Sarah Fakhoury


Hello! I am a third-year PhD candidate at Washington State University.
I study developers' brains while they read source code. My research is supported by the NSF.

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My name is Sarah and I am currently a third year Ph.D. student at Washington State University, School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. I perform research in the Software Engineering Lab, in conjunction with the NeuroCognitive Science Lab under the supervision of Dr. Venera Arnaoudova. In 2016 I recieved my B.S. in computer science from the American University of Beirut.

Research interests

My research is focused on improving the way developers write, comprehend, and review source code. I am currently exploring the use of eyetracking and brain imaging technology as measures of program comprehension. I am specifically interested in how various aspects of the source code lexicon and programming language design affect developers’ cognitive load during daily tasks, like bug localization and code reviews.

My research is supported by the NSF.

Expected graduation : December 2022

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