Institute for Software Research - Carnegie Mellon University

Institute for Software Research

The Institute for Software Research (ISR) in the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science (SCS) is the focal point for research and education in Software Engineering (SE) and Computation, Organizations and Society (COS).  ISR hosts Ph.D. programs in both of these areas, and about five separate professional MS programs including the Masters in Software Engineering (MSE) program now preparing to enter its 25th year. ISR is home to approximately thirty faculty members, seventy visitors and staff, forty Ph.D. students, and more than one hundred MS students.  ISR is also a focal point in SCS for industry and international collaboration, with substantial joint programs in Korea, India, Australia, and Portugal.

Research areas in Software Engineering include software architecture specification and analysis, team coordination and distributed development, software analysis and assurance, embedded and real-time, and aspects of cybersecurity. Research areas in Computation, Organizations and Society include social network analysis, privacy technology and policy, IT-enabled sourcing and supply chain operations, mobility and location, and aspects of cybersecurity.

June 5, 2014
ISR Professor Lorrie Cranor's bad password dress worn at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference was featured on CNET.

April 10, 2014
ISR faculty members Jim Herbsleb and Kathleen Carley and COS alumni Marcelo Cataldo and Patrick Wagstrom received the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence for their research on Socio-Technical Congruence.

February 26, 2014
The World Economic Forum has released its 2014 list of the Top 10 Emerging Technologies, which cites Livehoods, a project led by Norman Sadeh and Jason Hong. Livehoods uses Foursquare check-ins and other geotagged data gathered by smartphones to create maps of urban areas.