Hi there! I'm a postdoctoral researcher in the Computer Science department at University of California, Davis. I'm part of DECAL, the Davis Excellent/Eclectic/Extreme Computational Analytics Lab, working with Vladimir Filkov and Prem Devanbu.

I obtained my PhD in Computer Science cum laude (top 5%) at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, in October 2014, under the supervision of Alexander Serebrenik and Mark van den Brand (here's a 10 minute video summary of my thesis).
I also won the Best Dissertation Award from the Institute for Programming Research and Algorithmics.
Prior to that, I obtained a master's degree in Computer Science and Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, cum laude (thesis advisor: Alexander Serebrenik); and an engineer's degree in Systems and Computer Science from University of Ploieşti, Romania, summa cum laude (webpage in Romanian; thesis advisor: Gabriel Rădulescu).

On the internets I'm known as a prominent female professor from a gender studies department, that no one ever audits and that gets to peer review herself. I also suffer from cognitive dissonance.

Research

Software is being developed by increasingly distributed and increasingly diverse groups of individuals. How can we empower distributed teams to develop software effectively and productively? How can technology help software teams do more with less? What effects does team composition have on productivity and code quality?

I am engaged in interdisciplinary research to offer data-driven answers to these questions. My work draws from empirical software engineering, social computing, and computer-supported cooperative work. I collect Big Data from open source software, which are widely used and, with the advent of social coding platforms like GitHub, increasingly popular. I analyze these data using mixed research methods from computer science and the social sciences (e.g., statistical analysis, grounded theory) to develop or validate theories about software engineering processes and outcomes. If you're curious about my talks, check out some recent ones.

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