6 April, 2022

Recruiting Master’s and PhD Students to Join ARISE Lab

Lab for Advancing Reliability, Security, Safety in Software Engineering (ARISE)

Information and Communication Engineering Department, Graduate School & School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Handong Global University

Research Overview

The research topic of ARISE is, as its name says, on designing better ways of software engineers to develop and manage software artifacts by providing automated development tools and scientific methodologies. We see that the security of our society is threatened severely by poor-quality software products and the inabilities of engineers to manage software quality issues. To resolve these problems, we study the phenomena of software developments and the principles of computing to understand when, where, why and how unreliable, insecure, or unsafe software is resulted, and we investigate on techniques, tools, methodologies, and pedagogies to enhance the abilities of software engineers and developers in analyzing, testing, and debugging their software artifacts.

The research programs of ARISE aim to developing new techniques of test generation and automated debugging and associating them effectively to the software development processes. The recent research projects of ARISE includes the followings:

  • Change-aware Greybox Fuzzing for Continuous Unit Test Generation

  • MuTrain: Project-specific Mutant Reduction using Machine Learning

  • LMMU: Neural Language Model-based Mutation Operator for Plausible Source Code Mutation

  • DeMiner: mutation-guided symbolic execution for testing C programs,

  • CRESTIVE: extending Concolic testing techniques for better scalability and usability,

  • MUSEUM+: improved mutation-based debugging for omission faults,

  • FindTestBugs: static analysis bug detector for flaky test bugs in JUnit code

And the list of the on-going research projects is as follows:

  • Greybox Fuzzing for Continuous Testing on Evolving Software Projects funded by National Research Fund of Korea, 2020-2023

  • Log-based Fuzzing for testing IoT device software, Center for Software Disaster Research, Excellent Research Center (ERC), NRF, 2021-2028

  • Development of automatic software error repair technology that combines code analysis and error mining, IITP, 2021-2022

Education Plan

We expect to foster motivated students who have interests in software engineering, programming language, security, and computer systems to grow them into professionals in software engineering. Through their studies in ARISE lab, students will be given opportunities to take relevant courses and participate in government-funded/industrial research projects to equip essential aspects of software engineering and software engineering research, such as:

  • Fundamentals of computation logics for reasoning program behaviors

  • In-depth understanding of software testing and analysis techniques

  • Skills for engineering software artifacts (e.g., source code, binary code)

  • Ability to apply machine learning techniques to analyze software-related data

  • Experiences in developing and testing system programs (e.g., embedded software)

The current and former members of ARISE have been recognized by many awards for their outstanding research works, for examples of last two years:

  • Hanyoung Yoo, BK21 Master's Thesis Award, Handong Global University, Feb 2022

  • Hansol Choe, Outstanding Master's Thesis Award, Handong Global University, Feb 2021

  • Juyoung Jeon, BK21 Master's Thesis Award, Handong Global University, Feb 2021

  • Hansol Choe, Best Short Paper Award, Korean Software Engineering Conference (KCSE), Feb 2020

  • Juyoung Jeon, Best Paper Award (Soft ware Engineering), Korean Software Congress (KSC), Dec 2019

  • Juyoung Jeon, First Rank (Winner), CodRep 2019: Machine Learning on Software Code Competition, Oct 2019

  • Hansol Choe, Best Paper Award, Korean Computer Congress (KCC), Jun 2019


Full-time graduate students have opportunities to hold Research Assistant administrated by ARISE lab, and Teaching Assistant administrated by the school. Depending on their participation and achievement, a master’s degree program student will receive 1,200,000 KRW to 1,800,000 KRW per month, and a Ph.D degree program student 1,500,000 KRW to 2,400,000 KRW per month.

In addition, the school offers a tuition discount (up to 65%) for excellent newcomers. Furthermore, a graduate student of the ARISE lab can apply for various financial support programs of the Brain Korea 21 project held by the AI Research Center of Handong Global University, including scholarship (depending on research achievement) and various research activity sponsorship.

Each student will be given an office space on campus, as well as full-fledged research equipment including high-end laptop, computing server, cloud computer accesses. Graduate students also have opportunities to live in on-campus dormitories.

Prospective Students (How to Contact)

You can find the recent publications at the lab website: You can also find more on Professor Shin Hong at his webpage:

If you are interested in applying to ARISE lab for your graduate study, please Professor Shin Hong via email ( to schedule an online meeting. Based on the meeting results, you may receive a recommendation letter to submit with an admission to the graduate school of Handong Global University.