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PhD Defense - Will McBurney

Start: 3/14/2016 at 1:00PM
End: 3/14/2016 at 4:00PM
Location: 100 Stinson Remick
Attendees: Faculty and students are welcome to attend the presentation portion of the defense. Light refreshments will be served.
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Will McBurney

Dissertation Defense

Advisor: Collin McMillan


Dr. Douglas Thain, Dr. Aaron Stiegel, Dr. David Chiang, Dr. Lori Pollock

Time: 1p.m.-4p.m. Monday March 14

Location: 100 Stinson Remick


"Understanding Automatic Source Code Summarization"


Programmers rely on software documentation. Software documentation tells a programmer how to use a system, and how the system functions. However, software documentation is time-consuming to write and often becomes incomplete or outdated. To address the limitations and costs of software documentation, researchers have begun producing automatic source code summarization approaches. In my proposal, I discuss my ongoing and future work towards understanding and improving automatic source code summarization. My research has contributed to a better understanding of how software developers document source code, as well as how developers read code and documentation.