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Dr Xiaofan Chen PhD, MSc

Lecturer in Computer Science/Information Technology

School of Fundamental Sciences

My research interests cover many areas associated with the design and development of software systems to help engineers to develop higher quality systems and better undertake improved management. In particular, I am interested in software traceability, retrieving relationships among artifacts generated during the software development life cycle. Another area is data analysis, leveraging human behavior theories and empirical studies, to design and build better software tools and approaches. 

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 86027
    Location: B3.29, Science Building Tower B
    Campus: Manawatu

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Auckland (2013)
  • Master of Science with First Class Honours - University of Auckland (2008)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

I have a wide range of interests centered on software traceability, retrieving relationships among artifacts generated during the software development life cycle to provide crucial support in comprehension, efficient development, and effective management of a software system. Another focus is data mining, data relevance and the design and development of software systems, leveraging human behavior theories (e.g., Information Foraging theory, Transactive Memory Systems) and empirical studies, to design and build better software tools and approaches that help developers, teams and managers become more efficient, improve the accuracy and efficiency during the software development process. 

Other interest areas: Expert and decision support systems, Data visualization tools and methodologies, Human-computer interaction, Cloud-based simulation and data management services.

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Computer Software (080300): Computer-Human Interaction (080602): Decision Support and Group Support Systems (080605): Information And Computing Sciences (080000): Information Systems (080600): Software Engineering (080309)

Keywords

Software traceability, data analysis, data relevance, expert systems, decision support systems

Research Outputs

Journal

Chen, X., Hosking, J., Grundy, J., & Amor, R. (2018). DCTracVis: a system retrieving and visualizing traceability links between source code and documentation. Automated Software Engineering. 25(4), 703-741
[Journal article]Authored by: Chen, X.

Supervision and Teaching

Teaching

I am currently teaching the following papers:

159.171 Computational Thinking and Software Development

159.251 Software Engineering Design and Construction

Courses Coordinated

  • 159.251 Software Engineering Design and Construction

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