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Henrique Rebęlo
Centro de Informática
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Ph.D. in Computer Science, CIn-UFPE, Brazil (2014)
    In cooperation with University of Central Florida, USA

MSR Intern, Microsoft Research, USA (2010)

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Office: A007


My research is directly related to improve the productivity of programmers, allowing them to write better programs that, as much as possible, look like their design/constraints. I believe that programs that clearly express the interfaces they implement are more fun to develop and maintain. Also, questions such as what a part of the program does? (without looking at its implementation) and what other parts of the program depend on that behavior become easier to answer.

In pursuit of this goal, my group develops tools and design mechanisms to aid with the productivity of large software systems and performs empirical studies to better understand how programmers's productivity is achieved and how it can be improved.

I have worked extensively in the area of modularity in design/constraints and lately improving the areas of design by contract (DbC) and aspect-oriented programming (AOP). In this context, I'm leading the development of the aspect-oriented extension to the JML design by contract language, called AspectJML. Hence, some of my current research in the Software Productivity Group is AOP/AspectJML related.

I also had the good fortune to work as a research intern (supervised by Shuvendu Lahiri) at the Microsoft Research, Redmond in the Research in Software Engineering (RiSE) group that developed SymDiff, a language-agnostic tool for equivalence checking to reason about imperative program changes. In a nutshell, Symdiff can be summarized as Windiff for behaviors. It builds up on recent advances on program equivalence checking using automated SMT solvers. However, it extends beyond program equivalence and deals with questions such as: (1) can one infer the conditions under which two programs are equivalent? (2) how do the changes affect the public API? Some of my current research is program equivalence checking related.

IJAS - Editorial Board, International Journal On Advances in Software
Modularity'15 - Publicity Chair and PC Member, 14th ACM International Conference on Modularity
Modularity'15 - Position Papers PC Member, 14th ACM International Conference on Modularity
FOAL'15 - Organizer and PC Member, 14th Workshop on Foundations of Aspect-Oriented Languages
SEKE'15 - PC Member, 27th International Conference on Software Engineering and
Knowledge Engineering

ICSOFT-PT'15 - PC Member, 10th International Conference on Software Paradigm Trends
WMod'14 - Co-Chair and Organizer, 11th Workshop on Software Modularity
SEKE'14 - PC Member, 26th International Conference on Software Engineering and
Knowledge Engineering

VALID'14 - PC Member, 6th IARIA Intl. Conference on Advances in System Testing and
Validation Lifecycle

SEKE'13 - PC Member, 25th International Conference on Software Engineering and
Knowledge Engineering

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