Carnegie Mellon University

“Software, Systems, and Society”

ISR is one of the seven academic departments of the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science (SCS). ISR hosts the SCS PhD programs in Software Engineering (SE) and Societal Computing (SC), along with several professional masters programs. We also host the undergraduate minor in software engineering as well as the undergraduate concentrations in security & privacy and software engineering.

Our research and educational programs focus on software engineering, privacy and security engineering, and societal computing.

ISR is home to approximately thirty faculty members, forty technical and administrative staff, forty PhD students (in the SE and SC programs), and more than one hundred MS students.

ISR faculty and students engage in research at the intersection of software, systems, and society. Here are some of the areas of expertise we are known for:

  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning: (Fang, Goel, Heidari, Hellendoorn, Kolter, Wu)
  • Big data (Agarwal, Carley, Christin, Fang, Goel, Hellendoorn, Miller, Sadeh, Vasilescu, Wu)
  • Cyber-physical systems (Agarwal, Carley, Garlan, Goel, Kang, Kolter, Sadeh, Schmerl)
  • Education/Pedagogy (Bass, Frollini, Hilton, Garrod, Miranda, Pavetti, Telang)
  • Program analysis (Aldrich, Kästner, LeGoues, Miller, Padhye, Scherlis)
  • Security engineering (Aldrich, Garlan, Christin, Cranor, Bauer, Fredrikson, Kang, Sadeh)
  • Social media (Carley, Cranor, Klug, Sadeh)
  • Social network analysis (Carley, Herbsleb, Vasilescu)
  • Socio-technical systems (Breaux, Carley, Herbsleb, Miller, Sadeh, Shaw, Vasilescu)
  • Software architecture (Aldrich, Garlan, Kang, Miller, Shaw, Schmerl)
  • Software assurance and quality (Aldrich, Garlan, Kang, Kästner, LeGoues, Miller, Miranda, Padhye, Sadeh, Scherlis, Shaw, Siewiorek)
  • Software system design: (Aldrich, Breaux, Herbsleb, Garlan, Kang, Miller, Shaw, Sunshine)
  • Usable Privacy and Security (Bauer, Christin, Cranor, Sadeh)

There are important features of our educational programs that we are known for:

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