I am currently a 4th-year Ph.D. candidate, my research is at the intersection of Cognitive Neuroscience and Software Engineering. I apply techniques from Cognitive Neuroscience to study developers’ cognitive load during software engineering tasks.
As part of my thesis research, I developed a novel multi-modal framework to demonstrate the feasibility of using eye tracking technology and an fNIRS brain imaging device to map and analyze cognitive load data at a very fine level of granularity - up to the level of source code identifiers. I am currently using this framework to quantify the cognitive impact of programming language features.
I am fascinated by how language design decisions have a direct measurable impact on the cognitive load experienced by developers on a day-to-day basis. I aspire to help inform the cognitive design of the next generation of programming languages and tools with an emphasis on direct user-centric evaluation.
(1/2020) Extremely honored to receive the 2020 Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship for my research in applying techniques from neurocognitive science to software engineering. I am incredibly thankful for the support of my family, all of my mentors, and co-authors! Special thanks to my brilliant advisor Dr. Venera Arnaoudova — your guidance, dedication, and enthusiastic encouragement made this possible!
Congratulations to the 2020 Ada Lovelace and PhD Fellowship recipients! Their work, ranging from applications in mental health & neuroscience to quantum computing & model bias, leads a new vanguard in technology’s evolution. Learn more about 2020 fellows: https://t.co/MxfABZpiew— Microsoft Research (@MSFTResearch) January 23, 2020
(11/2019) I will be joining Microsoft Research as a Research Intern on the RiSE team. Can’t wait 😊! See you in Redmond summer 2020!
(10/2019) Incredibly grateful to be a recipient of the Mahmoud M. Dillsi Family Graduate Fellowship!
(07/2019) Our paper Measuring the Impact of Lexical and Structural Inconsistencies on Developers’ Cognitive Load during Bug Localization has been accepted at the Empirical Software Engineering (EMSE) journal!
(06/2019) Completed my internship on the Data & AI Team at Microsoft. Thanks to everyone on the team for making the past 6 months incredible!
(11/2018) Attended ESEC/FSE Doctorial Symposium to present my paper/poster “Moving Towards Objective Measures of Program Comprehension”
(09/2018) Attended GHC as a student scholar: