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Upcoming Computer Science Colloquium on Views on Internal and External Validity in Software Engineering by Dr.-Ing. Janet Siegmund

The computer science department by way of our research group is hosting a colloquium talk (free and open to the public):

  • by: Dr.-Ing. Janet Siegmund
  • about: Views on Internal and External Validity in Software Engineering
  • on: November 29th, 2016, 15:45 Uhr
  • at: Room 02.152-113 (Vorstandszimmer), Martenstr. 3, 91058 Erlangen

Abstract: Empirical methods have grown common in software engineering, but there is no consensus on how to apply them properly. Is practical relevance key? Do internally valid studies have any value? Should we replicate more to address the tradeoff between internal and external validity? We asked the community how empirical research should take place in software engineering, complemented with a literature review about the status of empirical research in software engineering. We found that the opinions differ considerably, and that there is no consensus in the community when to focus on internal or external validity and how to conduct and review replications.

Speaker: Janet Siegmund works as a Post-doc at the Chair of Software Engineering, University of Passau. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Magdeburg in 2012 and she holds two master’s degrees, one in Computer Science and one in Psychology. In her research, she focuses on the human factor in software engineering, for example, when writing source code. Janet Siegmund is the co-author of more than 30 peer-reviewed journal, conference, and workshop publications. She regularly serves as program-committee member for conferences and workshops. Since 2014, she is in the steering committee of the International Conference on Program Comprehension.