Dr Kelly Blincoe


Kelly is a Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. The lecturer title is equivalent to assistant professor in North American universities (see here). Her previous work appointments include Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Software Engineering Global interAction Lab at University of Victoria, Canada, and Software Developer / Proposal Manager at Lockheed Martin. 

Kelly is originally from Philadelphia, PA, USA. She currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, Adrian, and their two children.

PhD, Computer Science, Drexel University, USA, 2014
MS, Information Science, Pennsylvania State University, 2008
BE, Computer Engineering, Villanova University, 2004

Research | Current

Her research is mainly in collaborative software development with a focus on the socio-technical aspects and coordination between developers. She employs a variety of both qualitative and quantitative empirical research methods including developing new methods and tools, data mining, repository analysis, social network analysis, interviews, and surveys. 

Kelly's research has been published in the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE), Empirical Software Engineering (ESE) Journal, Information and Software Technology (IST) Journal, and in the proceedings of the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE), International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE), among others. Kelly serves on the program committee of various conferences and workshops including the ICSE Software Engineering in Society Track, MSR Challenge, and the Social Software Engineering Workshop. 

Teaching | Current

SOFTENG 701 Advanced Software Engineering (Semester 1) 

SOFTENG 754 Requirements Engineering (Semester 2)

SOFTENG 761 Agile and Lean Software Development (Semester 2) 

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Program Committee Member

International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) Software Engineering in Society (SEIS) Track 2016, 2017
International Workshop on Emotion Awareness in Software Engineering (SEMotion) 2016, 2017
Australasian Computer Science Conference (ACSC) 2016, 2017
Social Software Engineering (SSE) Workshop 2015, 2016
Workshop on the Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU) 2016 
Mining Software Repositories (MSR) Challenge 2015

Journal Review Board Member

Empirical Software Engineering (EMSE) Journal 2015/2016

Guest Editor

Journal of Systems and Software (JSS), Special Issue on Context for Software Developers 2017


IEEE Transactions in Software Engineering (TSE) Journal
ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE) Journal 
Empirical Software Engineering (EMSE) Journal
Advances in Complex Systems (ACS) Journal
IEEE Software
Computers in Human Behavior Journal
HICSS 2016
CHI 2015

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Kalliamvakou, E., Gousios, G., Blincoe, K., Singer, L., German, D. M., & Damian, D. (2016). An in-depth study of the promises and perils of mining GitHub. Empirical Software Engineering, 21 (5), 2035-2071. 10.1007/s10664-015-9393-5
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30996
  • Vasilescu, B., Blincoe, K., Xuan, Q., Casalnuovo, C., Damian, D., Devanbu, P., & Filkov, V. (2016). The sky is not the limit: Multitasking across GitHub projects. Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Software Engineering, 994-1005. New York, NY, USA: ACM. 10.1145/2884781.2884875
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29365
  • Blincoe, K., Valetto, G., & Damian, D. (2015). Facilitating Coordination between Software Developers: A Study and Techniques for Timely and Efficient Recommendations. IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 41 (10), 969-985. 10.1109/TSE.2015.2431680
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28428
  • Blincoe, K. C., Harrison, F., & Damian, D. (2015). Ecosystems in GitHub and a Method for Ecosystem Identification using Reference Coupling. Paper presented at 12th Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories, Florence, Italy. 16 May - 17 May 2015. MSR '15: Proceedings of the 12th Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories. (pp. 6). 10.1109/MSR.2015.26
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28738
  • Blincoe, K., Valetto, G., & Damian, D. (2013). Do all task dependencies require coordination? The role of task properties in identifying critical coordination needs in software projects. Proceedings of the 2013 9th Joint Meeting on Foundations of Software Engineering, 213-223. Saint Petersburg, Russia: ACM. 10.1145/2491411.2491440
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28431
  • Blincoe, K., Valetto, G., & Goggins, S. (2012). Proximity: A measure to quantify the need for developers' coordination. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW. 10.1145/2145204.2145406