Hongyu Zhang
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I am currently an Associate Professor at The University of Newcastle, Australia. Before that, I was a Lead Researcher at Microsoft Research (2014-2016), an associate professor at Tsinghua University, China (2006-2014), a lecturer at RMIT University, Australia (2003-2006);  and a software engineer at IBM Singapore (1999-2000). I received my PhD degree in Computer Science from School of Computing, National University of Singapore in 2003.
My research is in the area of software engineering, in particular, software analytics, software testing and debugging, software maintenance, and software reuse. The main theme of my research is to improve software quality and productivity by mining and analyzing software data.  I am always open for collaborations!
Research Area:

My research area is software engineering, in particular:

  • software analytics, mining software repository 
  • software quality assurance, testing, debugging
  • software reuse (generative programming and software product lines)
  • software maintenance
  • software measurement and empirical software engineering
The main theme of my research is to improve software quality and productivity by utilizing knowledge mined from software repositories. Over the years, a software organization could accumulate a large amount of data including source code, bug reports, execution logs, changes, metrics, documents, and so on. Data mining, machine learning, and information retrieval techniques can be applied to extract knowledge from the software data and solve software engineering problems. Together with my students and collaborators, I have published more than 100 research papers in reputable international journals and conferences.
Software analytics is to enable software practitioners to perform data exploration and analysis in order to obtain insightful and actionable knowledge for real tasks around software and services. I work on software analytics for source code, bug reports, production logs, and crash reports:

I also work on: Bug Analysis and Prediction (statistical analysis of bugs and prediction of bug-prone modules), Debugging and Testing (detecting and locating bugs), Software Metrics (quantitative measurement of software product and process), and Software Reuse (reusing previously-written software).

Research Grants:
  • NSF China, Project “Software Crash Analysis”, Grant No. 61272089          (PI)
  • NSF China, Project “Software Defect Prediction Models and Applications”, Grant No. 61073006, 2011 – 2013. (PI)
  • NSF China, Project "Software Customization Techniques", Grant No. 60703060, 2008-2011. (PI)
  • NSF China, Project "Software Defect and Failure Prediction Techniques", Grant No. 90718022, 2008-2011. (PI)
  • National High-tech 863 Project No. 2007AA01Z122, 2008-2010. (Co-PI)
  • National High-tech 863 Project No. 2007AA01Z480, 2008-2010. (Co-PI)
  • The 3rd Tsinghua University Zi-Zhu Research Program, "Software Quality Measurement and Prediction", Project ID: 2010THZ0, 2011-2013. (PI)
  • The 6th Key Researcher Support Program, Tsinghua University, 2007-2009. (PI)
Tool Development:
Referred conference and journal papers:
Scholarly book chapters:
  • Qingwei Lin, Jian-Guang Lou, Hongyu Zhang, Dongmei Zhang, “How to Tame Your Online Services”, Chapter 12 of the book Perspectives on Data Science for Software Engineering (editors: T. Menzies, L. Williams, T. Zimmermann), Morgan-Kaufmann, 2016, ISBN 978-0128042069.
  • Zhitao Hou, Hongyu Zhang, Haidong Zhang, Dongmei Zhang, “Visual Analytics for Software Engineering Data”, Chapter 15 of the book Perspectives on Data Science for Software Engineering (editors: T. Menzies, L. Williams, T. Zimmermann ), Morgan Kaufmann, 2016, ISBN 978-0128042069.
  • Hai Wang, Yuan Fang Li, Jing Sun, Hongyu Zhang, Jeff Z. Pan, “Towards a Consistent Feature Model using OWL”, a chapter of the book Semantic Web Enabled Software Engineering (editors. J. Pan, Y. Zhao), IOS Press, 2014.ISBN 978-1-61499-369-8.
  • Weishan Zhang, Stan Jarzabek, Hongyu Zhang, Neil Loughran, Awais Rashid, “Software evolution with XVCL”, Chapter VI of the book Software Evolution with UML and XML (editor H. Yang), Idea Group Publishing, 2005. ISBN 9781591404620.
Research Program Committee:

Program Organizations:

  • Program co-chair, Early Research Achievements (ERA) track, ICSME’16.
  • Program co-chair, The 12th International Conference on Predictive Models and Data Analytics in Software Engineering (PROMISE’16).
  • The International Conference on Predictive Models in Software Engineering (PROMISE), 2014-Now.     (Steering Committee Member)
  • The Second International Workshop on Software Mining (SoftMine-2013, co-located with ASE'13),  Silicon Valley, CA, November 2013.  (co-organizers)
  • The 8th International Workshop on Advanced Modularization Techniques (AOAsia/Pacific 2013), a workshop at AOSD 2013, March 2013.
  • The First International Workshop on Software Mining (SoftMine-2012, co-located with KDD'12),  Beijing, China, May 2012.  (co-organizers)
  • The 12th International Conference on Quality Software (QSIC 2012), August 2012, Xi'an, China. (industry track co-chairs)
  • The 26th European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming (ECOOP 2012), June 2012, Beijing, China. (local organisation co-chairs)
  • ICSE 2014 Workshop on Emerging Trends in Software Metrics (WETSoM @ ICSE 2014), India, June 2014. (co-organizers)
  • ICSE 2012 Workshop on Emerging Trends in Software Metrics (WETSoM @ ICSE 2012), Zurich, Switzerland, June 2012. (co-organizers)
  • ICSE 2011 Workshop on Emerging Trends in Software Metrics (WETSoM @ ICSE 2011), May, 2011, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. (co-organizers)
  • ICSE 2010 Workshop on Emerging Trends in Software Metrics (WETSoM @ ICSE 2010), May 4, 2010, Cape Town, South Africa. (co-organizers)
  • The 1st International Symposium on Emerging Trends in Software Metrics (ETSM 2009), 26 May, 2009, Pula, Sardinia, Italy. (co-organizers)
  • 15th Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference (APSEC 2008), Beijing, China, Dec 2008 (publicity chair). 

I am a frequent reviewer for the following international journals: IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, IEEE Software, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Journal of Systems and Software, Empirical Software Engineering, Automated Software Engineering, Science of Computer Programming, Software Quality Journal, Software Practice & Experience,  Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution. I am on the Reviewer Board of Journal of Empirical Software Engineering.
I also review proposals for Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Recent Invited Talks/Seminars:
  • Keynote: Improving Software Quality through Data Analytics, The 7th International Workshop on Emerging Trends in Software Metrics, May 15, 2016, Austin, Texas, USA (co-located with ICSE 2016)
  • Keynote: Software Analytics: Data-Driven Software EngineeringThe Fourth International Workshop on Software Mining, Nov 2015, 2016, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA (co-located with ASE 2015)
  • Invited:  Code Search: Research and Practice, The 3rd Chinese forum of Software Engineering Research and Practice (SERP 2016), July 20, 2016, Beijing, China
  • Invited: Towards a Theory of Software Engineering, The 5th International Workshop on Theory-Oriented Software Engineering, May 15, 2016, Austin, Texas, USA (co-located with ICSE 2016)
  • Invited: Effective Bug Management via Software Analytics, 4th International Symposium on High Confidence Software (ISHCS 2015), Jan 2015, Beijing, China.
  • Invited: Monte Verita Symposium on Developer Support, Switzerland, March 2012.
  • Invited: MSR (Mining Software Repository) Vision 2020, Canada, August 2012.
  • Invited: Symposium on Advanced Software Engineering Techniques, Shanghai Jiaotong University, 2012.
  • Invited: Symposium on Software Quality and Analysis, Nanjing University, 2012.
  • Seminar: at University of Texas at Dallas, Feb 2017.
  • Seminar: at University of Science and Technology Beijing, April 2016. 
  • Seminar: at Chinese Academy of Science, April 2016.
  • Seminar: at Tsinghua University, May 2014.

Visiting Positions:

I was a visiting professor/scholar at the following organizations:

  • University of Cagliari, Italy (1/2011 – 3/2011)
  • Microsoft Research Asia (7/2012 – 8/2012)
  • Swinburne University of Technology, Australia (8/2012 – 9/2012)
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (10/2012 – 3/2013)
  • University of Toronto/University of Waterloo (5/2001 - 9/2001)  


I taught the following courses to postgraduate and undergraduate students: 

At Microsoft Research Asia:

At the School of Software, Tsinghua University:

  • Software Measurement and Process Improvement (first semester)
  • Software Quality Engineering (second semester. This course was evaluated top 15% among all postgraduate courses offered in Tsinghua University in 2011)

At the School of Computer Science and Information Technology, RMIT University:

  • ISYS1081/2368 "Software Reuse"  
  • COSC1073 "Programming Principles 1A" (a first-year Java programming course)
  • COSC1095/1295 "Programming Principles 2J"/"Java For Programmers"   
  • COSC1252/1264 “Object-Oriented Programming”   


I am grateful that I have the privilege to advise the following brilliant students/interns:

Liya Chakma, Rongxin Wu (now at HKUST), Jian Zhou (now at Baidu), Liang Gong (now at UC Berkeley), Jianxun Yang, Shuijin Lu, Jue Wang (now at Postal Bank), Shuai Chen (now at Facebook), Wei Li (now at Google), Jiangtao Gong (now at Tsinghua), Ke Ma, Bei Shi (now at CUHK), Lu Zhang (now at Virginia Tech), Zeqi Shen, Yu Cao...

Fei Lv (now at Alibaba), Galina Meyer (now at Stanford), Qing Ren (now at UCLA), Pinjia He, Sheng Tian, Wenhao Song, Senlan Yao (now at Google), Bonan Dong (now at Cornell), Xutong Chen, Wangsheng Hu, Hong Wu, Jinbo Pan, Xiaodong Gu, Wenxiang Hu, Chengxun Shu, Xingzhao Yue, Chen Xia... 

Note: If I missed any of you accidently, please do email me (and forgive me). Please also let me know your latest status. 

My Erdös number is 4: Hongyu Zhang - Stanislaw Jarzabek - Tomasz Krawczyk - William T. Trotter, Jr. - Paul Erdös 

I am a member of IEEE and ACM.

(Last updated: December 2016)
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