Professor Anand Swaminathan & Assistant Professor Greta Hsu

Computer software systems are now among the most complex, expensive artifacts ever created by humans, and some of the most sophisticated are being built by teams of volunteers as “open source” projects, where any programmer can read the code and suggest changes. A group of UC Davis researchers has just received a three-year, $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how open source software, such as the Apache Web server, is built. Headed by computer science Professor Premkumar Devanbu, the UC Davis team includes Graduate School of Management Professor Anand Swaminathan and Assistant Professor Greta Hsu. They will help collect and mine information from message boards, bug reports and e-mail discussions to understand how open source software design teams organize themselves and interact.