Lin Tan
Lin Tan @ University of Waterloo
Assistant Professor, PEng
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Cross-appointed with the School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo
Address: 200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567 extension 35222
Fax: (519) 746-3077
Email: lintan at

Lin is on the editorial board of the Empirical Software Engineering (EMSE) journal.
Lin is a program co-chair of ICSE 2017 NIER and MSR 2017.
Submit your papers to these three venues!

Research Interests:

Software engineering; Software reliability; Comment analysis; Text analytics; Focusing on using interdisciplinary techniques such as natural language processing, machine learning, and program analysis to improve system reliability

Recent Publications: (For a full list, click here)

Detecting Sensitive Data Disclosure via Bi-directional Text Correlation Analysis. Jianjun Huang, Xiangyu Zhang and Lin Tan. Acceptance Rate: 27% (74/273)


Automatically Learning Semantic Features for Defect Prediction. Song Wang, Taiyue Liu and Lin Tan. Acceptance Rate: 19% (101/530)


Automatic Model Generation from Documentation for Java API Functions. Juan Zhai, Jianjun Huang, Shiqing Ma, Xiangyu Zhang, Lin Tan, Jianhua Zhao, and Feng Qin. Acceptance Rate: 19% (101/530)


DASE: Document-Assisted Symbolic Execution for Improving Automated Software Testing. Edmund Wong, Lei Zhang, Song Wang, Taiyue Liu and Lin Tan. Acceptance Rate: 18.5% (84/452)


Online Defect Prediction for Imbalanced Data. Ming Tan, Lin Tan, Sashank Dara and Caleb Mayuex. Acceptance Rate: 22.5% (23/102)


Comparing Software Architecture Recovery Techniques Using Accurate Dependencies. Thibaud Lutellier, Devin Chollak, Joshua Garcia, Lin Tan, Derek Rayside, Nenad Medvidovic and Robert Kroeger. Acceptance Rate: 22.5% (23/102) [Data]

(Book Chapter)

Comment Analysis for Improving Software Quality. Lin Tan. Book chapter in The Art and Science of Analyzing Software Data. Eds. Chris Bird, Tim Menzies, and Thomas Zimmermann. 2015.


CloCom: Mining Existing Source Code for Automatic Comment Generation. Edmund Wong, Taiyue Liu and Lin Tan. Acceptance Rate: 31.9% (46/144)

Selected Awards and Recognitions:
Faculty of Engineering Outstanding Performance Award 2016
Ontario Early Researcher Award (ERA) 2015
NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS) Award 2015
(One of 125 researchers chosen from 3,159 NSERC Discovery Grant applicants across all science and engineering fields)
IBM CAS Research Project of the Year Award 2015
Press: The Record's Technology Spotlight (Pages 46 & 47), Marketwired, UWaterloo News, Engineering Annual Report (2014-2010)
Google Faculty Research Award 2014 (1 of 7 recipients worldwide in Software Engineering)
Distinguished Paper Award Nominee, IEEE/ACM ASE 2013
Google Faculty Research Award 2010 (1 of 4 recipients worldwide in Software Engineering)
Best Paper Award Nominee, ACM ASPLOS 2010
IBM PhD Fellowship 2008-2009
IEEE Micro Top Picks from Computer Architecture Conferences 2006

Professional Service:
2015-Present: Empirical Software Engineering Journal Editor
International Conference on Mining Software Repositories (MSR) Steeting Committee Member
2017: MSR'17 Program Co-Chair, ICSE'17 NIER (New Ideas and Emerging Results) Program Co-Chair
2016: ICST'16 PC, SANER'16 (WCRE&CSMR) PC, APSys'16 PC, 2016 TSE reviewer, 2016 EMSE reviewer
2015: ICSME'15 ERA Track Program Co-Chair, CASCON Workshop on Application Security Co-Chair
ASE'15 PC, ICSME'15 PC, ICST'15 PC, MSR'15 (Co-located with ICSE'15) PC, SANER'15 (WCRE&CSMR) PC, 2015 TSE reviewer, 2015 EMSE reviewer, 2015 AUSE reviewer, 2015 SQJO reviewer
2014: IEEE TSE Editor-in-Chief search Committee 2014, ICSE'14 PC, ASE'14 PC, ICSME'14 PC, ICST'14 PC, MSR'14 (Co-located with ICSE'14) PC, FSE'14 Doctoral Symposium Panel, FSE'14 SRC Committee; SoftwareMining'14 PC; 2014 TSE reviewer, 2014 TOSEM reviewer, 2014 IEEE Software reviewer, 2014 EMSE reviewer, 2014 STVR reviewer, 2014 ToR reviewer
2013: ASE'13 Expert Review Panel, MSR'13 (Co-located with ICSE'13) PC, ICST'13 PC, ICSE NaturaLiSE'13 PC, SoftwareMining'13 PC, CoCoS'13 PC; 2013 EMSE reviewer, 2013 STVR reviewer, 2013 INFSOF reviewer
2012 and earlier: MSR'12 (Co-located with ICSE'12) PC, ICPC'12 PC, MAD'12 (SLAML v2.0) PC, SoftwareMining'12 PC, APSys'11 PC, SLAML'10 PC; 2012 EMSE reviewer, 2011 EMSE reviewer, 2010 TC reviewer

Research Funding (Sole PI unless noted otherwise):
NSERC Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grant ($119,696) 2015 - 2018
NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS) Award ($120,000) 2015 - 2018
NSERC Discovery Grants ($215,000) 2015 - 2020
Ontario Early Researcher Award (ERA) ($190,000) 2015 - 2020
IBM CAS Research Fellowship Project ($58,000) 2014 - 2015
Google Faculty Research Award ($39,848) 2014
NSERC Engage Grant ($100,000) 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014
Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence (ORF-RE) Grant ($3M, my share: $116,848) 2012 - 2015 (Co-PI)
OCE Technical Problem Solving (TPS) [now renamed to Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP)] Grant ($24,999) 2013
NSERC Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grant ($100,000) 2011 - 2014
Google Faculty Research Award ($70,000) 2010
NSERC Discovery Grants ($120,000) 2010 - 2015
University of Waterloo Startup Grant
For supporting undergraduate students: MITACS Gloablink, NSERC USRA, CREUC