David Bruton Jr. Centennial Professorship Chair
1980 Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Toronto
1976 M.Sc. in Computer Engineering, Case Institute of Technology
1975 B.S. in Computer Engineering, Case Institute of Technology
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In early 1991, I videotaped a presentation on work I and my students were doing w.r.t. software product lines and extensible databases. The ideas of software product lines had not even been formed yet (let alone the term), and the idea of software legos that you could assemble different programs by "snapping" together plug-compatible modules was still in its infancy. All of this gave rise to much of the research I have since pursued in my career. Now, for the first time since 1991, you can see a vision of what now looks rather common-place. One more thing: Jim Barnett created the DaTE tool and did a brilliant job -- it is worth watching the video to see what all he did.
1991 Genesis Presentation (37 minutes in length)
Over time, I will add to this list a set of papers that have impressed me, not because of their technicality, but of their overall insight into the process of scientific discovery or what scientists must face. The order listed is the order in which I discovered them:
The William Tell Overture performed by the Portsmouth Sinfonia -- ok, not much scientific discovery, but a true classic in its own way
Richard Feynman quote "To those who do not know mathematics it is difficult to get across a real feeling as to the beauty, the deepest beauty, of nature ... If you want to learn about nature, to appreciate nature, it is necessary to understand the language that she speaks in"
And from time to time, I will post news of the ridiculous (also inspirational in a different sort of way):
Many people have inspired me, but none more than my professors. Below I list professors that have truly shaped my career and to whom I am forever grateful:
Edward L. "Ted" Glaser -- who taught me that vision went far beyond the ability to see
C.C "Kelly" Gotlieb -- the "Father of Computing" in Canada
Product-line architectures and automated software development are keys to improved programmer productivity, product quality, reduced maintenance cost, and enhanced application performance. My students and I are investigating ways to realize practical, domain-specific component-based design methodologies and technologies for large scale application synthesis. This spans the topics of: model-driven engineering, feature-based software designs, extensible software (i.e., software that is easy to both extend and contract to match the customized needs of application requirements), adaptive software (i.e., software that reconfigures itself periodically to maximize performance), software architectures (building customized applications from components), object-oriented design patterns, extensible languages, domain modeling, and parameterized programming.
My research funding is from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Army Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation Command (STRICOM), DARPA, Microsoft Research, Motorola, the University of Texas Applied Research Laboratories, and Schlumberger.
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My research style is that of reduction; key ideas in software design have simple origins, and by giving elementary mathematical interpretations to them, a modern view of software design will emerge. This viewpoint has been strongly influenced by my long-term interest in physics and the history of physics.
Don Batory holds the David Bruton Centennial Professorship in the Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin. He received a B.S. (1975) and M.Sc. (1977) degrees from Case Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. (1980) from the University of Toronto. He was a faculty member at the University of Florida in 1981 before he joined the University of Texas in 1983. He was an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (1999-2002), Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Database Systems (1986-1992), a member of the ACM Software Systems Award Committee (1989-1993; Committee Chairman in 1992), Program Co-Chair for the 2002 Generative Programming and Component Engineering Conference. He is a leading researcher on Feature Oriented Software Development (FOSD). Since 1993, he and his students have written 11 Award Papers for their work in automated and component-based program development. He has given numerous tutorials on FOSD and is an industry-consultant on product-line architectures.