I am a second-year doctoral student in the CSE Department at the University of Washington in Seattle. I am an active member of the PLSE group, and am advised by Prof. Michael D. Ernst. I received my B.S. in Computer Science at Purdue University, where I was advised by Prof. Jan Vitek and did research in the S3 Lab.
My primary research interests are the intersection of programming languages, software engineering, and the programmable web. For too long, these fields have been segregated; I enjoy building mutually-beneficial bridges between them. My current research focuses on improving developer productivity, quantifying and furthering application and runtime performance, and understanding languages and software at scale.
Timelapse: back-in-time debugging for the web
Current web browser debuggers are inadequate for today's complex, event-driven, and nondeterministic web applications. The Timelapse project adapts back-in-time debugging techniques to the domain of client-side web programming. Unlike traditional breakpoint debuggers, Timelapse creates an exact recording of a web program's execution. This recording can be then played forward and backward and freely inspected at any time, using existing debugging tools. Timelapse also introduces novel trace analyses that help developers navigate execution recordings more efficiently.
Timelapse is currently under
development. I am looking to collaborate with strong UW undergraduates
who are interested in debugging, web applications, and/or dynamic
analysis. Contact me for details.
Timelapse currently extends the debugger tools and runtime of the WebKit platform. More information is available on the Timelapse project page.
Collabopt is currently under development; Once
again, I'm looking to collaborate with strong students interested
in browsers, language implementation/optimization, and data
mining. Contact me for details.
I spent some time developing collabopt infrastructure while at Mozilla Research. For research updates, watch my blog!
C3 - Lowering the barrier to browser extensibility
In areas of research that require software it is common for researchers to experiment and extend research software via runtime extensions or by hacking and recompiling project sources. Neither of these are palatable for web researchers: most web browsers consist of mountains of highly-optimized C++ code, and provide only a few ad-hoc extension mechanisms.
I helped build C3, an experimental HTML platform for web-related research, during an internship at Microsoft Research. C3 is built from the ground-up for flexibility: it is written in managed C#, it generalizes several existing extension mechanisms and adds new extension points in a systematic way. Several architectural features encourage modularity and experimentation.
My publications are listed below, most recent first. Subsets of my publications are also listed on DBLP and other places.
- B. Burg. Exploiting the collective wisdom of web application executions. PLDI 2011 FIT Track.
- B. S. Lerner, B. Burg, H. Venter, W. Schulte. C3: An Experimental, Extensible, Reconfigurable Platform for HTML-based Applications. WebApps 2011.
I prefer communication by email. If you would like to chat via Skype or telephone, please let me know by email first. If you would like to schedule a meeting with me, please consult my schedule/calendar and propose a few times that are acceptable to you.
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Department of Computer Science and Engineering University of Washington Box 352350 Seattle, WA 98195
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Brian Burg AC101 Paul G. Allen Center 185 Stevens Way Seattle, WA 98195