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Jinghui Cheng
BSE (Xi’an Jiaotong University, China); MSE (Xi’an Jiaotong University, China); PhD (DePaul University, USA)

Phone: (514) 340-4711 Ext. 3232 Fax: (514) 340-5139 Room: M-4117
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Research interests and affiliations

Research interests
  • Software engineering
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Usability engineering
  • Non-functional software requirements
  • Game design and development
Expertise type(s) (NSERC subjects)
  • 2705 Software and development
  • 2706 Software engineering
  • 2710 Information systems design


Recent publications
Conference paper
Chen, J., Goodrum, M., Metoyer, R. & Cleland-Huang, J. (2018). How do practitioners perceive assurance cases in safety-critical software systems? Paper presented at the 11th ACM/IEEE International Workshop on Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering (CHASE 2018), Gothenburg, Sweden (pp. 57-60). Retrieved from
Conference paper
Cheng, J. & Guo, J.L.C. (2018). How do the open source communities address usability and UX issues? An exploratory study. Paper presented at the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA 2018), Montréal, Québec (6 pages). Retrieved from
Conference paper
Vierhauser, M., Bayley, S., Wyngaard, J., Cheng, J., Xiong, W., Lutz, R., Huseman, J. & Cleland-Huang, J. (2018). Interlocking safety cases for unmanned autonomous systems in urban environments. Paper presented at the 40th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering - Companion (ICSE-Companion 2018), Gothenburg, Sweden (pp. 416-417). Retrieved from
Journal article
Khomh, F., Adams, B., Cheng, J., Fokaefs, M. & Antoniol, G. (2018). Software Engineering for Machine-Learning Applications: The Road Ahead. IEEE Software, 35(5), 81-84. Retrieved from


Jinghui Cheng received an M.Sc.Eng. degree in Computer Systems Engineering (2009) and a B.Sc.Eng. degree in Information Engineering (2006) from Xi’an Jiaotong Univeristy, China. He obtained his Ph.D. degree at DePaul University, Chicago (2017), and was an associate research fellow at the University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Indiana) between September 2016 and September 2017. Prior to his Ph.D. study, he has accumulated years of industrial experience as a game developer. His current research combines the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Software Engineering. He is particularly interested in exploring technologies that support practitioners who have domain-specific expertise but special information needs, including software engineers, designers, and domain experts.


  • BSE in Information Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China, July 2006
  • MSE in Computer Systems Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China, June 2009
  • PhD in Computer Science, DePaul University, Chicago, USA, March 2017