I'm a PhD student advised by Anita Sarma in the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science department at Oregon State University (see my profile there), where I also obtained my BS in Computer Science in June 2015. As an undergraduate, I interned at Intel Corporation and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and conducted my senior project with Garmin AT. I previously worked in the IT and DevOps industries (see my CV here). I'm currently a Research Intern at Microsoft in the PROSE Research and Engineering team for summer 2019, working with Titus Barik and Austin Henley.

My research interests are at the intersections of software engineering, human-computer interactions, and developers tools. I am currently exploring the effects of human problem-solving processes on the use of integrated development environments (IDEs). I also conduct research into software development processes such as merge conflicts, continuous integration, and test-driven development (TDD).

Publications

2019
May
  Latent Patterns in Activities: A Field Study of How Developers Manage Context
Souti Chattopadhyay, Nicholas Nelson, Yenifer Ramirez Gonzalez, Annel Amelia Leon, Rahul Pandita, Anita Sarma.    
ICSE'19, Montreal, Canada, May 25, 2019 (AR: 20.6%).     [Conference] [Pre-print (Feb'19)] [Artifacts]

February
  The Life-Cycle of Merge Conflicts: Processes, Barriers, and Strategies
Nicholas Nelson, Caius Brindescu, Shane McKee, Anita Sarma, Danny Dig.    
EMSE, Empirical Software Engineering Journal (Springer), February 2019.     [Journal] [Pre-print (Feb'19)] [Artifacts]
2018
May
  Context in Programming: An Investigation of How Programmers Create Context
Souti Chattopadhyay, Nicholas Nelson, Thien Nam, McKenzie Calvert, Anita Sarma.    
CHASE'18: Short Paper, Gothenburg, Sweden, May 27, 2018.     [Conference] [Pre-print (Apr'18)]
2017
September
   Software Practitioner Perspectives on Merge Conflicts and Resolutions
Shane McKee, Nicholas Nelson, Anita Sarma, Danny Dig.    
ICSME'17, Shanghai, China, Sept. 17-22, 2017 (AR: 27.8%).     [Conference] [Pre-print (Aug'17)] [Slides] [Artifacts] [IEEE Software Blog] [Distinguished Paper Award]
   Trade-Offs in Continuous Integration: Assurance, Security, and Flexibility
Michael Hilton, Nicholas Nelson, Timothy Tunnell, Darko Marinov, Danny Dig.    
ESEC/FSE'17, Paderborn, Germany, Sept. 4-8, 2017 (AR: 24.4%).     [Conference] [Pre-print (Aug'17)] [Artifacts] [Distinguished Paper Award]

July
  Towards an IDE to Support Programming as Problem-Solving
Nicholas Nelson, Anita Sarma, AndrĂ© van der Hoek.    
PPIG'17, Delft, Netherlands, Jul 1-3, 2017.     [Conference] [Session] [Slides] [Project Code]
  Problem-Solving Applications in Developer Environments
Nicholas Nelson.    
PPIG'17: Doctoral Consortium, Delft, Netherlands, Jul 1-3, 2017.     [Conference] [Session]
2016
May
  TDDViz: Using Software Changes to Understand Conformance to Test Driven Development
Michael Hilton, Nicholas Nelson, Hugh McDonald, Sean McDonald, Ron Metoyer, Danny Dig.    
XP'16, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, May 24-27, 2016.     [Conference] [Pre-print (Mar'16)] [Project Code]

Service

  • Sub-Reviewer: VL/HCC 2019, ESEC/FSE 2019, ASE 2019, ASE 2018, ASE 2017, UIST 2017, MSR 2017, ASE 2015
  • Student Volunteer: ICSE 2019
  • Teaching Assistant: CS361 - Software Engineering I (Fall 2017, Winter 2017, Winter 2016)
  • Mentor: