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Colloquium - Burnett

End-User Software Engineering: Surprise-Explain-Reward
Oregon State University

In this talk, we will consider what happens when we add to end-user programming environments consideration of the software lifecycle beyond the "coding" phase. Considering other phases is necessary, because there is ample evidence that the programs end users create are filled with errors. To help address this problem, we have been working on an approach to software engineering for end users. It incorporates support for software engineering devices to help end-user programmers with, for example, systematic testing and fault localization. The catch: the user is not assumed to have expertise or even interest in software engineering. In this talk, I will focus on our "Surprise-Explain-Reward" strategy for motivating male and female end users to employ these software engineering devices for end-user programmers.

Margaret Burnett is a Professor of Computer Science at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University. Her research focuses on human issues of programming languages and environments, especially when the programming is done by people not trained as professional programmers. She is the principal architect of the Forms/3 and the FAR visual programming languages and, together with Gregg Rothermel, of the WYSIWYT testing methodology for end-user programmers. She is also currently Project Director of the EUSES Consortium, an NSF-funded multi-institution collaboration among Oregon State University, Carnegie Mellon, Pennsylvania State, University of Nebraska, Drexel University, University of Cambridge (U.K.), and, most recently, IBM, to help End Users Shape Effective Software.

Sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning & Design.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)