Scholar@UC Research Collaboration Leads to Best Paper Award

By:        Staci Jones
Date:     December 7, 2016

CEAS faculty member, Nan Niu, has been working in collaboration with UC Libraries on a new and exciting program– Scholar@UC. The endeavor has recently resulted in Niu winning the Best Research Paper Award at the 24th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference.

Nan Niu (left) receives his award.

Nan Niu (left) receives his award.

Scholar@UC is an institutional repository developed in conjunction with UC Libraries and UCIT. It is led by UC Libraries’ head of digital repositories and collections, Linda Newman, and her team of developers.

The CEAS collaboration grew out of Niu’s software engineering research interests and his desire to find collaborators on campus. While attending a library workshop on research impacts, he met with science informationist Amy Koshoffer who, in an instant, knew that she wanted to recruit Niu to become an early adopter of Scholar@UC.

“Dr. Niu’s research is a great example of how researchers can share their work and benefit from open source and open access resources,” said Koshoffer.

Through Scholar@UC, Niu’s students have been guided to access real world datasets, such as use cases written by the development team and published on GitHub.

“Having Scholar@UC project team members deliver guest lectures has enriched learning in the software engineering classes. It allows students to experiment with real-world datasets, and even helps recruit students to do co-ops and/or interns with the Scholar@UC software projects,“ said Niu.

Niu states that Scholar@UC allows for tons of research fronts to be explored, including software traceability, DevOps, and requirements engineering.

Nan Niu presenting his research at the conference.

Nan Niu presenting his research at the conference.

Scholar@UC is an on-going project which leaves many opportunities for Niu, or other interested CEAS faculty, to engage the Scholar team and “use it as a resource for teaching and research and also a permanent archive for data,” said Koshoffer.

The CEAS and Scholar@UC collaboration also led to the Best Research Paper Award at the 24th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE’16). The paper reports a theoretical replication that not only tested the original study’s hypotheses under increasingly realistic conditions, but also mitigated the original study design’s threats and embraced important evolving factors. “Awarding our paper at RE’16 shows the advancing of requirements engineering as a field toward an empirically backed body of knowledge,” said Niu.

The spirit of the work around Scholar@UC is open access to anyone interested in participating in research and engaging colleagues in all colleges. If interested in collaborating with Scholar@UC, or simply learning more information about the group, you can contact Linda Newman at 513.556.1555.