CS700:Graduate Seminar in Computer Science & Informatics

Overview of Computing Research Methods

Despite the prolific rate at which research is advanced in computing, the field lacks a coherent body of knowledge on research methodologies. Typically, research students are left to construct, on their own, a cognitive model of the research process -- a construction that is necessarily limited by experience. This talk examines a recent proposal by Holz et. al.1 to unify established, area-specific research methods in computing. The proposed framework provides a useful context and vocabulary in which students may learn, discuss, evaluate, and pursue research.

1 Hilary J. Holz, Anne Applin, Bruria Haberman, Donald Joyce, Helen Purchase and Catherine Reed. Research methods in computing: what are they, and how should we teach them? ITiCSE-WGR '06: Working group reports on ITiCSE on Innovation and technology in computer science education, 2006, pp. 96--114.)
James Lu is Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Emory University. His research interest include logic programming, automated reasoning, and databases.