Daniela Steidl, is in her 2nd semester studying Informatics (Master). She presented the results of her Bachelor's thesis at a conference.
Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii – a wonderful location and the ideal place to go snorkeling, to enjoy the sun, and to scale tropical mountains. But much more interesting- to look for clones near the beach in time with the sound of the sea, to study the necessity and usefulness of clone management. I had already dealt with this topic in my Bachelor's thesis and now had the chance to present my work at the ICSE 2011 conference.
A year ago in the 2010 summer semester, I began to work on my Bachelor's thesis on the topic "Index-based Recognition of Model Cloning". With assistance from my advisor Benjamin Hummel (Chair of Software and System Engineering) I tried to find model clones in Matlab-Simulink. Not a new idea in itself. However, for the first time we managed to develop an incremental approach efficient enough to carry out clone recognition in practice – on models with one hundred thousand nodes. This was a new research result that I introduced at the ICSE 2011 conference in Hawaii in the framework of the 5th International Workshop on Software Clones.
The workshop on the topic Software Clones was the largest workshop at the conference with approx. 40 participants – a challenge for me as a student to present my work. And, a one-time opportunity. I learned to present my own approach in an appealing way, to confidently face critical questions and to convince others of my results. Furthermore it was very insightful to view one's own work in a broader context and to discuss future branches of research with scientists from all over the world.
Support from the TU München, the company Sigsoft and Professor Manfred Broy, enabled me to participate in the conference. My stay was financed by a support program made possible through student contributions.