Prof. Ravi Chugh has received the NSF CAREER Award, the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award in support of early career faculty.  

Ravi's project, entitled “Direct Manipulation Programming Systems” is developing the theoretical and practical foundations for integrating the expressive power of programming languages with the ease-of-use of direct manipulation graphical user interfaces, such as those found in domains such as word processing, spreadsheets, and graphic design.

Ravi's research aims to answer the following questions: (1) How can interactions with the output of a program be used to determine the user's intended modifications to the program? (2) How can interactions with the source code of a program be used to determine the user's intended, higher-level modifications to the program? (3) How can user interfaces integrate the expressiveness of general-purpose programming languages with the intuitive workflow of direct manipulation systems?  The project blends and advances techniques in program synthesis, semi-automated refactoring, and human-computer interaction.

In addition to this recognition from the NSF, his work in this area has also recently been highlighted in the survey article “Research for Practice: Tracing and Debugging Distributed Systems; Programming by Examples”, which appeared in both the ACM Queue and CACM.

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