My name is Cody Watson, I am a PhD student at the College of William and Mary
and am being advised by Dr. Denys Poshyvanyk. We are focusing on machine learning applications to solve software engineering tasks.


My interests are machine learning applications for code maintenance and evolution, source code analysis, software privacy, medical software engineering and bioinformatics.


Tufano, M., Watson, C., Bavota, G., Di Penta, M., White, M., Poshyvanyk, D., "Deep Learning Similarities from Different Representations of Source Code" in Mining Software Repositories Conference (MSR '18). May 28-29, 2018.

This paper assesses the similarity between different representations of source code. These representations can be leveraged for SE tasks such as clone detection, impact analysis, refactoring, ect. We leverage deep learning, rather than manual feature engineering, to determine code representations that are similar.

Watson, C., "Pymethyl: A Bioinformatic Approach to Methylation Patterns and their Epigenetic Effects on Risk of Breast Cancer" in SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (SIAM '15). March 14-18, 2015.

This paper focuses on aligning full human genomes to discover methylation pattern differences. In lamens terms, methylation is a tool the body uses for increased / decreased expression of particular genes. Understanding these patterns can unlock epigenetic solutions for particular medical conditions.

A Little About Me

I was born and raised in Chicago, IL and attended Lake Forest Academy. Afterwards, I recieved my B.S. in Biology and B.A. in computer science from Wofford College in South Carolina. Under the mentorship of Dr. Angela Shiflet and Dr. George Shiflet, my undergraduate research consisted of bioinformatic and genomic software development. Also, in my undergraduate career, I worked with Dr. Jose Russo at Fox Chase Cancer Center where we worked on genomic software for studying breast cancer. After graduating college, I applied and was accepted to William and Mary where I am currently pursuing my PhD under Dr. Poshyvanyk.

On a more personal note, I am a christian, husband, friend, and student in that order. I love playing just about any sport there is but particularly favor ultimate frisbee and volleyball. I also love collaboration with other sciences, particularly chemistry and biology, so don't be afraid to send me an email for research also involing other fields.

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