15/03/2021 – Talk: “New Interfaces For Software Engineering: Visualization And Virtual And Augmented Reality” By Leonel Merino

Leonel Merino, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Stuttgart, will give a talk about his work on new interfaces for software engineering: visualization and virtual and augmented reality.


Leonel Merino, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Stuttgart, Germany.


New Interfaces for Software Engineering: Visualization and Virtual and Augmented Reality


For long time interfaces available to software engineers have remained unchanged. To deal with the high concentration required by most software engineering tasks, engineers usually isolate themselves by using multiple large screens and headphones. Software engineers need to feel “immerse” in their systems to get “in the flow” and solve tasks. I argue that through the use of immersive environments in virtual and augmented reality, software engineers can get in the flow quickly, and boost their performance while obtaining a better user experience. In this talk, I will discuss lessons learned from evaluating software visualizations displayed in virtual, augmented, and real reality to support engineers in software comprehension and the analysis of the performance of software systems. Then, I will elaborate on efforts to transfer evaluation expertise from the mixed and augmented reality community to investigate the benefits of using immersive environments to support software engineering concerns. Finally, I will discuss preliminary results on designing and evaluating an agile visualization approach in augmented reality, and outline avenues for future research.


Dr. Leonel Merino is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Visualization Research Center (https://visus.uni-stuttgart.de) at the University of Stuttgart. He completed his B.Sc. at the University of Chile in 2006. He received his M.Sc. from the École des Mines de Nantes and Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2008. He worked as a software engineer in a telecommunications company from 2009 until 2014. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Bern in 2018 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Oscar Nierstrasz. His research interests are in the intersection of virtual and augmented reality, software engineering, data visualization, and empirical evaluations. http://leonelmerino.github.io.