David Piorkowski

I recently graduated with a Computer Science Ph.D. from Oregon State University, advised by Dr. Margaret Burnett. My research focused on information foraging theory (IFT) and its applicability to supporting programmers' debugging tasks. In this research, I studied how programmers look for information during debugging, developed predictive models of programmer navigation, and also built tools for developers informed by these models. My dissertation topic was on how IFT can be used to unify various subdisciplines of software engineering research.

I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2008 with a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Computer Engineering.


I'm now working at IBM Research as a Research Staff Member in the Cognitive Computing group. Specifically, I'm working on cognitive tools and methodologies.

Our paper, "PFIS-V: Modeling Foraging Behavior in the Presence of Variants," was accepted to CHI '17.

Our paper, "Visual Configuration of Mobile Privacy Policies," was accepted to FASE '17.