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Kaufmann / Janzen poster accepted at computer conference

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College graduate Reid Kaufmann and associate professor of computer science David Janzen presented a poster at the Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications (OOPSLA) conference in Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 26-30. The poster, "Implications of Test-Driven Development: A Pilot Study," is based on Kaufmann’s study for his senior seminar conducted and presented last spring at Bethel College. The study involved eight computer science students in Janzen’s Software Studio course. Kaufmann’s study attempts to establish a method for testing the effectiveness of new software production techniques.

Kaufmann and Janzen conducted the study together. Kaufmann then took the findings and analyzed them. During the summer, Janzen edited Kaufmann’s paper and designed an accompanying poster that he submitted to OOPSLA. In late July, the pair received notification that their abstract and poster had been accepted.

"Posters are similar to technical papers presented at the conference," Janzen said, "but they provide a more visual and interactive environment for dialogue." According to Janzen, posters are set up in an exhibition hall where conference attendees are able to interact with the presenters, providing a time for questions as well as suggestions regarding future research.

Janzen notes that it is rare to see undergraduate research presented at OOPSLA, as most posters come from researchers at large universities or industry practitioners. It was the cutting-edge nature of the topic, Janzen explains, accompanied by the high quality research and writing that prompted Janzen to submit Kaufmann’s work.

Kaufmann graduated from Bethel College last May with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and music. He is currently employed as a software engineer by Sun Microsystems, Inc. in Wichita. This is Janzen’s second poster to be accepted at OOPSLA.

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