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1 March 2012

Using Knowledge Elicitation to Improve Web Effort Estimation: Lessons from Six Industrial Case Studies

Location: Meeting Room 10, 2nd Floor, JLB
Time: 12:30pm - 13:45pm
Speaker(s): Prof Emilia Mendes - Zayed University (UAE).

This talk will detail my experience building and validating six different expert-based Web effort estimation models for ICT companies in New Zealand and Brazil. All models were created using Bayesian networks, via eliciting knowledge from domain experts, and validated using data from past finished projects. Post-mortem interviews with the participating companies showed that they found the entire process extremely beneficial and worthwhile, and that all the models created remained in use by those companies. Bio:  Emilia Mendes is currently Associate Professor at Zayed University (UAE). She obtained her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Southampton (UK) in 1999, and then initiated her full time academic career at the Computer Science Department at the University of Auckland (NZ), where she worked for 12 years. Her research is inter-disciplinary, encompassing four disciplines – Web & Software measurement & metrics, Empirical Software & Web Engineering, IT/Computer Science & Software/Web Engineering education, and Hypertext. To date she has published over 160 refereed publications, which include two books (one edited (2005 – Web Engineering) and one authored (2007 – Cost Estimation Techniques for Web Projects)). She worked in the ICT industry for ten years as programmer, business analyst and project manager prior to moving to the UK in the end of 1995 to initiate her PhD studies.

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