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Assistant Professor Dolores Zage

Research Coordinator of the Software Engineering Research Center

An NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center


Contact Information:
Office: RB 443 
Voice:  (765) 285-8646 


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National Award: 


The 2007 Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation from the NSF I/UCRC Association for the design metrics research.



 Research Interests:


Software product and process metrics and their application to product and process improvement.

Recently, our team is investing global software development, more specifically, the testing phase.

Our collaboration for this global testing investigation is with the University of Limerick, Ireland.



Research Description: 


The underlying premise to my work is that software developers should be able to infer more about the software they are developing during the design process. Thus, by computing metrics at various times during the development of design, managers and software developers can determine the better design when alternative choices exist, as well as identify stress points that may lead to difficulty during coding and maintenance.



Related Publications:

1. Richardson, Ita, Sarah Moore, Alan Malone, Valentine Casey and Dolores Zage, Globalising Software Development in the Local Classroom through Virtual Teams in Information Systems and Technology Education: From the University to the Workplace, edited by Rod Turner and Glenn Lowry, Idea Group, Inc., Hershey, PA, 2007.
2. “Metrics Directed Verification of UML Designs,” Wayne Zage, Dolores Zage, Todd Chaffins, SERC Technical Report 284, Ball State University, June 2006.
3. “Measuring the Effect of Design Decisions on Software Reliability”, Jeff Stineburg, Dolores Zage, Wayne Zage, presented at the International Society of Software Reliability Engineers (ISSRE) 2005 Conference, Chicago, November 2005.
4. “Global Software Development – the Challenges,” Ita Richardson, Valentine Casey, Dolores Zage, Wayne Zage, University of Limerick, Ball State University, SERC Technical Report 278, September 2005.
5. “UML Design Metrics Guidebook”, Dolores Zage, Wayne Zage, written for Raytheon Systems, October 2005.
6. “The Eclipse Platform for Tool Integration and Development,” Zhihui Yang, Wayne Zage, Dolores Zage, Ball State University, SERC Technical Report 273, May 2005.
7. “CATS2 - Cost of Anti-Tamper Software Security”, Eric Bryant, Jack E. Davis, W. Zage, and Dolores Zage, Proceedings of the Anti-Tamper 2005 Conference, Sandia National Labs, April 19-21, 2005.
8. “Test Management and Process Support for Virtual Teams,” Dolores Zage, Wayne Zage, Cathy Wilburn, SERC Technical Report 271, Ball State University, April 2005.
9. “Module Metric Signature Visualization”, Dolores Zage and W. Zage, Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Software Maintenance, Chicago, Illinois, September 11-15, 2004.
10. “A Stress-Point Resolution System Based on Module Signatures”, W. Zage and D. Zage, Proceedings of the 28th NASA Goddard/IEEE Software Engineering Workshop, December 2003.
11. “Mapping Cache Artifacts to Design Metrics Primitives”, W. Zage, D. Zage and Vinayak Tanksale, Proceedings of the 2003 International Conference on Software Engineering Research and Practice (SERP’03), Las Vegas, June 2003.
12. “An Analysis of the Fault Correction Process in a Large-Scale SDL Production Model,”
W. Zage and D. Zage, Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Software Engineering, Portland, OR, May 2003.
13. "Applying Design Metrics to Predict Fault Proneness: A Case Study on a Large Scale Software System," E. Wong and J.R. Horgan (Telcordia Technologies), W. Zage, D. Zage and M. Syring (Motorola), Software-Practice and Experience, Vol. 30, No. 14, pp. 1587-1608, November 25, 2000.
14. “Using Design Metrics to Identify Error-Prone Components in SDL Designs”, W. Zage, D. Zage, J.M. McGrew and N. Sood, Proceedings of the 9th International SDL Forum, Montreal, Canada, published by Elsevier Science, UK, June 1999.
15. “Applying Design Metrics to a Large-Scale Software System”, E. Wong, J.R. Horgan (Telcordia Technologies), W. Zage, D. Zage and M. Syring (Motorola), Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Software Engineering Reliability (ISSRE ’98), Paderborn, Germany, November 4-7, 1998.
16. “Avoiding Metric Monsters: A Design Metrics Approach”, W. Zage and D. Zage, in a special issue of the Annals of Software Engineering Journal devoted to software process and product measures, J.C. Beltzer AG, Scientific Publishing co., Basel, Switzerland, Summer 1995.
17. “Achieving Software Quality Through Design Metrics Analysis”, W. Zage, D. Zage and C. Wilburn, Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, Portland, OR, October 1994.
18. “The Design Metrics Analyzer for Ada”, W. Zage, D. Zage and C. Wilburn, SERC Technical Report TR-154-P, September 1994.
19. “Using Design Metrics in Software Development”, W. Zage and D. Zage, SERC Technical Report TR-144-P, September 1993.
20. “Algorithms for Applying Design Metrics to Time Slices of Architectural Designs”, W. Zage, D. Zage, C. Wilburn and R. Maharjan, SERC Technical Report TR-141-P, July 1993.
21. “Evaluating Design Metrics on Large-Scale Software”, W. Zage and D. Zage, IEEE Software Journal, July 1993.
22. “An Ada Software Design Evaluation”, W. Zage and D. Zage, SERC Technical Report TR-130-P, December 1992.
23. “Design and Code Metrics Through a DIANA Based Tool”, W. Zage, D. Zage, D. Gaumer and M. Bhargava, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Ada: Moving Towards 2000, J. van Katwijk editor, Springer-Verlag, pp. 60-71, June 1992.
24. “Relating Design Metrics to Software Quality: Some Empirical Results”, W. Zage and D. Zage, SERC Technical Report TR-74-P, May 1990.



Class Materials:

Graduate Software Engineering, CS 697





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