Robert Dyer

About Robert Dyer

I have recently moved to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green OH 43403 USA


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.

Select Publications

  • NEW ESEC/FSE’20: PAClab: a Program Analysis Collaboratory
    Rebecca Brunner, Maria Paquin, Robert Dyer and Elena Sherman. Nov 08, 2020. [PDF]
  • MSR 2020: Boa Views: Easy Modularization and Sharing of MSR Analyses
    Che Shian Hung and Robert Dyer. Jun 29, 2020. [PDF]
  • ESEC/FSE 2018 NIER: Software Engineering Collaboratories (SEClabs) and Collaboratories as a Service (CaaS)
    Elena Sherman and Robert Dyer. Nov 06, 2018. [ACM DL]
  • ICSE 2015 NIER: Inferring Behavioral Specifications from Large-scale Repositories by Leveraging Collective Intelligence
    Hridesh Rajan, Tien N. Nguyen, Gary T. Leavens and Robert Dyer. May 20, 2015. [PDF] [slides]
  • FSE 2014: Mining Preconditions of APIs in Large-scale Code Corpus
    Hoan Anh Nguyen, Robert Dyer, Tien N. Nguyen and Hridesh Rajan. Nov 18, 2014. [ACM DL] [slides]
  • ICSE 2014: Mining Billions of AST Nodes to Study Actual and Potential Usage of Java Language Features
    Robert Dyer, Hridesh Rajan, Hoan Anh Nguyen and Tien N. Nguyen. Jun 03, 2014. [ACM DL] [slides]



  • CS 1010, Introduction to Python Programming
  • CS 5020, Fundamentals of Computer Science

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