Amjed Tahir


  • Our paper "Laughter in the Wild: A Study into DoS Vulnerabilities in YAML Libraries" has been accepted at TrustCom'19 main Technical Program. Preprint
    • Our paper "Dependency Versioning in the Wild" has been accepted at MSR 2019! with Jens Dietrich (VUW), David Pearce (VUW), Jacob Stringer (Massey) and Kelly Blincoe (Auckland). Preprint!
    • Our paper "Please help! A preliminary study on the effect of legitimisation of paltry donation and social proof in donations to OSS" has been accepted at SANER'19 ERA track. Preprint
    • Our poster "Influence of social proof on donation to OSS: a preliminary study" has been accepted at IWSEP workshop! with Masateru Tsunoda and Ugo Yukizawa (Kindai University, Japan).
    • Our paper "On the Soundness of Call Graph Construction in the Presence of Dynamic Language Features - A Benchmark and Tool Evaluation" has been accepted at APLAS'18. Preprint available here
    • Our paper "Revisiting the size effect in software fault prediction models" has been accepted at ESEM'18! with Ebo Bennin, Stephen MacDonell and Stephen Marsland. Download here!
    • "Can you tell me if it smells? " won the best paper award at EASE'18 - preprint
    I am a Lecturer in the School of Fundamental Sciences at Massey University - Manawatu Campus Palmerston North. I hold a PhD degree from the Department of Information Science, University of Otago, supervised by Prof. Stephen MacDonell.  My current research focuses on understanding software systems, and  more precisely, understanding unit tests.  Before joining Otago, I spent couple of years at the Software Engineering Research Laboratory (SERL) at Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, and at the Department of Software Engineering, University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. I hold a MSc in Software Engineering from Staffordshire University. 

    My (offical) Massey page! 
    Personal page


    I undertake research in the following areas:

    • Software maintenance, reverse engineering and re-engineering
    • Software quality - measurements and metrics
    • Program comprehension using static and dynamic analysis
    • Test analysis and understanding 
    • Code smells and anti-patterns - code quality

    For prospective postgraduate students: If you are interested in postgraduate studies (Master, PhD) in software engineering and would like to join us at Massey, please send me an email with details of your proposed research idea and your previous qualifications/experience. 

    For prospective undergrad students: If you are interested in software engineering and would like to join us at Massey, please read Jens Dietrich guidelines on why and how to study software engineering here.


    I review articles for major Software Engineering journals, including Journal of Systems and Software, Software: Practice and Experience, and Software Quality Journal.

    In the past I was part of the following events: 

    TDA'16 - Organising Committee
    APSEC'17 - Program Committee (Short papers and posters)
    SEAA'18 - Program Committee 
    EASE'18 - Publicity Chair
    SEAA'19 - Program Committee 


    National Science Challenge SEED project (July 2017- July 2019)  
    total amount: $200,000 
    Project title:  Closing the Gab in Static Program Analysis

    MURF grant (Jan 2018- Dec 2018)  
    total amount: $10,000 
    Project title:  Towards better and more reliable software bugs prediction


    You can view my publications on Google Scholar (click on the image below!): 

    A list of publications is available here (last update - June 2017). 


    Contact details:
    School of Fundamental Sciences
    Massey University
    Palmerston North, New Zealand
    Office location: 3.85 AgHort A building 
    Phone:  0064-6-350 5701 extn. 86358
    Email : a.tahir@massey.ac.nz  

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