Robert Dyer

About Robert Dyer

Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science & Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln NE 68588 USA

Office: Avery 103E (currrently virtual)
Phone: 402-472-5082
Fax: 402-472-7767

I am currently hiring

If you are an undergrad, MS, or PhD student and you have interests in software engineering, programming languages, data mining, or big data -- please send me an email introduction including your CV and what kinds of research interests you.

Research Interests

My current research interests are in software engineering and programming languages. I am interested in improving upon or developing new programming models to maintain the benefits of software engineering practices such as separation of concerns, agile software development, etc.

Currently I am working on PAClab - a Program Analysis ColLABoratory.

I am a lead researcher and engineer for the Boa language and infrastructure. Boa is a virtual laboratory for data-intensive research on open-source software development. Boa provides better abstractions for easily and efficiently mining ultra-large-scale software repositories.

Previously I worked on the Ptolemy language. Ptolemy provides the benefits of separation of cross-cutting concerns while maintaining the separate type-checking, compilation, and reasoning properties of standard object-oriented languages. I helped develop the research compiler (based on the JastAdd compiler framework) as well as performed large-scale empirical studies on the language.

I have also worked on the Nu project, an aspect-oriented intermediate language. Nu adds two simple constructs to object-oriented programs and is capable of emulating most high-level constructs of languages like AspectJ, Eos, etc. This new model allows maintaining separation of cross-cutting concerns into the object code, potentially improving post-compilation processes such as incremental compilation, unit testing, debugging, tool support, etc.

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  • CSCE 461/861/SOFT 461, Advanced Topics in Software Engineering
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