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Miryung Kim

Full Professor
University of California, Los Angeles
Computer Science Department
Engineering VI, Room 474
Los Angeles, CA 90095
TEL: 310-825-2858 FAX: 310-794-5057

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Ms. Edna Todd
TEL: 310-825-1322

Research Interests

My research focuses on software engineering. I am a Director of Software Engineering and Analysis Laboratory at UCLA.


Research: I have taken a leadership role in defining Software Engineering for Data Analytics (SE4DA and SE4ML), a newly emerging area of rapidly growing importance.  I re-defined automated testing and debugging technologies for data-intensive software development, such as Apache Spark, and conducted the largest scale study of data scientists in industry. Several companies tech-transferred my research on code clones and big data analytics debugging. Our bytecode debloating project, JDebloat, has made a tech transfer impact to Navy.  I am also known for my research on software evolution and code clones--code duplication detection, management, and removal solutions. 

Advising: I produced 5 tenure track faculty members. My former PhD students are professors at Columbia University (Bashakhi Ray), Virginia Tech (Na Meng), Virginia Tech (Muhammad Gulzar), and Purdue University (Tianyi Zhang). Two are Associate Professors and two have won NSF CAREER awards. 

Awards and Honors: I received an NSF CAREER award, a Microsoft Software Engineering Innovation Foundation Award, an IBM Jazz Innovation Award, a Google Faculty Research Award, and an Okawa Foundation Research Award. I have won ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award, and 10 Year Most Influential Paper Award from ICSME. I am a Humboldt Foundation Fellow from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

I was a Keynote Speaker at ASE 2019. I was invited to give Distinguished Lectures at UIUC, UMN, and UC Irvine. 

Services & Organization: I am a Program Co-Chair of ESEC/FSE 2022, one of the top 2 conferences in software engineering. I am the co-organizer of a Dagstuhl Seminar on SE4ML---Software Engineering for AI-ML based Systems. I am a Program Co-Chair of ICSME 2019. I was an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. I served on Academic Senate at UCLA. 

Funding: My research is supported by grants from National Science Foundation, Air Force Research Laboratory, Office of Naval Research, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Okawa Foundation, and Samsung.

History: I ranked No. 1 among all engineering and science students in KAIST in 2001 and received the Korean Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology Award, the highest honor given to an undergraduate student in Korea in 2001.

Diversity & Leadership: I am recognized for my impact on diversity and inclusion at UCLA. I have been a faculty-in-residence for 6 years at UCLA, serving as an on-site mentor for undergraduate residential communities. I received the Robert Stevensen Faculty in Residence Award and Faculty/Staff of the Year Award (given to 1 faculty in each year).


Miryung Kim is a Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her B.S. in Computer Science from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 2001 and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington under the supervision of Dr. David Notkin in 2003 and 2008 respectively.  Between January 2009 and August 2014, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. She joined UCLA as an Associate Professor with Tenure in 2014, and she was promoted to Full Professor in 2019. She also spent time as a visiting researcher at the Research in Software Engineering (RiSE) group at Microsoft Research in 2011 and 2014. As a side activity, I am passionate about improving diversity in computing and have created Mommy Computer Science Camp, which is designed to teach the basic concepts of Computer Science to 4 to 6 year old children using hands-on activities without using computers, featured in PC Magazine

News (more here)

Congratulations on our HeteroGen paper at ASPLOS 2021.
Congratulations on our OptDebug paper at SoCC 2021.
Congratulations on our Qdiff paper at ASE 2021.
Congratulations on our HeteroFuzz paper at FSE 2021.
Congratulations on our Dorylus paper at OSDI 2021.
My former PhD student Tianyi Zhang is joining Purdue University as a tenure track faculty member in Fall 2021. Congratulations, Tianyi. (News)
Our team received an NSF grant on Fuzz Testing of Data and Compute Intensive Systems (with Gulzar).
Our team received an NSF grant on Redesign of Data Plane for Memory-Disaggregated Datacenters (with Harry Xu and Khanh Nguyen).
I gave a Distinguished Lecture at UIUC Department of Computer Science in March 2021. (News)
I gave a Distinguished Lecture at University of Minnesota Cray Distinguished Speaker Series in January 2021. (News)
Our paper on RefFinder received the Most Influential Paper Award from ICSME 2020 based on the research impact and citations. (News)
Our UCLA team is demonstrating JDebloat as a part of ONR Software Security Summer School. (News)
My former PhD student Muhammad Ali Gulzar is joining Virginia Tech as a tenure track faculty member in Fall 2020, Congratulations, Gulzar!
I am a Program Co-Chair of ESEC/FSE 2022, ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering.
I am giving a Keynote Talk at ASE 2019, 34th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering. (News)
I am awarded an Humboldt Research Fellow from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
I am promoted to a Full Professor in the Computer Science Department at UCLA, effective July 2019.
Congratulations on my former PhD students, Prof. Baishakhi Ray and Prof. Na Meng for receiving NSF CAREER awards.
I gave a keynote talk on "New Frontiers of Mining Software Repositories-- -Usability and Information Delivery."
I am organizing Dagstuhl on "SE4ML - Software Engineering for AI-ML-based Systems" with Kersting, Van den Broeck, and Zimmermann.
I received Doc Stevenson Award for Faculty in Residence in 2018. (News)
Our team received a 4.9 M grant from Office of Naval Research on Synergistic Software Customization: Framework, Algorithms, Tools. 
My student Muhammad Gulzar received Google PhD Fellowship.
I am an Associate Editor of TSE, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering.  am a General Chair for MSR 2016--the 13th International Conference on Mining Software Repositories.