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ICSE 2019
Sat 25 - Fri 31 May 2019 Montreal, QC, Canada
Wed 29 May 2019 17:10 - 17:30 at Place du Canada - Studying Developers Chair(s): Thomas Fritz

Data structures permeate many aspects of software engineering, but their associated human cognitive processes are not thoroughly understood. We leverage medical imaging and insights from the psychological notion of spatial ability to decode the neural representations of several fundamental data structures and their manipulations. In a human study involving 76 participants, we examine list, array, tree, and mental rotation tasks using both functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

We find a nuanced relationship: data structure and spatial operations use the same focal regions of the brain but to different degrees. They are related but distinct neural tasks. In addition, problem difficulty matters, inducing a higher cognitive load in computer science than in pure spatial reasoning. Finally, while fNIRS is less expensive and more permissive, there are some computing-relevant brain regions that only fMRI can reach.

Wed 29 May
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16:00 - 18:00: Studying DevelopersPapers / Technical Track / New Ideas and Emerging Results / Journal-First Papers at Place du Canada
Chair(s): Thomas FritzUniversity of Zurich, University of British Columbia
16:00 - 16:20
How C++ Developers Use Immutability Declarations: an Empirical StudyArtifacts AvailableArtifacts Evaluated ReusableTechnical TrackIndustry Program
Technical Track
Jon EyolfsonUniversity of Waterloo, Patrick LamUniversity of Waterloo
16:20 - 16:30
Need for Sleep: the Impact of a Night of Sleep Deprivation on Novice Developers' PerformanceIndustry ProgramJournal-First
Journal-First Papers
Davide FucciUniversity of Hamburg, Giuseppe ScannielloUniversity of Basilicata, Simone RomanoUniversity of Basilicata, Natalia JuristoUniversidad Politecnica de Madrid
16:30 - 16:50
Latent Patterns in Activities: A Field Study of How Developers Manage ContextTechnical Track
Technical Track
Souti ChattopadhyayGraduate Student, Nicholas NelsonOregon State University, Yenifer Ramirez GonzalezOregon State University, Annel Amelia LeonOregon State University, Rahul PanditaPhase Change Software, Anita SarmaOregon State University
16:50 - 17:10
Developer Reading Behavior while Summarizing Java Methods : Size and Context MattersArtifacts AvailableArtifacts Evaluated ReusableTechnical Track
Technical Track
Nahla Abid, Bonita SharifUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, Natalia DraganKent State University, Hend AlrasheedKent State University, Jonathan I. MaleticKent State University
17:10 - 17:30
Distilling Neural Representations of Data Structure Manipulation using fMRI and fNIRSACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper AwardTechnical Track
Technical Track
Yu HuangUniversity of Michigan, Xinyu LiuUniversity of Michigan, Ryan KruegerUniversity of Michigan, Tyler SantanderUniversity of California at Santa Barbara, Xiaosu HuUniversity of Michigan, Kevin LeachUniversity of Michigan, Westley WeimerUniversity of Michigan
17:30 - 17:40
Biofeedback augmented software engineering: monitoring of programmers' mental effortNIER
New Ideas and Emerging Results
Ricardo CouceiroUniversity of Coimbra, Gonçalo DuarteUniversity of Coimbra, João DurãesCISUC, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, João CastelhanoICNAS, University of Coimbra, Catarina DuarteICNAS, University of Coimbra, Cesar TeixeiraUniversity of Coimbra, Miguel Castelo BrancoICNAS/CIBIT, University of Coimbra, Paulo CarvalhoUniversity of Coimbra, Henrique MadeiraUniversity of Coimbra
17:40 - 18:00
Discussion Period