Preetha Chatterjee, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics (CCI), was recently honored with the Distinguished Reviewer Award at the ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE), held from December 5 to 7, 2023.
The ESEC/FSE conference is one of the top software engineering conferences in the world, and serves as a global platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to showcase recent innovations, discuss trends, share experiences, and address challenges in the software engineering field.
The award acknowledges Chatterjee’s outstanding role as a reviewer, contributing to the rigorous evaluation and selection process of research presented at the conference.
Furthermore, the CCI made a notable presence at the conference, with two PhD in Computer Science students presenting their research.
Ramtin Ehsani presented a paper titled "Exploring Moral Principles Exhibited in OSS: A Case Study on GitHub Heated Issues” (co-authored with Chatterjee and Shadi Rezapour, PhD, assistant professor in CCI’s Department of Information Science). The study delves into the crucial aspect of fostering collaboration and inclusivity in Open Source Software (OSS) projects. Ehsani's research employs Moral Foundations Theory to examine the relationship between moral principles and toxicity in OSS discussions on GitHub. Ehsani’s research interests lie in the intersection of software engineering, machine learning and NLP.
Amirali Sajadi presented a paper titled "Towards Understanding Emotions in Informal Developer Interactions: A Gitter Chat Study" (co-authored with Chatterjee and Kostadin Damevski of Virginia Commonwealth University). The study focuses on the significant role of emotions in teamwork and collaborative software development. Sajadi's research explores emotions expressed in developer chats, highlighting the unique signals of emotions specific to this form of communication. Sajadi’s primary research interests include software engineering and natural language processing.
Both Ehsani and Sajadi work as research assistants within Chatterjee’s SOAR (Software Engineering and Analytics Research) Lab, which focuses on improving software engineers’ tools and environments through empirical data analysis, natural language processing and machine learning.
Drexel CCI continues to demonstrate its commitment to cutting-edge research and innovation, further solidifying its reputation as a hub for advancing knowledge in the computer science and software engineering fields.