Ma Czarina Lao

Ma Czarina  Lao
MIT EECS | Landsman Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisor: Daniel N. Jackson
Department: EECS
Years: 2017-2018
Research Project Title:

Déjà Vu: A Conceptual Software Design Method for Web Applications

abstract:Though applications differ vastly in purpose, they tend to have many fundamental concepts in common, such as posting, up-voting, and events. These recurring concepts are what we call clichés. Déja Vu is a new platform that allows developers to build applications without writing code by assembling clichés from a library. A prototype has already been built and used to recreate some simple web applications. My project’s goal is to explore a possible niche type of website such as shopping or forum-style sites and further develop Déja Vu according to that niche. The project aims to measure Déja Vu’s success by recreating existing, more complex web applications of the target type. It will also assess how Déja Vu affects the application development process.

“Through the SuperUROP program, I hope to gain valuable research experience and guidance and become more capable of producing new creative ideas. I am particularly drawn to my project because I am interested in exploring and improving software engineering and design methods. I hope to contribute significantly to my project using my experience in designing systems and developing web applications from past internships and classes such as Software Studio (6.170).”