Paige Rodeghero, PhD

I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Clemson University. I obtained my PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Notre Dame under the direction of Collin McMillan. My main research interests include software engineering and source code comprehension.

I am looking for smart, self-motivated, students. Please email me if you are interested in pursing a PhD.


  • Fall 2018: Foundations of Software Engineering @ Clemson University (Graduate Level)
  • Fall 2017: Educational Game Design @ University of Notre Dame (Instructor of Record)
  • Fall 2016: Software Projects With Drones @ University of Notre Dame (Guest Lecturer)
  • Spring 2014: Information Web Sciences @ University of Notre Dame (Teaching Assistant)
  • Fall 2013: HCI @ University of Notre Dame (Teaching Assistant/Guest Lecturer)
  • Fall 2013: Introduction to Computer Science @ Ball State University (Lab Instructor)

Awards & Funding

Notre Dame Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Award 2018
NSF funding to attend ICSE 2016
NSF funding to attend NasBase 2015
CAPS funding to attend ICSE 2015
CAPS funding to attend ICSE 2014
Scholarship to attend CRA-W Graduate Cohort in April 2014 awarded by CRA-W
2014 Dept. of Computer Science & Eng. Kaneb Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award
ACM Distinguished Paper Award 2014 (ICSE)
ED GAANN Fellow 2014-2018


Rodeghero, P., McMillan, C., "Detecting Important Terms in Source Code for Program Comprehension", in Proc. of the 52th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS'19), Hawaii, USA, Jan. 8-11, 2019.

Wood, A., Rodeghero, P., Armaly, A., McMillan, C., "Detecting Speech Act Types in Developer Question/Answer Conversations During Bug Repair", in Proc. of the 26th ACM Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE'18), Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA, Nov. 4-9, 2018.

Armaly, A., Rodeghero, P., McMillan, C., "AudioHighlight: Code Skimming for Blind Programmers", in Proc. of the 34th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME'18), Madrid, Spain, Sept. 23-29, 2018.

Rodeghero, P., "Behavior-Informed Algorithms for Automatic Documentation Generation", in the Proc. of the 33rd IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME).

Armaly, A., Rodeghero, P., McMillan, C., "Blindness and Program Comprehension", in Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE), accepted July 5, 2017. Journal First.

Rodeghero, P., McMillan, C., Shirey, A., "API Usage in Descriptions of Source Code Functionality", in Proc. of the 1st International Workshop on API Usage and Evolution (WAPI'17), Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 23, 2017.

Rodeghero, P., Jiang, S., Armaly, A., McMillan, C., "Detecting User Story Information in Developer-Client Conversations to Generate Extractive Summaries", in Proc. of the 39th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE'17), Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 20-28, 2017 (17% acceptance rate) .

Rodeghero, P., Huo, D., Ding, T., McMillan, C., Gethers, M., "An Empirical Study on How Expert Knowledge Affects Bug Reports", in Journal of Software: Evolution and Process - Special Issue ICSM (JSEP - SI). ICSM'14 Invited Paper.

Rodeghero, P. "Discovering Important Source Code Terms." Accepted and will appear in the Proceedings 38th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE'16). ACM Student Research Competition, Austin, Texas, USA.

Rodeghero, P., McMillan, C., "An Empirical Study on the Patterns of Eye Movement during Summarization Tasks", in Proc. of the 9th International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM'15), Beijing, China, Oct. 22-23, 2015, 10 pages. [paper link]

Rodeghero, P., Liu, C., McBurney, P. W., McMillan, C., "An Eye-Tracking Study of Java Programmers and Application to Source Code Summarization", in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE).


Rodeghero, P., McMillan, C., McBurney, P. W., Bosch, N., D'Mello, S., "Improving Automated Source Code Summarization via an Eye-Tracking Study of Programmers", in Proc. of 36th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE'14), Hyderabad, India, May 31-June 7 2014, 12 pages. (20% acceptance rate) ACM Distinguished Paper Award [data] [paper link]