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Faculty Seminar: Requirements Engineering: from to Crowd, for the Crowd

March 22, 2017


Dr. Anas Mahmoud, Assistant Professor, LSU Computer Science

March 22, 2017 at 3:00 pm, 117  EE Conference Room


User involvement in the requirements engineering (RE) process is a major
contributing factor to software success. Software users' feedback contains
important information that helps software providers to understand their
users’ needs and expectations, identify missing features, and plan more
precisely for future releases of their systems. However, engaging large
and heterogeneous crowds of users, who are beyond an organization’s reach,
in the software production process has always been a challenge for
traditional RE methods. This has encouraged software providers to look
beyond existing RE practices into methods that enable them to connect with
the crowd in a more effective and instant way. Following this line of
work, in our research we leverage social media platforms (e.g., Twitter)
and mobile application stores (e.g., Apple App store), as a main source of
actionable software user requirements. Our main objective is to enable a
more responsive, interactive, and adaptive crowd-centric requirements
engineering process. In my talk, I will present and discuss our most
recent findings in this domain.

Dr. Anas Mahmoud is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer
Science and Engineering at Louisiana State University. His main area of
research is Software Engineering, with an emphasis on Requirements
Engineering and static code analysis. Dr. Mahmoud is currently directing
SEEL, the Software Engineering and Evolution Lab at LSU. His work at SEEL
has resulted numerous publications in several prestigious Software
Engineering venues, including the IEEE International Requirements
Engineering Conference (RE), the International Conference on Software
Engineering (ICSE), and the ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and
Methodology (TOSEM). Dr. Mahmoud’s work was nominated for the best paper
award in IEEE RE’13, 14, and 15. His TOSEM paper was selected by ACM
SIGSOFT as a Journal First paper to be presented at the ACM SIGSOFT
International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering