Welcome to the STQA Home Page


Software has become fundamental to our society and our everyday lives. Regardless of age, gender, occupation, or nationality, each one of us depends on software, either directly or indirectly. Yet the disappointing truth is that software is far from defect-free and large sums of money are spent each year to fix and maintain defective software. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, software bugs cost the U.S. economy an estimated $59.5 billion annually, or about 0.6 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). The same study also found that more than one-third of these costs, or an estimated $22.2 billion, could be eliminated by an improved testing infrastructure. Furthermore, these estimates do not take into account any potential deaths or catastrophic financial loss associated with the failure of mission critical software.


It is notable that software testing continues to be the primary approach used in practice to ensure the development of high quality software. In fact, the majority of our students graduating with a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in computer science or software engineering are engaged in developing and testing software. It is also estimated that more than 60% of the cost of software development is spent on testing and debugging. This situation has become even more challenging because not only is software larger and much complicated than ever before, but the industry also suffers from a tighter schedule and reduced cost.


In response to this scenario, faculty members in the Computer Science Department at UTD established an Advanced Research Center for Software Testing and Quality Assurance in August 2014. Our primary objective is to promote further research and develop advanced cutting-edge technologies, with user-friendly tool support, for technology transfer. We will focus on closing the gap between the state-of-art research conducted in an academic setting and the state-of-practice techniques used in the field. We will assist practitioners, no matter what their previous level of experience with software testing and quality assurance (including security, safety, reliability, modeling, data analysis, etc.), to be quickly brought up to speed on the necessary background knowledge and gain the ability to apply a cost-effective set of procedures tailored to their specific projects. With this, it is more likely that software can be better tested to ensure high quality at reduced cost.


Our plan is to make this center a leading research facility on software testing and quality assurance in the north Texas area. In addition, our center also provides a path to access all the results generated from projects funded by S2ERC – an NSF-sponsored Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on Security and Software Engineering.


News


The website for the Advanced Center on Software Testing and Quality Assurance (STQA) has been officially lanuched in January 2015. Please send your comments to Mr. Xuelin Li, the webmaster.


Awards


Professor W. Eric Wong


  1. Engineer of The Year for 2014
    IEEE Reliability Society

  2. Outstanding Service Award
    December 2014
    Department of Computer Science
    University of Texas at Dallas

  3. Top Cited Article from 2010
    Journal of Systems and software
    (W. Eric Wong, Vidroha Debroy and Byoungju Choi, “A Family of Code Coverage-based Heuristics for Effective Fault Localization”)

  4. Best Paper Award
    (Vidroha Debroy and W. Eric Wong, “On the Equivalence of Certain Fault Localization Techniques”)
    March 2011
    The 26th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (ACM SAC)

  5. Outstanding Service Award
    May 2011
    IEEE Reliability Society

  6. Outstanding Service Award
    December 2009
    Department of Computer Science
    University of Texas at Dallas

  7. Certificate of Appreciation for Industry-Academia Education
    May 2009
    Tektronix Inc., Richardson, Texas

  8. Best paper Award
    (W. Eric Wong, Lei Zhao, Yu Qi and Kai-Yuan Cai, “Effective Fault Localization using Code Coverage”)
    July 2007
    The 31st IEEE International Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC)

  9. Quality Assurance Special Achievement Award
    November 1997
    Johnson Space Center, NASA

Professor Lingming Zhang


Dr. Mark Paulk


Faculty Member


W. Eric Wong Lingming Zhang Mark Paulk



W. Eric Wong


Professor
Director of Outreach &
Director of Advanced Center of Software Testing and Quality Assurance

W. Eric Wong received his B.S. in Computer Science from Eastern Michigan University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University. In addition to his positions at UTD, Professor Wong has an appointment as a Guest Researcher from NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to joining UTD, he was with Telcordia (Bellcore - formerly part of AT&T Bell Labs) as a Senior Research Scientist and the project manager in charge of the initiative for Dependable Telecom Software Development.

Professor Wong's research focus is on the technology to help practitioners improve the quality of software while reducing the cost of development at the same time. In particular, he is working on software testing, debugging, risk analysis/metrics, safety, and reliability. Professor Wong has very strong experience developing real-life industry applications of his research results. Since 2002, as PI or Co-PI, he has received research funding from such organizations as NSF, NASA, NIST, Avaya, IBM, Texas Instruments, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, HP, NEC (Nippon Electric Company), and Hyundai Motor Company among others.

Professor Wong is the IEEE Reliability Society Engineer of the Year for 2014, one of the most prestigious awards by the society. He is also a recipient of the Quality Assurance Special Achievement Award from Johnson Space Center, NASA (1997) and two Best Paper Awards from COMPSAC (2007) and ACM SAC (2011). He is currently serving as the Vice President for Publications of the IEEE Reliability Society, and is the Founding Steering Committee Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Software Security and Reliability (SERE). He was the Vice President for Technical Activities (2012-2013) and the Secretary (2014) of the IEEE Reliability Society, and the Secretary of ACM SIGAPP (Special Internet Group on Applied Computing) for two consecutive terms (2009-2013). Professor Wong is on the editorial board of several journals including IEEE Transactions on Reliability (T-Rel) and the Journal of Systems and Software (JSS). He has served or is serving as special issue guest editor for T-Rel, JSS, SPE, IST, SQJ, IJSEKE, etc., and general or program chair for many international conferences such as ISSRE, COMPSAC, QSIC, SERE, and SEKE.

Home page: http://www.utdallas.edu/~ewong




Lingming Zhang


Assistant Professor

Lingming Zhang obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the University of Texas at Austin in May 2014. He received his MS degree and BS degree in Computer Science from Peking University (2010) and Nanjing University (2007), respectively.

His research interests lie broadly in software engineering and programming languages, including automated program analysis, testing, debugging, and verification, as well as software evolution and mobile computing. He has authored 20 papers in premier software engineering or programming language transactions and conferences, including TOSEM, TSE, ICSE, POPL, OOPSLA, ISSTA, and ASE. He has also served on the program committee or artifact evaluation committee for various international conferences (including ICSM, ISSRE, OOPSLA, and ISSTA).

Home page: http://www.utdallas.edu/~lxz144130/




Mark Paulk


Senior Lecturer

Mark C. Paulk holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He teaches software engineering at UTD and is a consultant and author in software engineering, software process improvement, high maturity practices, agile methods, and statistical thinking.

Dr. Paulk is a Fellow of the ASQ, an ASQ Certified Software Quality Engineer, and a Senior Member of the IEEE. While with the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, he led the work on the Capability Maturity Model for Software. Dr. Paulk is a co-author of the eSourcing Capability Model for Service Providers.

Home page: http://mark.paulk123.com/index.html



PhD Students


Ruizhi Gao Yihao Li Shou-Yu Lee
Xuelin Li Linghuan Hu Zijing Tian



Ruizhi Gao

4th-year PhD Student

Ruizhi Gao received his Bachelor degree in Software Institute from Nanjing University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate under the supervision of Professor W. Eric Wong at the University of Texas at Dallas. His research focus is on software testing, fault localization, and program debugging.

Status: Passed all three written qualifying exams



Yihao Li

4th-year PhD Student

Yihao Li received his B.S. degree in software engineering from East China Institute of Technology, and the M.S. degree in computer science from Southeastern Louisiana University. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Professor W. Eric Wong in computer science at the University of Texas at Dallas. His current research interests include software testing and fault localization, program debugging, and software risk analysis.

Status: Passed all three written qualifying exams



Shou-Yu Lee

3rd-year PhD Student

Shou-Yu Lee received his B.S. degree in Computer Science from National Tsing Hua University at Taiwan, and the M.S. degree in computer science from Tunghai University. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Professor W. Eric Wong at the University of Texas at Dallas. His current research interests include software fault localization, context-sensitive computing, and software risk analysis.

Status: Passed all three written qualifying exams



Xuelin Li

2nd-year PhD Student

Xuelin Li graduated from Beihang University with a B.E. degree in Software Reliability Engineering. He is currently on the PhD track under the supervision of Professor W. Eric Wong at the University of Texas at Dallas. Research interests include software safety analysis and software fault localization.

Status: Passed all three written qualifying exams




Linghuan Hu

1st-year PhD Student

Linghuan Hu received his B.S. degree in Information Security at Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications and M.S. degree in Software Engineering at University of Texas at Dallas. He is currently a PhD student under the supervision of Professor W. Eric Wong in computer science department at the University of Texas at Dallas. His current research interests include quality assurance, code instrumentation, combinatorial testing and model based test generation.

Status: Passed all three written qualifying exams



Zijing Tian

1st-year PhD Student

Zijing Tian received his B.S. and M.S. degree in electronic engineering department from Xidian University in China. He is currently a PhD student under the supervision of Professor W. Eric Wong in computer science at the University of Texas, Dallas. His current research interests include software testing, embedded software testing and data analysis.

Status: Passed two written qualifying exams


Projects



Publication



Invited Talks Since 2011


Professor W. Eric Wong


  1. Reducing the Cost of Debugging via Effective Fault Localization
    • — Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, July 2013
    • — Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China, October 2013

  2. Effective Regression Testing in Practice
    • — Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, July 2013

  3. Software Quality Assurance & Effective Program Debugging
    • — NEC (Nippon Electric Company), Tokyo, Japan, November 2013
    • — Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, China, December 2013

  4. Roadmap for Involving Undergraduates in Research
    • — The 49th Annual ACET Conference, Waco, Texas, October 2013

  5. Rethinking Software Testing in Undergraduate Education
    • — The 49th Annual ACET Conference, Waco, Texas, October 2013
    • — The 45th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE),
      Atlanta, Georgia, March 2014

  6. A series of five special lectures on Software Quality
    • — Hiroshima University, Japan, July 2012
    • (Also sponsored by Chugoku-Shikoku branch of the Operations Research Society
      of Japan)

  7. Reducing the Cost of Debugging via Effective Fault Localization
    • — The 3rd International Workshop on Program Debugging, Dallas, Texas,
      November 2012
    • — Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China, October 2012
    • — Northwestern Polytechnical University, China, October 2012
    • — Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China, May 2012
    • — Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2011


Professor Lingming Zhang


Dr. Mark Paulk



Panels at Professional Meetings Since 2011


Professor W. Eric Wong


  1. L. Werner, G. Kuenning, M. Sebern, Jim Vallino, and W. Eric Wong, “Software Engineering Education via the Use of Corporate-Sponsored Projects,” The 26th IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEE&T), San Francisco, California, USA, May, 2013

  2. W. Eric Wong, Moderator and Panelist on “Involving Undergraduates in Research,” The 25th IEEE-CS Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEE&T), Nanjing, China, April 2012

  3. W. Eric Wong, Moderator and Panelist on “Teaching Software Testing: Experiences, Lessons Learned & the Path Forward,” The 24th IEEE-CS Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEE&T), Honolulu, Hawaii, May 2011

  4. W. Eric Wong, Moderator and Panelist on “Smart Grid: Everything You Want to Know,” The 2011 Annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS), Orlando, Florida, January 2011

Professor Lingming Zhang


Dr. Mark Paulk


Certified Tutorial



Awards



IEEE RS, ACM SIGAPP & ASQ


This page lists all the important positions at various professional societies held by faculty of this center.

Professor W. Eric Wong


  • IEEE Reliability Society
    — Member of Administrative Committee (2008—2010, 2011—2013 & 2015—2017)
    — Vice President for Technical Activities (2012—2013) (Two consecutive terms)
    — Secretary (2014)
    — Vice President for Publications (2015)

  • Dallas Chapter, IEEE Reliability Society
    — Chair since 2012

    (Visit http://paris.utdallas.edu/rsdallas for all the activities sponsored by the Chapter)


  • ACM SIGAPP (Special Interest Group of Applied Computing)
    — Secretary (06/2009—05/2013) (Two consecutive terms)

Professor Lingming Zhang


Dr. Mark Paulk


Idustry/Government



Events



For any inquiry, please contact


Professor Eric Wrong

Department of computer Science
University of Texas at Dallas

Email:
Phone:
Fax:
Web:
ewong@utdallas.edu
(972) 883-6619
(972) 883-2399
http://www.utdallas.edu/~ewong

Post address:

MS EC 31
800 W. Campbell Road
Richardson, Texas 75080


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