A world-class research program that aims to integrate unique aspects of people’s needs and capabilities into software engineering practices was launched today at Monash University.
HumaniSE (Human Centered Software Engineering) The lab, which is part of the Faculty of Information Technology (IT), was established to focus on the engineering of future intelligent, human-centered software systems.
Four key interconnected themes of the Lab:
- Design future software systems – new human-centered software engineering paradigms for future AI-based systems
- The artificial intelligence of the future – better harness the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning for the benefit of humans
- Trust and security for future software – deal with critical issues such as fairness, confidentiality, security, auditability, transparency, verifiability and socio-legal aspects of trust such as ethics and regulation
- Future software for humans – advance multidisciplinary research in human-directed design to ensure that future AI-based software systems understand and meet diverse human needs.
The Lab has already conducted research projects to create software for:
- Better support end users with physical and mental disabilities
- Make software engineering job ads more gender-inclusive
- Troubleshoot privacy issues in mobile apps
- Create user-friendly options to observe and assess team member emotions in Agile work environments.
Professor John Grundy, Australian laureate and director of the HumaniSE lab, said the purpose of software is to solve human problems, but current software development techniques fail to take into account the diverse diversities of end users.
“HumaniSE Lab will focus on including people’s unique qualities such as their age, culture, gender, cognitive abilities, emotions and personality, in the creation of new software solutions,” Professor Grundy said.
“Our work will create a world’s first evidence base of human-centered modeling, tools, and processes for future software engineers while improving their productivity and reducing costs.”
The lab will collaborate with international teams around the world ranging from Canada, Singapore, Vienna and the United States. In Australia, the team will work with local and federal government agencies, community organizations and industry collaborators from the healthcare, finance and software sectors.
The Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science, Professor Ann Nicholson, warmly welcomed the new research lab to the faculty.
“We are proud that in addition to the thought leadership of researchers like Prof. Grundy, the HumaniSE lab also includes researchers from a variety of backgrounds as well as a majority of female researchers in a male-dominated sector,” said Prof. Nicholson.
“Research resulting from HumaniSE Lab projects is sure to create real impact for the software engineering industry that will be felt throughout the global community.”
The HumaniSE Lab is supported by the Australian Research Council’s Laureate Fellowship, Discovery Project and Industry Transformation Funding Schemes in partnership with Monash University.
Professor John Grundy is available for interviews.
To learn more about HumaniSE Lab, please visit: https://www.monash.edu/it/humanise-lab