While only twenty years ago open-source software was simply a curiosity that attracted the attention of a few academics and was not seriously considered in the software industry, open-source software today is ubiquitous: it powers applications in virtually every domain, and its economic impact has been estimated at many billions of dollars per year. Given the importance of open-source digital infrastructure to so much of the economy, one might expect that it is adequately staffed and maintained, i.e., sustainable. Yet, as recent reports show, this is often not the case: most users of open-source infrastructure take it for granted, and society at large is unaware of the risks. In this talk, I will review some of the challenges that open-source digital infrastructure faces today and I will give an overview of mixed-methods empirical results from my group investigating and addressing these challenges from a socio-technical perspective.
Bogdan Vasilescu is an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, engaged in interdisciplinary research is at the intersection of software engineering and social computing. Together with his students and collaborators in the STRUDEL lab (https://cmustrudel.github.io), Bogdan explores large-scale software-related data using a mixture of quantitative and qualitative methods, to develop and validate theories about the processes involved in software engineering and computer-supported collaborative work. Prior to joining CMU, Bogdan was a postdoctoral researcher at University of California, Davis, in the DECAL lab. He received his PhD and MSc in Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology, both with cum laude distinction. His PhD dissertation won the best dissertation award from the Dutch Institute for Programming Research and Algorithmics in 2015.