CS@VT graduate students place second and third in Student Research Competition at SIGCSE 2012

Publish Date: 04/05/2012

CS@VT graduate students, Monika Akbar and Kevin Buffardi, placed second and third, respectively, in the Student Research Competition at SIGCSE 2012.  The computer science department was well represented at the conference, held in early March, in Raleigh, NC.

Monika Akbar, working with her advisor, Dr. Cliff Shaffer, submitted a project entitled "Deduced Social Networks for Educational Portal."

Her abstract: "Educational portals such as Algoviz.org seek to direct users to specific resources of interest to them. While AlgoViz has significant traffic, we lack active user data such as ratings and reviews. We instead use log data to deduce connections between different objects in the site (users and resources). Deduced networks have the potential to improve services such as searching and browsing for a wide range of educational resource portals."

Kevin Buffardi, working with his advisor Dr. Steve Edwards, submitted his project "Student Adherence to Test-First Programming in the Classroom."

Kevin describes his project: Thanks to Web-CAT (an automated grading system we use primarily in introductory courses), I had the advantage of examining students' progress on project development over time to observe how closely they followed Test-Driven Development (TDD) methods. I found positive correlations between their adherence to TDD principles and the quality of both their solutions and testing. I also identified opportunities for influencing student behavior to improve their work as well as gain practice in methods popular in industry.

Complete list of winners from the Student Research Competition

Congratulations to Monika and Kevin!