Smiling for the Camera at Wolfies 2014


Hi. I'm Denae Ford.


I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Computer Science at NC State University.




About Me

I dismantle barriers to participation in programming communities.


I am a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University where I am advised by Dr. Chris Parnin in the alt-code lab. My research identifies cognitive and social barriers to participation in online socio-technical ecosystems. My most recent work dismantles barriers to participation taking advantage of identity deployment, peer parity, and community mentorship.

My Ph.D. is funded by the National GEM Consortium Fellowship, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship. I also hold a BS and MS in Computer Science from North Carolina State University where I also minored in Cognitive Science.




Smiling for the Camera at Wolfies 2014

Selected Publications

Mahnaz Behroozi, Alison Lui, Ian Moore, Denae Ford, Chris Parnin. Dazed: Measuring the Cognitive Load of Solving Technical Interview Problems At the Whiteboard. To appear in proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering - New Ideas and Emerging Results Track (ICSE NIER). May 2018. (Acceptance Rate: 27%)
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Denae Ford, Kristina Lustig, Jeremy Banks, Chris Parnin. "We Don't Do That Here": How Collaborative Editing with Mentors Improves Engagement in Social Q&A Communities. To appear in proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). April 2018. (Acceptance Rate: 26%)
[pdf | slides |wrap-up post | podcast | study materials]

Fannie Liu, Denae Ford, Chris Parnin, Laura Dabbish. Selfies as Social Movements: Influences on Participation and Perceived Impact on Stereotypes. To appear in proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW) . November 2018. (Acceptance Rate: 27%)
[pdf | blog]

Denae Ford, Thomas Zimmermann, Christian Bird, Nachiappan Nagappan. Characterizing Software Engineering Work with Personas Based on Knowledge Worker Actions. In proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM). November 2017. (Acceptance Rate: 19%)
[pdf | blog]

Denae Ford, Alisse Harkins, Chris Parnin. Someone Like Me: How Does Peer Parity Influence Participation of Women on Stack Overflow? In proceedings of the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC). October 2017. (Acceptance Rate: 29%)
[pdf | blog | slides]

Denae Ford, Titus Barik, Leslie Rand-Pickett, Chris Parnin. The Tech-Talk Balance: What Technical Interviewers Expect from Technical Candidates. In proceedings of the IEEE ICSE 10th International Workshop on Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering (CHASE). May 2017.
[pdf | blog | slides]

Denae Ford, Justin Smith, Philip J. Guo, Chris Parnin. Paradise Unplugged: Identifying Barriers for Female Participation on Stack Overflow. In proceedings of the ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE). November 2016. (Acceptance Rate: 27%)
[pdf | blog | slides]

Brittany Johnson, Rahul Pandita, Justin Smith, Denae Ford, Sarah Elder, Emerson Murphy-Hill, Sarah Heckman, Caitlin Sadowski. A Cross-Tool Communication Study on Program Analysis Tool Notifications. In proceedings of the ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE). November 2016. (Acceptance Rate: 27%)
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Denae Ford, Titus Barik, Chris Parnin. Studying Sustained Attention and Cognitive States in Remote Technical Interviews. In proceedings of the ACM ICER 3rd International Workshop on Eye Movements in Programming (EMIP). November 2015.
[pdf | blog | slides]

Denae Ford and Chris Parnin. Exploring Causes of Frustration for Software Developers. In proceedings of the IEEE ICSE 9th International Workshop on Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering (CHASE). May 2015.
[pdf | blog | slides | buzzfeed]

Research Projects

Currently studying Social Ecosystems and Cognitive Skills during Software Development.

SE Personas

How should we describe Software Engineers?



Blogs

There's value in the journey; so I choose to document it...