Travis D. Breaux
Assistant 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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Funded Research Projects
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.
Improving the (Re-)Usability of Requirements Knowledge
Summary: Our prior research shows that software developers employ considerable domain knowledge when translating regulations, policies and standards into system requirements [Breaux & Baumer, 2011]. Furthermore, security best practices are often neglected when designing large-scale retail and financial systems, leading to software failures and regulatory violations [Breaux, Anton, Boucher, Dorfman, 2008]. This project aims to adapt theory from cognitive psychology to develop an experimental framework and theory for expressing, selecting and applying requirements patterns.
For more information, please see our research website.Current Students
Dave Gordon, Ph.D. Student in Engineering and Public Policy (EPP). Mr. Gordon is an NSF IGERT Fellow in the Center for Usable Privacy and Security (CUPS). His interests include information technology regulatory compliance, socio-technical systems, and technology in education.
Hanan Hibshi, Ph.D. Student in Computers, Organization and Society (COS). Ms. Hibshi is interested in usable security and privacy.
Ashwini Rao, Ph.D. Student in Software Enginering. Ms. Rao is interested in mobile security and privacy.New Students
If you are a student currently enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University, make an appointment to drop by my office in 5103 Wean Hall. To join our research group, you must be a student at Carnegie Mellon University. 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.
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