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ICSE 2020
Mon 5 - Sun 11 October 2020 Location to be announced
Wed 7 Oct 2020 15:30 - 15:40 at TBD3 - Code Summarization and Analysis

The surprising predictability of source code has triggered a boom in tools using language models for code. Code is much more predictable than natural language, but the reasons are not well understood. We propose a dual channel view of code; code combines a formal channel for specifying execution and a natural language channel in the form of identifiers and comments that assists human comprehension.
Computers ignore the natural language channel, but developers read both and, when writing code for longterm use and maintenance, consider each channel’s audience: computer and human. As developers hold both channels in mind, we advance the \emph{dual channel hypothesis}: the two channels interact and constrain each other. If true, this hypothesis will overturn current, standard practice of considering only the formal channel, or, if both channels, each in isolation.
We describe how the constraints of this dual audience setting can lead to humans writing code in a way more predictable than natural language, highlight pioneering research that has implicitly or explicitly used parts of this theory, and drive new research, such as systematically searching for cross-channel inconsistencies. The dual channel hypothesis provides an exciting opportunity as truly multi-disciplinary research; for computer scientists it promises improvements to program analysis via a more holistic approach to code, and to psycholinguists it promises a novel environment for studying linguistic processes.

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icse-2020-paper-presentations
14:00 - 15:40: Paper Presentations - Code Summarization and Analysis at TBD3
icse-2020-papers14:00 - 14:20
Talk
Profir-Petru PârțachiUniversity College London, Santanu Kumar DashUniversity College London, UK, Christoph TreudeThe University of Adelaide, Earl T. BarrUniversity College London, UK
icse-2020-papers14:20 - 14:40
Talk
Juan ZhaiRutgers University, Xiangzhe XuNanjing University, Yu ShiPurdue University, Guanhong TaoPurdue University, Minxue PanNanjing University, Shiqing MaRutgers University, Lei XuNational Key Laboratory for Novel Software Technology, Nanjing University, Weifeng ZhangNanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Lin TanPurdue University, Xiangyu ZhangPurdue University
icse-2020-papers14:40 - 15:00
Talk
Son NguyenThe University of Texas at Dallas, Hung Phan, Trinh LeUniversity of Engineering and Technology, Tien N. NguyenUniversity of Texas at Dallas
icse-2020-papers15:00 - 15:20
Talk
Jian ZhangBeihang University, Xu WangBeihang University, Hongyu ZhangThe University of Newcastle, Hailong SunBeihang University, Xudong LiuBeihang University
Pre-print
icse-2020-New-Ideas-and-Emerging-Results15:20 - 15:30
Talk
Annie LouisUniversity of Edinburgh, Santanu Kumar DashUniversity College London, UK, Earl T. BarrUniversity College London, UK, Michael D. ErnstUniversity of Washington, USA, Charles SuttonGoogle Research
icse-2020-New-Ideas-and-Emerging-Results15:30 - 15:40
Talk
Casey CasalnuovoUniversity of California at Davis, USA, Earl T. BarrUniversity College London, UK, Santanu Kumar DashUniversity College London, UK, Prem DevanbuUniversity of California, Emily MorganUniversity of California, Davis