Wed 7 Nov 2018 13:42 - 13:55 at Horizons 6-9F - NIER II Chair(s): Gail Kaiser

A goal of software engineering research is advancing software quality and the success of the software engineering process. However, while recent studies have demonstrated a new kind of defect in software related to its ability to operate in fair and unbiased manner, software engineering has not yet wholeheartedly tackled these new kinds of defects, thus leaving software vulnerable. This paper outlines a vision for how software engineering research can help reduce fairness defects and represents a call to action by the software engineering research community to reify that vision. Modern software is riddled with examples of biased behavior, from automated translation injecting gender stereotypes, to vision systems failing to see faces of certain races, to the US criminal justice sytem relying on biased computational assessments of crime recidivism. While systems may learn bias from biased data, bias can also emerge from ambiguous or incomplete requirement specification, poor design, implementation bugs, and unintended component interactions. We argue that software fairness is analogous to software quality, and that numerous software engineering challenges in the areas of requirements, specification, design, testing, and verification need to be tackled to solve this problem.

Wed 7 Nov
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13:30 - 15:00: New Ideas and Emerging Results - NIER II at Horizons 6-9F
Chair(s): Gail KaiserColumbia University, New York
fse-2018-NIER13:30 - 13:42
Chu-Pan WongCarnegie Mellon University, Jens MeinickeMagdeburg University, Christian KästnerCarnegie Mellon University
fse-2018-NIER13:42 - 13:55
Yuriy BrunUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst, Alexandra MeliouUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst
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fse-2018-NIER13:55 - 14:08
Elena ShermanBoise State University, Robert DyerBowling Green State University
fse-2018-NIER14:08 - 14:21
Mikhail R. GadelhaUniversity of Southampton, Felipe R. MonteiroFederal University of Amazonas, Lucas C. CordeiroUniversity of Manchester, UK, Denis A. NicoleUniversity of Southampton
fse-2018-NIER14:21 - 14:34
Yuan HuangSchool of Data and Computer Science, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, Nan JiaSchool of Management Science and Engineering, Hebei GEO University, Shijiazhuang, China, Xiangping Chen, Kai HongSchool of Data and Computer Science, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, Zibin Zheng
fse-2018-NIER14:34 - 14:47
Jinglei RenPersper Foundation, Hezheng YinUniversity of California, Berkeley, Qingda HuTsinghua University, Armando FoxUC Berkeley, Wojciech KoszekThe FreeBSD Project
fse-2018-NIER14:47 - 15:00
Davoud MougoueiMonash University, Harsha PereraMonash University, Waqar HussainMonash University, Rifat ShamsMonash University, Jon WhittleMonash University