My particular interests are in understanding and addressing the significant problems associated with designing, testing, and evolving large software systems. Such systems are astonishingly complex and consequently extremely difficult to design correctly, impossible to test thoroughly (meaning that practically every system is going to be faulty in some respects), and very hard to comprehend when it comes to adapting or changing them. I am interested in developing techniques and tools that can address these factors and support developers in building such systems. I am also particularly interested in the evaluation and assessment of such tools and techniques so as to provide software engineers with concrete evidence on their effectiveness.
Projects I have worked on include:
For a full description of previous and current projects take a look at the Software Systems Group pages. Applications from prospective PhD students interested in working in this area are particularly welcome.
- The empirical evaluation of defect detection techniques.
- Investigation the problems of understanding and documenting large OO architectures.
- The application of metaheuristic search-based techniques to the problem of automatic test data generation.
- The development and evaluation of strategies and tools to support the application of code inspections to OO systems.
A list of most of my publications
Teaching for the year 2010-2011 includes:
Other teaching related material:
Final year projects: To help those in the writing up stage, here are some
copies of slides of a short talk done (several years ago) in conjunction with Tim Walsh on
There is also the guide to writing final year
project reports made
available by the CS Department of Cardiff University.
My primary responsibilities are:
Follow the above links for more information.
Life Outside Work
My main pastime is hill running (or fell running as it is also known) - see Scottish Hill Runners or Scottish Hill Racing if you want to know more about this wonderful sport - and I'm a member of Giffnock North AAC (based in the south side of Glasgow; an area not renowned for its mountainous terrain...). I'm also a keen cyclist, although preferably of bicycles without gears. This year I'm also (slowly) teaching myself to play the mandolin.