Margaret Burnett

Computer Science
  • University of Kansas, 1987-1991, Ph.D. Computer Science (with honors)
  • University of Kansas, 1979-1981, M. S. Computer Science
  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1967-1970, B.A. Mathematics, Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Margaret Burnett is currently a professor of Computer Science in the School of EECS at Oregon State University. Her research interests are where programming languages, human-computer interaction, and software engineering meet: namely, in visual programming languages and in how programming language and software engineering research can be applied to support end-user programming. She has a long history of research in these issues and others relating to human issues of programming. She is also 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 was the founding project director of the EUSES Consortium, a multi-institution collaboration among Oregon State University and Carnegie Mellon, City University London, Drexel University, Pennsylvania State, Saturday Academy, University of Nebraska, University of Washington, University of Cambridge (U.K.), and IBM to help End Users Shape Effective Software.

Dr. Burnett was a recipient of IBM's International Faculty Award (2007, 2008). She was also recently honored with Oregon State University's Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award (2010), OSU College of Engineering’s Research Award (2009), OSU College of Engineering’s Research Collaboration Award (2005), and with OSU’s Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award (2000). She is a past recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Young Investigator Award (1994). She has served on program committees for numerous ACM and IEEE conferences, including the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages, and Human-Centric Computing, the ACM Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, the ACM Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation, the ACM Conference on Functional Programming Languages; on the steering committee for the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing and the ACM Conference on Software Visualization. She is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ACM.

Research Interests: 

Research Areas
In general, where humans come together with software development. Examples: End-User Programming, End-User Software Engineering, Information Foraging in Software Development, Gender Differences in these contexts.

Research Description
I've spent most of my time recently taking a serious look at software engineering aspects of end-user programming. The objective is to improve the dependability of software produced by end-user programming languages. Click here for the latest news about this from the EUSES consortium.

Applications of Research
The software industry is starting to show an intense interest in developing new dependability mechanisms for commercial products that are aimed at supporting end-user programming.

Burnett, M. M., A. Sheretov, B. Ren, and G. Rothermel, "Testing homogeneous spreadsheet grids with the "what you see is what you test" methodology", IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 28, issue 6, pp. 576 - 594, 06/2002. Abstract
Burnett, M. M., and M. Erwig, "Visually customizing inference rules about apples and oranges", IEEE 2002 Symposia on Human Centric Computing Languages and Environments, Arlington, VA, IEEE Comput. Soc, pp. 140 - 148, 06/2002. Abstract
Fisher, M., M. Cao, G. Rothermel, C. Cook, and M. M. Burnett, "Automated test case generation for spreadsheets", International Conference on Software Engineering, Orlando, Florida, ACM Press, pp. 141-153, 05/2002. Abstract
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Erwig, M., and M. M. Burnett, "Adding Apples and Oranges", Practical Aspects of Declarative Languages, 4th International Symposium, PADL 2002, Portland, OR, pp. 173-191, 01/2002. Abstract
Krishna, V. B., C. R. Cook, D. Keller, C. Wallace, M. M. Burnett, G. Rothermel, and J. Cantrell, "Incorporating incremental validation and impact analysis into spreadsheet maintenance: an empirical study", IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance, Florence, Italy, IEEE Comput. Soc, pp. 72 - 81, 11/2001. Abstract
Burnett, M. M., S. K. Chekka, and R. Pandey, "FAR: an end-user language to support cottage e-services", IEEE Symposium on Human-Centric Languages, Stresa, Italy, IEEE, pp. 195 - 202, 09/2001. Abstract
Burnett, M. M., B. Ren, A. Ko, C. Cook, and G. Rothermel, "Visually testing recursive programs in spreadsheet languages", IEEE Symposium on Human-Centric Languages, Stresa, Italy, IEEE, pp. 288 - 295, 09/2001. Abstract
Rothermel, G., M. M. Burnett, L. Li, C. Dupuis, and A. Sheretov, "A methodology for testing spreadsheets", ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology, vol. 10, issue 1, pp. 110 - 147, 01/2001. Abstract
Burnett, M. M., A. Agrawal, and P. van Zee, "Exception handling in the spreadsheet paradigm", IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 26, issue 10, pp. 923 - 942, 10/2000. Abstract
Burnett, M. M., N. Cao, and J. Atwood, "Time in grid-oriented VPLs: just another dimension?", IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages, Seattle, WA, IEEE Comput. Soc, pp. 137 - 144, 09/2000. Abstract
Rothermel, K. J., C. R. Cook, M. M. Burnett, J. Schonfeld, T. R. G. Green, and G. Rothermel, "WYSIWYT testing in the spreadsheet paradigm: an empirical evaluation", International Conference on Software Engineering, Limerick, Ireland, ACM, pp. 230 - 239, 06/2000. Abstract
Walpole Djang, R., M. M. Burnett, and R. D. Chen, "Static Type Inference for a First-Order Declarative Visual Programming Language with Inheritance", Journal of Visual Languages & Computing, vol. 11, issue 2, pp. 191 - 235, 04/2000. Abstract