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Kostadin Damevski, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Engineering East Hall, Room E4253, Richmond, VA, UNITED STATES

(804) 827-3607 kdamevski@vcu.edu

Interested in software engineering and in the use of natural language processing techniques to improve software maintenance and evolution.



Dr. Kostadin Damevski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering. His current research interests are centered around software maintenance and evolution, applied to domains such as mobile apps, high-performance computing, and industrial software systems. His research has been supported by U.S. government agencies, e.g., NSF, DARPA, DOE as well as private industry, e.g., Google, ABB. Damevski leads the Software Improvement (SWIM) Lab at VCU.

Industry Expertise

  • Computer Software
  • Research
  • Education/Learning

Areas of Expertise

Software EngineeringSoftware MaintenanceRecommendation SystemsNatural Language Processing


University of Utah

Ph.D., Computer Science


Selected Articles

Changeset-Based Topic Modeling of Software Repositories | IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering


Christopher S. Corley, Kostadin Damevski, Nicholas A. Kraft

The standard approach to applying text retrieval models to code repositories is to train models on documents representing program elements. However, code changes lead to model obsolescence and to the need to retrain the model from the latest snapshot. To address this, we previously introduced an approach that trains a model on documents representing changesets from a repository and demonstrated its feasibility for feature location. In this paper, we expand our work by investigating: a second task (developer identification), the effects of including different changeset parts in the model, the repository characteristics that affect the accuracy of our approach, and the effects of the time invariance assumption on evaluation results. Our results demonstrate that our approach is as accurate as the standard approach for projects with most changes localized to a subset of the code, but less accurate when changes are highly distributed throughout the code. Moreover, our results demonstrate that context and messages are key to the accuracy of changeset-based models and that the time invariance assumption has a statistically significant effect on evaluation results, providing overly-optimistic results. Our findings indicate that our approach is a suitable alternative to the standard approach, providing comparable accuracy while eliminating retraining costs.

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Mining Sequences of Developer Interactions in Visual Studio for Usage Smells | IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering


In this paper, we present a semi-automatic approach for mining a large-scale dataset of IDE interactions to extract usage smells, i.e., inefficient IDE usage patterns exhibited by developers in the field. The approach outlined in this paper first mines frequent IDE usage patterns, filtered via a set of thresholds and by the authors, that are subsequently supported (or disputed) using a developer survey, in order to form usage smells. In contrast with conventional mining of IDE usage data, our approach identifies time-ordered sequences of developer actions that are exhibited by many developers in the field. This pattern mining workflow is resilient to the ample noise present in IDE datasets due to the mix of actions and events that these datasets typically contain. We identify usage patterns and smells that contribute to the understanding of the usability of Visual Studio for debugging, code search, and active file navigation, and, more broadly, to the understanding of developer behavior during these software development activities. Among our findings is the discovery that developers are reluctant to use conditional breakpoints when debugging, due to perceived IDE performance problems as well as due to the lack of error checking in specifying the conditional.

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