Chris Brown
Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech

I will be joining the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech in Fall 2021. Previously, I was a PhD student at North Carolina State University advised by Dr. Chris Parnin. My doctoral research focused on improving the behavior, decision-making, and productivity of software engineers by integrating behavioral science concepts, such as nudge theory, into bots and automated recommendation systems. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in collaborating, proposing project ideas, or discussing my research.

Recent News
  April 6, 2021: Successfully defended my dissertation "Digital Nudges for Encouraging Developer Behaviors" to complete the PhD requirements at NC State!
  March 27, 2021: Led the Introduction to GitHub Workshop DiamondHacks Hackathon at NC State
  March 8, 2021: Accepted a tenure track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech starting in Fall 2021!
  March 6, 2021: "Dark Patterns for Influencing Developer Behavior" accepted into the Dark Patterns Workshop at CHI 2021
  February 22, 2021: "Nudging Students Toward Better Software Engineering Behaviors" accepted into BotSE 2021
  January 2021: International Workshop on Bots in Software Engineering (BotSE 2021) Program Committee
  December 1, 2020: Decoding CS Grad School - Understanding the Who, What, How, Why of Continuing Your CS Studies Q&A panelist
  November 11, 2020: ESEC/FSE 2020 panelist in the Conversations on Recommendation track
  November 8-13, 2020: ACM Joint Meeting on European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE 2020)
  October 6, 2020: Virginia Tech Department of Computer Science Seminar invited talk
  October 4-6, 2020: Virginia Tech Future Faculty Diversity Program (FFDP 2020) participant
  September 30, 2020: Red Hat Research Day: Infrastructure Software virtual attendee
  September 24, 2020: NC State University Graduate School Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition [mp4]
  July 2, 2020: International Workshop on Bots in Software Engineering (BotSE 2020) at ICSE 2020
  July 1, 2020: International Workshop on Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering (CHASE 2020) at ICSE 2020
  June 4-5, 2020: North Carolina State University Academic Packways Graduate School Professional Development program
  May - July, 2020: Course instructor for Introduction to Computing - Java (CSC116) at NC State for Summer 2020
  May 19, 2020: "Understanding the Impact of GitHub Suggested Changes on Recommendations Between Developers" full paper accepted into ESEC/FSE 2020
  May 12, 2020: Open Source 101 At Home open source software virtual conference
  May 4-8, 2020: North Carolina State University Graduate School Virtual Writing Retreat
  March 2, 2020: "CSC 326 Team Project Bot" lecture presentation and class-bot tool demo for the undergraduate Software Engineering course (CSC326)
  February 28-29, 2020: NC State University Computer Science Department Doctoral Recruiting Event coordinator and volunteer
  February 27, 2020: "An Empirical Study on Regular Expression Bugs" full paper accepted into MSR 2020
  February 27, 2020: "Comparing Different Developer Behavior Recommendation Styles" full paper accepted into CHASE 2020
  February 26, 2020: "Sorry to Bother You Again: Developer Recommendation Choice Architectures for Designing Effective Bots" accepted into BotSE 2020
  December 6, 2019: Passed Oral Preliminary Qualifying Exam for NC State Computer Science PhD program (paper)
  December 2019: Selected as NC State Computer Science Doctoral Recruitment Event Co-Coordinator
  November 2, 2019: HackDuke: Code for Good volunteer at Duke University in Durham, NC
  October 13-15, 2019: All Things Open open source software conference volunteer in Raleigh, NC
  August 17, 2019: Presented "Sorry to Bother You! Effective OSS Recommendations" at DevConf.US 2019 in Boston, MA
  August 15-17, 2019: DevConf.US 2019 in Boston, MA
  June 2019: "Sorry to Bother You! Effective OSS Recommendations" talk accepted at DevConf.US 2019
  June - August 2019: Python Tutor for The Coding School codeConnects online instructional and mentorship program
  May 29-31, 2019: International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2019) in Montreal, QC, Canada
  May 28, 2019: International Workshop on Bots in Software Engineering (BotSE 2019) at ICSE 2019 in Montreal, QC, Canada
  May 28, 2019: International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2019) Doctoral Symposium in Montreal, QC, Canada
  May - August 2019: NC State University Computer Science Research Assistant with Dr. Chris Parnin and Dr. Sarah Heckman
  April 27, 2019: INTech Raleigh Mini-Camp volunteer with the NC State Minority Engineering Graduate Student Association (MEGSA)
  March 27, 2019: Received a SIGSOFT CAPS National Science Foundation Travel Award to attend ICSE 2019 in Montreal, QC, Canada
  March 21-23, 2019: CRA Underrepresented Minorities & Persons with Disabilities Grad Cohort Workshop in Waikoloa Village, HI
  March 1, 2019: "Sorry to Bother You: Designing Bots for Effective Recommendations" accepted into BotSE 2019
  February 15, 2019: North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NC-LSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate Program Graduate Student Panel
  January 25, 2019: Free Open Source Software Interest Group lightning talk
  January 19, 2019: "Digital Nudges for Encouraging Developer Actions" accepted into the ICSE 2019 doctoral symposium
  November 30, 2018: "Mining Specifications from Documentation Using a Crowd" full paper accepted into SANER 2019
  November 5-9, 2018: Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE 2018) conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL
  October 21-23, 2018: All Things Open open source software conference volunteer in Raleigh, NC
  October 10, 2018: Red Hat QECampX conference presenter in Raleigh, NC
  August 9-11, 2018: National Society of Blacks in Computing (NSBC 2018) conference in New Orleans, LA
  May - August 2018: Quality Engineering Intern at Red Hat in Raleigh, NC
  April 21-22, 2018: PackHacks 2018 hackathon at NC State University
  April 13, 2018: Duke University Computer Science Alumni Reception in Durham, NC
  February 28, 2018: Linux User's Group @ NC State lightning talk
  February 17, 2018: Open Source 101 open source software conference in Raleigh, NC
  November 29, 2017: Laboratory for Analytic Sciences Wednesday Research Meeting presenter in Raleigh, NC
  November 11, 2017: Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NC-LSAMP) undergraduate research conference volunteer in Raleigh, NC
  October 23-24, 2017: All Things Open open source software conference volunteer in Raleigh, NC
  October 11-13, 2017: Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC 2017) conference presenter and volunteer in Raleigh, NC
  October 10, 2017: Blocks and Beyond 2017 workshop volunteer in Raleigh, NC
  October 6-8, 2017: Open Jam 2017 open source game jam
  August 2017: Certified Red Hat Enterprise Linux System Administrator (RHCSA EX200)
  July 2017: Executive Producer of "Why Diversity Matters", Red Hat Diversity and Inclusion Week
  June 2017: "How Software Users Recommend Tools to Each Other" Long Paper accepted in VL/HCC 2017
  June 2017: "Flower: Navigating Program Flow in the IDE" Short Paper accepted in VL/HCC 2017
  June - August 2017: Quality Engineering Intern at Red Hat in Raleigh, NC
  June 1-3, 2017: National Society of Blacks in Computing (NSBC 2017) conference in Atlanta, GA
  May 13, 2017: Master of Science degree in Computer Science from NC State University
  April 15, 2017: Duke Men's Basketball Hackathon at Duke University
  February 4, 2017: Open Source 101 open source software conference volunteer in Raleigh, NC
  February 2, 2017: Passed Written Preliminary Qualifying Exam for NC State Computer Science PhD program (paper)
  November 19-20, 2016: HackDuke 2016: Code for Good hackathon (Refresh Games) at Duke University
  November 14-18, 2016: Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE 2016) conference in Seattle, WA
  October 28-30, 2016: HackNC 2016 hackathon (BlueMix Image Sorter) at UNC Chapel Hill
  October 26-27, 2016: All Things Open open source conference volunteer in Raleigh, NC
  July 21-22, 2016: Blackbaud "Off the Grid" hackathon (Door to More) in Charleston, SC
  May - August 2016: Software Engineering Intern at Blackbaud in Charleston, SC
  August 19, 2015: Started graduate school at North Carolina State University