Our workshop explores the usefulness of applying psychological research into human errors as a way to understand why things go awry in software engineering and to suggest ways to improve software quality. Psychological investigations of human error have proven beneficial in fields as diverse as medicine and aviation, and straightforward changes in practice have resulted in significant error reductions. Considering the human-centric nature of software development, we believe a similar cross-fertilization between the two fields could benefit software engineering.
Join us as we explore how human error research can help to better understand the psychological processes employed by software engineers and how they fail during software development. What problems in reasoning, planning, and problem solving lie behind the faults and vulnerabilities of contemporary software? How can our error tracking be improved to better reveal such problems? What are the best ways to alter current software engineering practice to reduce errors without overburdening software engineers who may be working under difficult deadlines? These are the issues we seek to illuminate in our workshop.
This workshop will feature a special emphasis on requirements development, but we welcome contributions of human error that affects other phases of software development as well.
Please consider submitting a 2-4 page position paper on the use of human error research in Psychology or Software Engineering or other fields. In particular, we are interested in themes and nature of human errors in different domains (e.g., medicine, aviation, software development). See the Call for Papers for more information.
Important Dates -
Paper submission Deadline - March 1
Author Notification - March 15
Join us in lovely Florence, Italy on Saturday, May 23 for our workshop held in conjunction with ICSE 2015.