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CS Colloquium: Janet E. Burge on "Combining Techniques to Extract Rationale from Unstructured Text"
Start Date: 12/6/2012Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Date: 12/6/2012End Time: 4:30 PM
Event Description:
Janet E. Burge on "Combining Techniques to Extract Rationale from Unstructured Text"

Thursday, December 6
3:30pm – 4:30pm
ECCR 265

Janet E. Burge
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering
Miami University

Abstract: Design rationale has been an active area of research for over 30 years. The reasons for interest are clear—rationale captures the decisions, solutions, and intent during design. Still, rationale capture and use have not made the transition from research to practice. A critical issue is capture—rationale capture is viewed as expensive and tedious. Still, while rationale is not explicitly captured, that does not mean that rationale is not captured at all—decisions are documented in many ways throughout the development process. In this talk I will describe our investigation into techniques to identify and extract rationale from existing documentation. We have been experimenting with different text mining algorithms, while focusing on comparing the results of using different features as the basis of classification. We achieved good results for binary classification of rationale using ensemble-learning methods but have significant room for improvement in classifying rationale as specific argumentation elements.

Bio: Janet Burge is an Associate Professor in the Miami University Computer Science and Software Engineering department. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2005) and performed her undergraduate work at Michigan Technological University (1984). Her research interests include design rationale, software engineering, AI in design, and knowledge elicitation. She is a co-author (with Jack Carroll, Ray McCall, and Ivan Mistrik) of the book “Rationale-Based Software Engineering”. Dr. Burge is a recipient of a NSF CAREER Award for her project “Rationale Capture for High-Assurance Systems”. She has been at Miami University since 2005. Prior to that point, she worked for more than 20 years in industry as a software engineer and research scientist.

Hosted by Jim Martin.
Location Information:
Main Campus - Engineering Classroom Wing  (View Map)
1111 Engineering DR
Boulder, CO
Room: 265
Contact Information:
Name: Evan Chang
Phone: 303-492-8894
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