Travis D. Breaux
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Institute for Software Research
School of Computer Science
5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
5103 Wean Hall
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We are now accepting applications for a new Ph.D. student to join our research group. There are many great programs to consider, for example:
The choice of which program to apply to depends on one's preferences with regard to your professional and intellectual interests, curriculum requirements, other student interests in the programs, etc.Current Students
Hanan Hibshi, Ph.D. Student in Societal Computing (SC). Ms. Hibshi is interested in usable security and privacy.
Jaspreet Bhatia, Ph.D. Student in Software Engineering. Ms. Bhatia is interested in applications of natural language processing and crowdsourcing to requirements engineering.
Sudarshan Wadkar, Ph.D. Student in Software Engineering. Mr. Wadkar is interested in applications of natural language processing to legal requirements engineering.Alumni
Dr. Dave Gordon received the Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy for successfully defending his dissertation, entitled Without Borders: Addressing Legal Requirements in Multi-Jurisdictional IT Environments.Funded Research Projects
Formal Analysis and Specification of Privacy and Security Requirements
Empirical Security Assessments through Expert Judgements
Summary: Our prior research shows that software developers employ considerable domain knowledge when translating regulations, policies and standards into system requirements [Breaux & Baumer, 2011]. This project aims to adapt theory from cognitive psychology and judgement and decision making to develop an experimental framework and theory for expressing, selecting and applying requirements to improve security. This includes studies of analyst situational awareness (Hibshi, Breaux, Riaz, Williams, 2016). Recently, Hibshi developed a method to collect expert security judgements (Hibshi, Breaux, Broomell, 2015), which she has formalized using Interval Type 2 Fuzzy Logic (Hibshi, Breaux, Wagner, 2016).
Multi-Jurisdictional Compliance for Distributed Software Systems
Summary: Increasingly, information systems are distributed across the physical and logical borders of nations, states and provinces. We see this trend emerging in mobile, social and cloud-based computing. The challenge for business analysts and software designers is to determine which set of requriements govern their systems as software and data move across these borders. This project aims to understand the "dynamics" of this multi-jurisdictional ecosystem to help analysts and designers develop legally compliant systems. The outcome of this research is empirically valid methods and tools that have been evaluated in real-world data.
For more information, please see our research website.
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