Marc Roper


Personal Statement

I have an extensive background in software engineering research, particularly in understanding and addressing the significant problems associated with designing, testing, and evolving large software systems. Much of his research has incorporated significant empirical investigations: either based around controlled participant-based experiments or through the the analysis of open-source systems and large-scale repositories. I have explored widely the application of search-based strategies and machine learning techniques (anomaly detection in particular) to software engineering problems such as test data generation and automatic fault detection, and also investigated the application of artificial immune systems to security problem. 

More recently my research interests have expanded to explore how valuable information can be collected through passively collecting, crowdsourcing and analysing smartphone sensor data.

Teaching Interests

Over my career I have taught a lare range of classes, from 1st year undergraduate to postgraduate, mainly on areas related to programming, software engineering and software design.

My main current teaching responsibilities are:

I am also responsible for overseeing the MEng final year group project:

and look after the industrial placements for those on the BSc (Hons.) Software Engineering and MEng Computer Science degrees:

  • CS415 Industrial Placement (Software Engineering) [syllabus]
  • CS416 Industrial Placement 1 (MEng Computer Science) [syllabus]
  • CS552 Industrial Placement 2 (MEng Computer Science) [syllabus]

Additionally I am the primary contact for any research or undergraduate students wishing to carry out studies which require ethical approval.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Software Engineering (particularly design, testing and debugging)
  • Conducting empirical studies of software engineering techniques and processes
  • Search-based software engineering
  • Software analytics (static analysis, dynamic analysis and repository mining)

Research Interests

  • Software engineering
  • Mobile computing
  1. ESEM 2011: 5th International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganiser of major conference

  2. Testing: Academic and Industrial Conference - Practice And Research Techniques (TAICPART)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganiser of special symposia

  3. Information and Software Technology (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workJournal or guest editorship

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Marc Roper

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