Society

  • Co-sponsored by Venue Sponsor: CALiT2@UCI
  • Starts 13 August 2016 12:00 AM
  • Ends 29 August 2016 12:00 PM
  • All times are America/Los_Angeles
  • No Admission Charge
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Dr. Andre Oboler
Dr. Andre Oboler


Software Engineering for the Research Environment.

The talk looks at how software engineering can be applied to computer science related research in a way that bring substantial benefits to researchers with a minimal cost in effort. It examines an approach to apply software engineering principles effectively, both for the benefit of the initial researcher and for longer term benefits to the body of research, in the academic computer science research environment.

The work follows previous research demonstrating that traditional software engineering approaches were considered a poor fit by academic researchers in the United States and Australia largely due to the effort required for software engineering appearing greater than the benefits provided to the researcher who had to undertake that effort.

The works implements the RAISER / RESET software development life cycle and a range of tools to support research. It empirically tested the approach in an experimental framework. The result was a consistent and significant improvement by experimental subjects compared to a control group.

The work includes an approach to personal process modelling, documentation guidelines specific to research and a larger scale model for efficiently implementing the ideas at the level of a university department. The work formed the basis of a PhD thesis supervised by software engineering expert Prof Ian Sommerville in the UK.  


Dr Andre Oboler is a Senior Member of the IEEE and serves as Vice Chair (Awards and Recognition) of the IEEE Computer Society's Member and Geographic Activities Board. In his day job he is CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute, an Australian charity working on technical solutions and improved public understanding to combating racism, bigotry and extremism in social media. He has served in a wide range of leaderships roles for international bodies and for organizations within Australia and the United Kingdom. This included serving two terms with the Board of the QAA, the UK’s higher education regulator, and serving on the Research and Teaching Forum of the Higher Education Academy. He regularly comments for the media on technology issues impacting society.

Dr Oboler holds a PhD in Computer Science from Lancaster University (UK), a Juris Doctor from Monash University (Australia) and completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship in Political Science at Bar-Ilan University (Israel). His research interests include empirical software engineering, process improvement, hate speech in social media and the social implications of technology.

Address:Victoria, Australia

Dr. Andre Oboler


Software Engineering for the Research Environment.



Address:Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


4:00 - 4:30pm Networking

4:30 - 5:30pm Presentation by Dr Andre Oboler

5:30 - 6:00pm Q&A with Dr Oboler


IEEE OC Computer Society thanks CALiT2@UCI for sponsoring the venue.