Sarah Fakhoury

Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at Washington State University.

Advised by Dr. Venera Arnaoudova

My research is supported by the NSF I - II and a Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship.

Office: Sloan 326

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I am currently a PhD candidate at Washington State University advised by Dr. Venera Arnaoudova. My research uses theories and tools from Cognitive Neuroscience to model the cognitive processes of developers as they interact with source code.

My dissertation introduces a novel framework that allows the precise relation of cognitive load experienced during program comprehension to specific areas of source code, through the combined use of brain imaging and eye tracking technology. Using this framework we create more objective neural-based models of program comprehension that allow us to quantify the cognitive impact of the practices, languages, and tools that developers use on a day to day basis.

My long-term research goal is to empower developer productivity with next-gen toolsets centered around thoughtful cognitive design.

Estimated graduation: Spring 2022.

Areas of specialization: Empirical Software Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Program Comprehension, Applications of Cognitive Neuroscience.