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Challenges in reproducibility in computer systems research

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Host: Mirco Musolesi

The scientific method is increasingly recognised as being relevant to computer science. Paramount to the scientific method is the ability to reproduce experiments. In computer science reproducibility can be characterised as providing sufficient detail about code, method and data. Unfortunately such details are often not provided. In this talk we will discuss challenges to reproducibility around code, method and data. We look at reproducibility in online social network research, wireless network research, and finally discuss a recent summer school where we tasked participants not only with addressing some of these challenges, but also writing a (reproducible!) paper by the end of the school.

Tristan Henderson is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of St Andrews. His research aims to better understand user behaviour and use this to build improved systems; an approach which has involved measurements and testbeds for networked games, wireless networks, mobile sensors, smartphones, online social networks and opportunistic networks. He runs the CRAWDAD data archive (, the world’s largest wireless network data archive, with over 110 datasets and tools in use by over 6000 users from 105 countries. Tristan has degrees in both dismal and aspiring sciences (Economics and CS) from Cambridge and UCL . For more information, see

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