James Herbsleb is a Professor in the
Institute for Software Research in the School of Computer
Science at Carnegie Mellon University, where he serves as
Director of the PhD program in Societal Computing.
His research interests lie primarily in the intersection
of software engineering, computer-supported cooperative
work, and socio-technical systems, focusing on such areas
as geographically distributed development teams and
large-scale open source development. He holds a PhD in
psychology, and an MS in computer science.
His research has won several awards,
including the ACM Outstanding Research Award (2016), Alan
Newell Award for Research Excellence (2014), Most
Influential Paper award (ICSE 2010), Honorable Mention for
Most Influential Paper award (ICSE 2011), ACM
Distinguished Paper Award (ICSE 2011), Best Paper Award
(Academy of Management, 2010), ACM Distinguished Paper
Award (ESEM 2008), and Best Paper Award (CSCW 2006).
For about two decades, he has worked
with many extraordinary colleagues to try to understand
the complex and dynamic relationship between human
collaboration and the software that the humans are
designing and using. On his optimistic days, he feels he
has made a bit of progress.