Xin Xia


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Personal profile


I am a 2020 ARC DECRA Fellow, and a lecturer (equivalent to U.S. assistant professor) at the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, Australia. Prior to joining Monash University, I was a post-doctoral research fellow in the software practices lab at the University of British Columbia in Canada, with a specialization in software analytics and mining software repositories. My advisors are Prof. Gail C. Murphy and Prof. Reid Holmes. From 2014 to 2017, I was a research assistant professor at College of Computer Science and Technology, Zhejiang University, China.

I got my Ph.D degree in June 2014 from College of Computer Science and Technology, Zhejiang University, China. I was very fortunate to work under the supervision of Prof. Xiaohu Yang, and Prof. Jianling Sun. From July, 2012 to January,2014, I was a visiting student of Prof. David Lo in Singapore Management Universiy.

To help developers and testers improve their productivity, my current research focuses on mining and analyzing rich data in software repositories to uncover interesting and actionable information. I have employed and customized structured and unstructured data analytics techniques – including data mining, information retrieval, natural language processing, search-based algorithms, and program analysis – to transform passive software engineering data into automated tools and new insights.

For more details, please refer to my external personal website.

Research area keywords

  • Mining Software Repositories
  • Software Analytics
  • Empirical Software Engineering

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Research Output

CDA: characterising deprecated Android APIs

Li, L., Gao, J., Bissyandé, T. F., Ma, L., Xia, X. & Klein, J., 11 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Empirical Software Engineering. 41 p.

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ActionNet: vision-based workflow action recognition from programming screencasts

Zhao, D., Xing, Z., Chen, C., Xia, X. & Li, G., 2019, Proceedings - 2019 IEEE/ACM 41st International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2019. Bultan, T. & Whittle, J. (eds.). Piscataway NJ USA: IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 350-361 12 p. 8811922

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

A large scale study of long-time contributor prediction for GitHub projects

Bao, L., Xia, X., Lo, D. & Murphy, G. C., 23 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

A manual inspection of Defects4J bugs and its implications for automatic program repair

Jiang, J., Xiong, Y. & Xia, X., Oct 2019, In : Science China Information Sciences. 62, 10, 16 p., 200102.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

AnswerBot: an answer summary generation tool based on stack overflow

Cai, L., Wang, H., Xu, B., Huang, Q., Xia, X., Lo, D. & Xing, Z., 2019, ESEC/FSE ’19 - Proceedings of the 2019 27th ACM Joint Meeting, European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering. Dumas, M., Pfahl, D., Apel, S. & Russo, A. (eds.). New York NY USA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), p. 1134-1138 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperOtherpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)