REU-Related Publications

Three Journal Papers

  1. Be more familiar with our enemies and pave the way forward: A review of the roles bugs played in software failures, W. E. Wong, X. Li, and P. A. Laplante, The Journal of Systems and Software, (online since June 30, 2017) (DOI 10.1016/j.jss.2017.0 6.0 69)
  2. Integrating Safety Analysis with Functional Modeling, O. El Ariss, D. Xu, and W. E. Wong, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics - Part A: Systems and Humans, 41(4):610-624, July 2011 [pdf]
  3. The Role of Software in Recent Catastrophic Accidents, W. E. Wong, V. Debroy, and A. Restrepo, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, 59(3):469-473, September 2010


Ten Conference Papers

  1. Teaching Secure Coding Practices in Introductory Programming Courses, W. E. Wong, T. Moranza, and T. Horcath, in Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Conference by The Association for Computer Educators in Texas, Beaumont, Texas, October 2016
  2. Evaluating Software Safety Standards: A Systematic Review and Comparison, W. E. Wong, T. Gidvani, A. Lopez, R. Gao, and M. Horn, in Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Software Security and Reliability, San Francisco, California, USA, July 2014 [pdf]
  3. Software Safety Standards: Evolution and Lessons Learned, S. Lee, R. Gao, and W. E. Wong, in Proceedings of the first IEEE International Conference on Trustworthy Systems and Their Applications , Taichung, Taiwan, June 2014 [pdf]
  4. Undergraduates and Research: Motivations, Challenges, and the Path Forward, W. E. Wong, J. Ding, G. Fiorini, and C. Hansen, in Proceedings of the 26th IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEE&T), pp. 341-345, San Francisco, California, USA, May 2013 [pdf]
  5. Roadmap for Involving Undergraduates in Research, W. E. Wong, in Proceedings of the 49th Annual Conference by The Association for Computer Educators in Texas, Waco, Texas, October 2013
  6. Safe Software: Does it Cost More to Develop?, W. E. Wong, A. Demel, V. Debroy, and M. F. Siok, in Proceedings of the 5th IEEE International Conference on Secure Software Integration and Reliability Improvement (SSIRI), pp. 198-207, Jeju Island, Korea, June 2011 [pdf]
  7. Bridging the Gap Between Fault Trees and UML State Machine Diagrams for Safety Analysis, H, Kim, W. E. Wong, V. Debroy, and D. H. Bae, in Proceedings of the 17th Asia Pacific Software Engineering Conference (APSEC), pp. 196-205, Sydney, Australia, December 2010 [pdf]
  8. Recent Catastrophic Accidents: Investigating How Software Was Responsible, W. E. Wong, V. Debroy, A. Surampudi, H. Kim, and M. F. Siok, in Proceedings of the 4th IEEE International Conference on Secure Software Integration and Reliability Improvement (SSIRI), pp. 14-22, Singapore, June 2010 [pdf]
  9. An Undergraduate Summer Research Program in Software Safety, W. E. Wong and V. Debroy, in Proceedings of the 23rd Annual IEEE-CS Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEE&T), pp. 157-164, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, March 2010 [pdf]
  10. An NSF-Sponsored Summer Research Program for Undergraduates: Evolution and Refinement, W. E. Wong, V. Debroy, and A. Restrepo, in Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Education Technology and Training (ETT), Wuhan, China, November 2010 [pdf]


One Bachelor Thesis

  1. Reducing the Cost of Safety Critical Software, Armand Halbert (2012 REU Alumnus), Bachelor’s degree with honors in Computer Science, University of Texas at Dallas, May 2013

Ten Poster Presentations by REU Students

  1. The Impact of Software Safety on the Software Development Process at the Architectural Level, Jamelle Jaudon (2015 Alumnus), at the 2016 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference, Washington DC, February 26, 2016 (with a travel award from ERN conference)
  2. Techniques for Analyzing Software Safety: An Approach to Quality Safety, James Courtney (2011 Alumnus), at the 2012 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference, Washington DC, February 26, 2012 (with a travel award from ERN conference)
  3. The Effects of Perceived Privacy and Security, and Intrinsic Reinforcement on Social Network Usage, Kristi Belcher (2014 REU Alumna), in 2014 Grace Hopper Conference , (with a travel award from NSF)
  4. Online Social Network Analysis: Correlating Users’ Personality with their Privacy Concerns in a Social Network Setting, Melissa Diaz Lopez (2013 REU Alumna), in 2013 Grace Hopper Conference (with a travel award from NSF)
  5. Software Safety in Autonomous Cars: Emerging Research & Technology, Andrew Berry (2016 Alumnus), at the 2016 Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium co-sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research and NSF (with a travel award from the Computer Science Department at UTD)
  6. Software Safety in the Machine Protection of the LHC: Its Significance and Evolution, Rebecca Barsotti (2015 Alumna), at the 2015 Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium co-sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research and NSF, Washington D. C., October 26, 2015 (with a travel award from the Computer Science Department at UTD)
  7. Recent Accidents: Investigating How Software Was Responsible, Ingrid Soldevila (2014 REU Alumna), at the 2014 Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium co-sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research and NSF (with a travel award from the Computer Science Department at UTD)
  8. Extracting an Individual’s Social Preferences from Online Social Network Activity, André R. Rosete (2013 REU Alumnus), at the 2013 Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium co-sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research and NSF (with a travel award from the Computer Science Department at UTD)
  9. Probing Security Vulnerabilities in Smartphone Applications, Alfonso Lopez (2012 Alumnus), at the presentation for the recipients of the 2012 Undergraduate Research Scholar Award sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Texas at Dallas, March 2013
  10. Software Safety Analysis: An Integrated Approach, Manasa Guduru (2009 Alumna), at the presentation for the recipients of the 2009 Undergraduate Research Scholar Award sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Texas at Dallas, March 2010


Panel Discussion

  1. Involving Undergraduates in Research: Motivations and Challenges, W. E. Wong, at the 25th IEEE Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEE&T), Nanjing, China, April 2012 [pdf]


Eleven Technical Reports

  1. Literature Survey on Software Fault-Proneness Prediction from 2014 to 2017, J. Bell (August 2017)
  2. Software Safety Analysis: An Integrated Approach, F. Ojo and T. Beverly (Revised; August 2017)
  3. Fileless Malware and the Impact on Software Safety, C. Hernandez and J. Chan (August 2017)
  4. Evaluation of ISO 26262: Analysis of Realistic Issues in the Automotive Industry, C. Morales, J. Walters, and Y. Shea (August 2017)
  5. Software Safety in Autonomous Cars: Emerging Research & Technology, A. Berry, C. Frias, and S. Rosales (August 2016)
  6. Evaluation of Software Safety-Standards: The Analysis of Pragmatic Issues in Its Practice for the Aviation Industry, H. Acquah, C. Howard, and A. Vargheese (August 2016)
  7. Software Safety in the Machine Protection of the LHC: Its Significance and Evolution, R. Barsotti and K. Eastin (August 2015)
  8. Impact of Software Safety on the Architecture Level, D. Ramirez, J. Jaudon, and K. Clothier (Revised; August 2015)
  9. Software Safety Standards: How Good Are They?, A. Vantrease, D. Roberson, and S. Johnson (Revised; August 2015)
  10. Recent Catastrophic Accidents: Is Software to Blame?, A. O’Brien, M. Trinh, and I. Soldevila (Revised; August 2015)
  11. Testing for Software Safety, T. Simmons (Revised; August 2013)

Since some REU students furthered projects that were previously explored by other REU students, the corresponding reports were revised with additional materials. Interested readers may contact Professor Eric Wong for the latest version.


Two Special Sets of Videos by REU Students

  1. John Chambers from The University of South Carolina, Aiken (2011 Alumnus) Eleven videos on “Exploring an Integrated Model for Safety Analysis of Software Dependable Systems”,
  2. Timothy Simmons from The State University of New York, Potsdam (2013 Alumnus) Nine videos on “Software Safety Analysis: An Integrated Approach”,

These videos were made by the students in the semester after they finished the REU summer program at UTD and returned to their home institutions.