Along with students doing course-sized consulting projects, I have a metric passle of graduate students who are starting to converge on thesis topics:
- Aran Donohue may look at the cognitive processes involved in reading code (we're still negotiating).
- Alecia Fowler wants to make map data accessible.
- Alicia Grubb is going to figure out what reproducible research is really all about.
- Zachary Kincaid will probably do something related to safety proofs for concurrent programs with Prof. Azadeh Farzan.
- Jason Montojo plans to study how people learn their way around new code.
- Jon Pipitone (who is actually one of Prof. Steve Easterbrook's students, but we talk a lot) wants to make climate change modeling data more accessible---ideally, web accessible to Grade 10 science students.
- Rory Tulk would like to do something related to continuous integration: despite its popularity in industry, there's been very little academic study of it.
Meanwhile, the three students in my first cohort are supposed to be submitting their theses before the end of the month, but they’re all now several weeks behind schedule. Being a prof turns out to be a whole lot like being any other kind of manager…