Dr. Tao Zhang (CV)

ACM/IEEE/CCF Senior Member

Associate Professor
Block A, Room #321
Faculty of Information Technology
Macau University of Science and Technology
Avenida Wai Long, Taipa, Macau
Email: tazhang AT must DOT edu DOT mo

I received my B.S. in Automation and M.Eng in Software Engineering from Northeastern University. I obtained my Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Seoul, under the supervision of Prof. Byungjeong Lee. After that, I spent one year at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow advised by Prof. Xiapu Luo. Currently, I am an associate professor at the Faculty of Information Technology, Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST). Before joining MUST, I was the faculty member of Harbin Engineering University and Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications.

My current research interests include Intelligent Software Engineering, Mining Software Repositories, and Software Security.

I am looking for highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Assistant and Phd/MPhil students with strong background in Data Mining, Artificial Intelligence, Software Security, and Software Engineering. Undergraduate students who are interested in my research are also welcome to join us.

Award

  • HEU's Young Leading Talent, January 2017
  • Best Paper Award, KCSE 2014, February
  • Honor Prize, the 18th Samsung HumanTech Paper Award, February 2012
  • Bronze Prize, the 2011 IEEE Seoul Section Student Paper Contest, December 2011
  • Second Place Award, National Senior High School Mathematics Tournament, October 1999

Selected Publications (More in DBLP and Google Scholar)

  1. Where2Change: Change Request Localization for App Reviews
    Tao Zhang, Jiachi Chen, Xian Zhan, Xiapu Luo, David Lo, and He Jiang, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE), 2019. (Invited to be presented at the Journal First Session of ESEC/FSE 2020)

  2. Enriching API Documentation with Code Samples and Usage Scenarios from Crowd Knowledge
    Jingxuan Zhang, He Jiang, Zhilei Ren, Tao Zhang, and Zhiqiu Huang, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE), 2019. (Invited to be presented at the Journal First Session of ICSE 2020)

  3. PPChecker: Towards Accessing the Trustworthiness of Android Apps' Privacy Policies
    Le Yu, Xiapu Luo, Jiachi Chen, Hao Zhou, Tao Zhang, Henry Chang, and Hareton K. N. Leung, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE), 2019.

  4. Bug Severity Prediction Using Question-and-Answer Pairs from Stack Overflow
    Youshuai Tan, Sijie Xu, Zhaowei Wang, Tao Zhang, Zhou Xu, and Xiapu Luo, Journal of Systems and Software (JSS), Vol. 165, Article 110567, 2020.

  5. Labeling Issue Reports in Mobile Apps
    Tao Zhang, Haoming Li, Zhou Xu, Jian Liu, Rubing Huang, and Yiran Shen, IET Software, Vol. 13, No. 6, pp. 528-542, 2019.

  6. LDFR: Learning Deep Feature Representation for Software Defect Prediction
    Zhou Xu, Shuai Li, Jun Xu, Jin Liu, Xiapu Luo, Yifeng Zhang, Tao Zhang, Jacky Keung, and Yutian Tang, Journal of Systems and Software (JSS), Vol. 158, Article 110402, 2019.

  7. Identifying Crashing Fault Residence Based on Cross Project Model
    Zhou Xu, Tao Zhang, Yifeng Zhang, Yutian Tang, Jin Liu, Xiapu Luo, Jacky Keung, and Xiaohui Cui, Proc. of the 30th International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE'19), pp. 183-194, 2019.

  8. Cross Project Defect Prediction via Balanced Distribution Adaptation Based Transfer Learning
    Zhou Xu, Shuai Pang, Tao Zhang, Xiapu Luo, Jin Liu, Yutian Tang, Xiao Yu, and Lei Xue, Journal of Computer Science and Technology (JCST), Vol. 34, No. 5, pp. 1039-1062, 2019.

  9. TSTSS: A Two-Stage Training Subset Selection Framework for Cross Version Defect Prediction
    Zhou Xu, Shuai Li, Xiapu Luo, Jin Liu, Tao Zhang, Yutian Tang, Jun Xu, Peipei Yuan, and Jacky Keung, Journal of Systems and Software (JSS), Vol. 154, pp. 59-78, 2019.

  10. GaitLock: Protect Virtual and Augmented Reality Headsets Using Gait
    Yiran Shen, Chengwen Luo, Hongkai Wen, Tao Zhang, Wen Hu, and Daniela Rus, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC), Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 484-497, 2019.

  11. A Comparative Study of Android Repackaged Apps Detection Techniques
    Xian Zhan, Tao Zhang, and Yutian Tang, Proc. of the 26th IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering (SANER'19), pp. 321-331, 2019.

  12. Software Defect Prediction Based on Kernel PCA and Weighted Extreme Learning Machine
    Zhou Xu, Jin Liu, Xiapu Luo, Zijiang Yang, Yifeng Zhang, Peipei Yuan, Yutian Tang, and Tao Zhang, Information and Software Technology (IST), Vol. 106, pp. 182-200, 2019.

  13. ROSF: Leveraging Information Retrieval and Supervised Learning for Recommending Code Snippets
    He Jiang, Liming Nie, Zeyi Sun, Zhilei Ren, Weiqiang Kong, Tao Zhang, and Xiapu Luo, IEEE Transactions on Services Computing (TSC), Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 34-46, 2019.

  14. Bug Reports for Desktop Software and Mobile Apps in GitHub: What's the Difference?
    Tao Zhang, Jiachi Chen, Xiapu Luo, and Tao Li, IEEE Software, Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 63-71, 2019. (Invited to be presented at the Journal First Session of ICSME 2017)

  15. Cross Version Defect Prediction with Representative Data via Sparse Subset Selection
    Zhou Xu, Shuai Li, Yutian Tang, Xiapu Luo, Tao Zhang, Jin Liu, and Jun Xu, Proc. of the 26th IEEE International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC'18), pp. 132-143, 2018.

  16. Cross-Version Defect Prediction via Hybrid Active Learning with Kernel Principal Component Analysis
    Zhou Xu, Jin Liu, Xiapu Luo, and Tao Zhang, Proc. of the 25th IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering (SANER'18), pp. 209-220, 2018.

  17. Bug Report Enrichment with Application of Automated Fixer Recommendation
    Tao Zhang, Jiachi Chen, He Jiang, Xiapu Luo, and Xin Xia, Proc. of the 25th IEEE International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC'17), pp. 230-240, 2017.

  18. An Unsupervised Approach for Discovering Relevant Tutorial Fragments for APIs
    He Jiang, Jingxuan Zhang, Zhilei Ren, and Tao Zhang, Proc. of the 39th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE'17), pp. 38-48, 2017.

  19. Toward Automatically Generating Privacy Policy for Android Apps
    Le Yu, Tao Zhang, Xiapu Luo, Lei Xue, and Henry Chang, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS), Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 865-880, 2017.

  20. Towards More Accurate Severity Prediction and Fixer Recommendation of Software Bugs
    Tao Zhang, Jiachi Chen, Geunseok Yang, Byungjeong Lee, and Xiapu Luo, Journal of Systems and Software (JSS), Vol. 117, pp. 166-184, 2016.

  21. Can We Trust the Privacy Policies of Android Apps?
    Le Yu, Xiapu Luo, Xule Liu, and Tao Zhang, Proc. of the 46th Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN'16), pp. 538-549, 2016.

  22. A Literature Review of Research in Bug Resolution: Tasks, Challenges, and Future Directions
    Tao Zhang, He Jiang, Xiapu Luo, and Alvin T.S. Chan, The Computer Journal, Vol. 59, No. 5, pp. 741-773, 2016.

Services

  • Guest Editor of IET Software 2021
  • Guest Editor of IEEE Transactions on Reliability (TRel) 2020
  • Guest Editor of Journal of Systems and Software (JSS) 2020
  • Associate Editor of IEEE Access 2018-2019
  • Local Organizing Co-Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Software Quality, Reliability, and Security (QRS) 2020
  • Organizing Committee Co-Chair of the IEEE International Workshop on Intelligent Bug Fixing (IBF) 2019-2020
  • Publicity Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering (SANER) 2019
  • Publicity Co-Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Software Quality, Reliability, and Security (QRS) 2019
  • Track Co-Chair of the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC) Software Engineering Track 2017-2021
  • TPC Member of
    Asia-Pacific Symposium on Internetware (Internetware) Intelligent Software Engineering Track 2020, IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME) 2020, International Conference on Network and System Security (NSS) 2020, IEEE International Conference on Software Quality, Reliability, and Security (QRS) 2020, International Symposium on System and Software Reliability (ISSSR) 2020, IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering (SANER) 2020, Innovations in Software Engineering Conference (ISEC) 2020-2021, IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE) Tool Demonstration Track 2019, International Conference on Network and System Security (NSS) 2018, ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC) Software Engineering Track 2015-2016
  • Reviewer for
    IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE), SN Computer Science, Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering: A NASA Journal (ISSE), Sustainable Computing: Informatics and Systems (SUSCOM), IEEE Software, Automated Software Engineering Journal (ASEJ), Journal of Software: Evolution and Process (JSEP), Journal of Systems and Software (JSS), IET Software, Software Quality Journal (SQJ), Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing (JAIHC), Journal of Software: Practice and Experience (JSPE), IEEE Transactions on Reliability (TRel), Journal of Computer Science and Technology (JCST), Journal of KING SAUD University-Computer and Information Sciences, Empirical Software Engineering (EMSE), IEEE Access, Journal of Supercomputing, Cluster Computing, Information and Software Technology (IST), International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (IJSEKE), Frontiers of Computer Science (FCS), SCIENCE CHINA Information Sciences, Journal of Software (in Chinese)
  • Member of CCF Technical Committee on Software Engineering

Funding

  • Security Vulnerabilities Localization and Report Generation Method for Closed Source Mobile Apps
    supported by the Science and Technology Development Fund of Macau (FDCT)
    Sept. 2020 - Sept. 2023, PI
  • Bug Triage for Mobile Apps
    supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Heilongjiang Province
    June 2019 - June 2022, PI
  • Bug Localization for Mobile Apps
    supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
    Jan. 2017 - Dec. 2019, PI
  • Commit Based Automated Bug Assignment Method for Mobile Apps
    supported by the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation
    Aug. 2017 - Aug. 2019, PI

Teaching

  • CS014 Software Engineering (in English)
  • CS103 Software Engineering Practices (in English)
  • SE111 Object-Oriented Programming for Java (in English)
  • ST001 Special Topic in New Computer Technology (in English)
  • CS190 Professional Ethics and Communication Skills (in Chinese and English)
  • 201406323 Software Quality Assurance and Testing (in Chinese)
  • 201406415 Software Testing Comprehensive Experiment (in Chinese)
  • 201406421 Advanced Labs in Software Engineering (in Chinese)
  • B0301340S Algorithm Analysis and Design (in Chinese)