I am an incoming Lecturer at the University of Sydney.

I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA, working with Prof. Miryung Kim. Prior to UCLA, I was a PhD student at Singapore Management University, advised by Prof. David Lo. I have been very fortunate to have collaborated with many wonderful researchers.

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Software (+ AI) is eating the world but there is an incoming software apocalypse. We need better ways of understanding software systems. My research aims to empower human developers by addressing important Software Engineering problems. To do so, we develop approriate task-relevant abstractions, and leverage human and domain knowledge.

Contact: hjkang[at]cs.ucla.edu / hjkang.2018[at]phdcs.smu.edu.sg

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Active Learning and AI for Software Engineering.

My research primarily focuses on Active Learning for Software Engineering. We have investigated the use of Active Learning for learning code patterns from human inputs and the large diversity of open-source programs [TSE 2022], and improved the scalability of Active Learning by reducing human inspection and analysis effort [ICSE 2024]. For AI4SE, we analyzed the generalizability of a representative code embedding model [ASE 2019]. For making the results of static analyzers less noisy, we addressed methodological issues [ICSE 2022 (Poster)], and subsequently reestablished state-of-the-art results [TSE 2023]. We also used large language models for pruning false positives from static call graph analysis [FSE 2022].

Library and API usage.

Modern software development depend on third-party systems (e.g., libraries). We have built tools that have been deployed by our industrial partners. These tools:

  1. employed large language models and a zero-shot approach to automatically identify the libraries described in NVD entries [ICPC 2022, ICSE 2023],
  2. classified code commits in the monitoring of open source repositories [ICSE 2022, TSE 2023], and
  3. generated test cases to ease the assessment of the impact and reachability of library vulnerabilities [ISSTA 2022].

By exploiting human knowledge and refining a task-relevant abstraction of API pre-conditions, we fuzzed TensorFlow and PyTorch (resulting in over 20 CVE IDs) [under submission to TSE].

Program transformation.

We developed Coccinelle4J [ECOOP 2019] for program transformation of Java programs, extending the Coccinelle program matching and transformation tool. Coccinelle is widely adopted for the Linux kernel and C systems software. There are many lessons we can learn from Coccinelle.

Using Coccinelle4J, we have worked on the automated migration of deprecated Android API methods [ICSME 2019, ICPC 2020 ERA, EMSE 2022]. Other work include machine learning on code changes & commits [ICSE 2020, SANER 2022]

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