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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

16:00 - 18:00: Papers - Studying Developers at Place du Canada
Chair(s): Thomas FritzUniversity of Zurich, University of British Columbia
icse-2019-Technical-Papers16:00 - 16:20
Jon EyolfsonUniversity of Waterloo, Patrick LamUniversity of Waterloo
icse-2019-Journal-First-Paper16:20 - 16:30
Davide FucciUniversity of Hamburg, Giuseppe ScannielloUniversity of Basilicata, Simone RomanoUniversity of Basilicata, Natalia JuristoUniversidad Politecnica de Madrid
icse-2019-Technical-Papers16:30 - 16:50
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
icse-2019-Technical-Papers16:50 - 17:10
Nahla Abid, Bonita SharifUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, Natalia DraganKent State University, Hend AlrasheedKent State University, Jonathan MaleticKent State University
icse-2019-Technical-Papers17:10 - 17:30
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
icse-2019-New-Ideas-and-Emerging-Reults17:30 - 17:40
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
icse-2019-Paper-Presentations17:40 - 18:00