Nan Niu
Assoc Professor
CEAS - Computing Sciences & Informatics 0030
Rhodes Hall 832
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My current research interests focus on the information seeking strategies that developers use in software engineering. I take an ecological-evolutionary, foraging-theoretic approach to understanding and improving developers' search for relevant information in their daily activities, such as debugging, refactoring, and reuse. My research group investigates how the task environment and the information environment re-shape developers' behaviors, or more accurately, how the developers' behaviors and their environments co-evolve, each shaping the other in important ways. My CAREER project (see links software developers' rational behaviors together with their social information foraging, learning, and co-creation.

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