Media Computing Group: Henning Kiel

Henning Kiel

Henning Kiel

Student Assistant


My thesis was supervised by Jonathan Diehl.

Reducing Mental Context Switches During Programming

Supporting Code Comprehension using Semantic Links in Software Development Artifacts

Test cases can be a key artifact for program comprehension. By identifying and presenting test cases relevant to the source code currently worked on by the user, program comprehension can be improved. Especially in test-driven development this can be of great use as test cases already serve as low-level specification of the implementation and are always kept up-to-date.

In the work presented here, a prototype was realized implementing above idea as a plugin for a widely used text editor. The given prototype was evaluated in a user study. While no impact on program comprehension was found, the plugin improved navigation between source code and test cases.

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Henning Kiel. Reducing mental context switches during programming. Master's thesis, RWTH Aachen University, June 2009. PDF Document BibTeX Entry.


Eric Lee, Henning Kiel, and Jan Borchers. Scrolling Through Time: Improving Interfaces for Searching and Navigating Continuous Audio Timelines. Technical Report AIB-2006-17, RWTH Aachen University, Dec 2006. Homepage PDF Document BibTeX Entry.
Eric Lee, Ingo Grüll, Henning Kiel, and Jan Borchers. conga: A Framework for Adaptive Conducting Gesture Analysis. In NIME 2006 International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, pages 260–265, Paris, France, June 2006. PDF Document BibTeX Entry.
Eric Lee, Henning Kiel, Saskia Dedenbach, Ingo Gruell, Thorsten Karrer, Marius Wolf, and Jan Borchers. iSymphony: An Adaptive Interactive Orchestral Conducting System for Conducting Digital Audio and Video Streams. In CHI '06: Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pages 259–262, Montréal, Canada, April 2006. ACM Press. PDF Document Movie BibTeX Entry.

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