Monday, February 23, 2015 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
KEC 1003

Speaker Information

Sandeep Kaur Kuttal
Postdoctoral Scholar
School of EECS
Oregon State University


In this talk, I will discuss my research on variation management systems for end-user programmers. Variation management deals with managing program variants over time and space. My research developed an automatic variation management support for end-user programmers. The challenge was to integrate variation management activities into end-user programmer’s existing workflow without changing the nature of their work or priorities. My user studies revealed that variation management support helps end-user programmers. The studies also helped in understanding users’ behaviors and strategies while interacting with such systems, and revealed different aspects of how modern programming environments can be designed and developed. My research has helped end users with programming tasks, including program exploration, program understanding, verification, and debugging. I conclude by sharing my vision for new research directions related to the approach and to other aspects of programming environments.

Speaker Bio

Sandeep Kaur Kuttal is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Oregon State University, working with Dr. Margaret Burnett. In her current position, she also collaborates with Dr. Gregg Rothermel and Dr. Anita Sarma at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Her research interests span the areas of Software Engineering, Empirical Evaluation and Human-Computer Interaction. She is interested in human issues of software development, which lies in the intersection of HCI and software engineering. Her current research focuses on end-user programming, end-user software engineering, and information foraging theory as applied to programming. She received her PhD degree in Computer Science from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Rothermel and Dr. Sarma. She also has a Masters of Technology and Bachelors of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, India. She worked as senior lecturer in India for more than seven years. Her work has been published in several highly selective Human-Computer Interaction venues.