Sarah Fakhoury


PhD candidate at Washington State University using medical imaging to explore the cognitive impact of programming languages and tools
My research is supported by the NSF (I and II) and a Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship.

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I am currently a third-year doctoral candidate at Washington State University, School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. I perform research in the Software Engineering 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 and the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship.

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