A conference about empiricism and software engineering
March 7, 2023 10:00 AM   Subscribe

A conference about empiricism and software engineering
If someone explained to you that they find bugs in their code by wiggling a dowsing rod at the screen you might have questions. But a lot of modern software development is no more evidence based than that; if you're part of a programming team "doing agile", you might have more in common with that bug-dowser guy than you realize. I'm organizing a small conference focused on presenting new evidence-based practices and novel empirical results in software engineering. It's called Never Work In Theory.

Some of last year's highlights include new techniques like Causal Fairness Testing, turning a DB test suite into a testing oracle, and two approaches for debugging neural-net ML models, both major advances over the current state of the art. And none of these are hypothetical-future-someday ideas; these are tools and practices you can start using today. That's the goal.

This is the site, and this is the signup page. It should be a lot of fun, and we've worked to make it accessible across time zones and affordable for everyone who'd like to participate. I hope to see you there.
Role: organizer
posted by mhoye (6 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

Very exciting speakers! I will share this with some of my network.
posted by Rabarberofficer at 12:43 PM on March 10, 2023

Just bought a ticket, the line-up looks really interesting, looking forward to the conference! I appreciate the pricing structure too to widen access.
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 4:35 AM on March 22, 2023

see ya soon
posted by j_curiouser at 5:37 AM on April 25, 2023

I just found out about this from an AskMe that linked to it and wish I had carved out some time to participate. A big theme at my org lately has been trying to be more empirical about our large and very complex system. Or anyway it's something I keep saying we should be doing. Will it be possible to watch these talks later?
posted by dis_integration at 8:27 AM on April 25, 2023 [1 favorite]

Another person late to the party! Doh!
posted by zenon at 9:07 AM on April 25, 2023

wow! thanks so much for posting this. my prof life has been stagnating, and this provoked a lot of curiosity. just really great presenters; so enthusiastic and generous. xtra kudos to brittany, who is a gifted facilitator. - joe
posted by j_curiouser at 1:10 PM on April 26, 2023 [1 favorite]

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