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Ambar Murillo

Ambar Murillo

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    Preview abstract Software developers write code nearly everyday, ranging from simple straightforward tasks to challenging and creative tasks. As we have seen across domains, AI/ML based assistants are on the rise in the field of computer science. We refer to them as code generation tools or AI/ML enhanced software developing tooling; and it is changing the way developers write code. As we think about how to design and measure the impact of intelligent writing assistants, the approaches used in software engineering and the considerations unique to writing code can provide a different and complementary perspective for the workshop. In this paper, we propose a focus on two themes: (1) measuring the impact of writing assistants and (2) how code writing assistants are changing the way engineers write code. In our discussion of these topics, we outline approaches used in software engineering, considerations unique to writing code, and how the disciplines of prose writing and code writing can learn from each other. We aim to contribute to the development of a taxonomy of writing assistants that includes possible methods of measurement and considers factors unique to the domain (e.g. prose or code). View details
    Preview abstract ML enhanced software development tooling is changing the way software engineers develop code. While the development of these tools continues to rise, studies have primarily focused on the accuracy and performance of underlying models, rather than the user experience. Understanding how engineers interact with ML enhanced tooling can help us define what successful interactions with ML based assistance look like. We therefore build upon prior research, by comparing software engineers' perceptions of two types of ML enhanced tools, (1) code completion and (2) code example suggestions. We then use our findings to inform design guidance for ML enhanced software development tooling. This research is intended to spark a growing conversation about the future of ML in software development and guide the design of developer tooling. View details
    "If I press delete, it's gone" - User Understanding of Online Data Deletion and Expiration
    Andreas Kramm
    Sebastian Schnorf
    Proceedings of the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security 2018
    Preview abstract In this paper, we present the results of an interview study with 22 participants and two focus groups with 7 data deletion experts. The studies explored understanding of online data deletion and retention, as well as expiration of user data. We used different scenarios to shed light on what parts of the deletion process users understand and what they struggle with. As one of our results, we identified two major views on how online data deletion works: UI-Based and Backend-Aware (further divided into levels of detail). Their main difference is on whether users think beyond the user interface or not. The results indicate that communicating deletion based on components such as servers or "the cloud" has potential. Furthermore, generic expiration periods do not seem to work while controllable expiration periods are preferred. View details
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