Don Batory  

I retired in August 2020.

Am still research active,
but am no longer taking
on or funding students.

Still I would welcome
hearing from you.

Contact Information

batory at
Postal Address:
Department of Computer Science
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas 78712
Research Web Page
Automated Software Design Research Group

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Professor Emeritus

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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Research Interests

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.

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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 background in relational database systems and relational query processing, and a long-term interest in physics and the history of physics.  I have always said w.r.t. software design "We are geniuses at complicating the simplest things -- the challenge is exposing the underlying simplicity". Einstein (as many others) had similar admonishments, but of course, said better: “Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

Past Events


Don Batory is a Professor Emeritus 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 Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (1999-2002), Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Database Systems (1986-1992), 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 proponent of Feature Oriented Software Development (FOSD) and with colleagues (and former students) has recently authored a textbook on the topic. Since 1993, he and his students have written 11 Award Papers for their work in automated program development.  He and Lance Tokuda were awarded the Automated Software Engineering 2013 Most Influential Paper Award on their work on program refactorings.

Selected Professional Service


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)

Vienna Military MuseumPlanet VulcanKeynote at Modularity 2015, Fort CollinsMiami Beach, December 2015
Halloween 2014 2015Wrigley FieldCats that adopted me in Chicago

Personal Advice

On Covid -- for those of you who do not think Covid 19 is bad -- watch this short video by Dr. Abdu Sharkawy,
who is one of the top infectious disease specialists in Toronto, if not all Canada.

Personal Notes

Over time, I will add to this list a set of links 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:

And from time to time, I will post news of the ridiculous (also inspirational in a different sort of way):

And finally, I have known for decades that I am a reductionist.  Finding good and short explanations of "reductionism" in science is not easy.  Here are my recommendations:

Personal Inspiration

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:

And I have a special place in my heart for Leonard Nimoy as Spock and the contributions Star Trek has made to inspire generations of scientists.  And, some of my favorites:

Nights in White Satin,
Moody Blues
Bohemian Rhapsody
The William Tell Overture
the Portsmouth Sinfonia
First Contact,
Jerry Goldsmith
Jerry Goldsmith
Toccata und Fugue in D Minor (BMW 565) JS Bach
Ashoken Farewell
Jay Ungar
God Save Der Hund