Speaker: Steve Easterbrook
Title: Empirical Research Methods (and how to choose them)
Selecting a research method for empirical research is problematic because the benefits and challenges to using each method are not yet well catalogued. In this talk, I'll characterize a number of different empirical methods, including controlled experiments, case studies, survey research, workplace ethnographies and action research. I'll explore the strengths and weaknesses of each research method, the types of research questions each best addresses, and offer some advice for how to figure out what kind of research question you're asking, and therefore what types of methods might best answer it.
There's a background paper here covering some of the same ground, but written specifically for a software engineering audience - the talk will be aimed at a broader CS audience.
Note: For the rest of the term, we'll be running one grad skills seminar every other week (all Thursdays at 12pm in BA1220):
Feb 14 -- Empirical Research Methods (Steve E)
Feb 28 -- Networking/Conferences, (Ryan )
Mar 14 -- How to Write a Grant Proposal and Resume (Renee M)
Mar 28 -- Panel of Graduate Students, (Renee/Steve)