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Robert Merkel

Robert Merkel

Robert's primary research interest is in software engineering, and specificially software testing and reliability.

His work on adaptive random testing has been cited in the latest version of the IEEE Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK), guide to "generally accepted knowledge". The IEEE is the global professional organization of software engineering practitioners and researchers.

He has also conducted research into testing web applications, as well as the social and psychological aspects of testing and broader software engineering practice.

I’ve always wondered: why do our computing devices seem to slow down?

Oct 23, 2017 01:42 am UTC| Technology

Why do phones, tablets and computers always slow down as they get older, to the point that they become unusable, but when I back it up and restore it onto a brand new device, its fast again (despite not changing any of the...

Census website cracks after 'malicious' attack by hackers

Aug 10, 2016 05:22 am UTC| Technology

Many Australians were unable to complete the Census on August 9 due to the Census website failing. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) chief statistician has blamed a deliberate denial of service attack for the...

Electronic voting may be risky, but what about vote counting?

Jul 10, 2016 20:21 pm UTC| Insights & Views Technology Politics

Several advantages of online voting were identified in a recent post by Conversation columnist and software researcher David Glance who backed the introduction of such a scheme in Australia. He is correct that an online...

Individuals not the priority in the Cyber Security Strategy

Apr 21, 2016 06:56 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology

The Cyber Security Strategy announced today by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull clearly places a high priority on protecting Australian government systems from foreign powers. But when it comes to protecting citizens...

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Economy

CVS Health hike wages as its earnings climb

CVS Health will increase its workers wages after seeing growth in its profits. The health care retail company will be raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour starting in July next year. Fox Business reported that while...

SK Innovation to separate its battery and refining business units to become two separate entities

SK Innovation is set to split up its battery and petroleum refining business divisions. It was revealed on Wednesday, Aug. 4, that the South Korean company will be dividing the units and separate them to become two new...

Kroger, Kitchen United setting up ghost kitchens for customers delivery and meal pick-up in groceries

Kroger and Kitchen United announced their partnership to build ghost kitchens in some of the formers grocery outlets. The two joined forces to be able to offer takeout and food delivery from restaurants. According to...

Tencent shares plunge 10% after China media calls online gaming 'electronic drugs'

Stocks of Chinas biggest social media and video game firm Tencent tumbled over 10 percent, wiping almost $60 billion from its market capitalization after state-run Economic Information Daily likened online video games to...

Politics

World War 3: Vladimir Putin opposes recent legislation in Ukraine regarding sovereignty

The situation between Ukraine and Russia has led to escalated tensions as of late, leading many to fear that a world war or widespread military conflict may be started in the region. In another move highlighting the...

Iran bombing of tanker is part of a 'pattern' of aggression, says Israeli official

The recent conflict surrounding Irans bombing of a tanker in the Arabian sea has many nations on alert for the next move coming from Tehran. Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz warns that the bombing is only part of a...

Joe Biden blasts GOP for ramping up efforts to undermine democracy

The democracy of the US remains to hang in the balance in the aftermath of the 2020 elections and the January 6 insurrection. US President Joe Biden delivered another sharp rebuke towards Republicans who are increasingly...

Joe Biden vaccine: US meets 70 percent vaccination rate

The Biden administration is increasing efforts to get Americans vaccinated in light of the surge in cases, especially of the Delta variant. This week, President Joe Biden has announced that the US has finally hit the 70...

Science

Hyundai Mobis develops brainwave analyzer to prevent drowsy driving

Hyundai Mobis developed a brainwave detection device dubbed M. Brain to alert motor vehicle operators against drowsy driving or sudden health issues. The M.Brain analyzes brainwaves to determine the drivers health...

Osaka University ties up with town of Okoppe to turn cow poop into methanol using LEDs

Researchers from the Osaka University and the town of Okoppe are conducting studies to produce methanol by illuminating biogas from cow manure with LEDs. Experiments were conducted at an agricultural and scientific...

Big bang: how we are trying to 'listen' to it – and the new physics it could unveil

Exactly what happened at the beginning of the universe, 14 billion years ago, is one of the greatest mysteries in physics theres no simple way to probe it. Thats because, in its early stages, the universe was filled with...

S. Korean researchers reveal method of using fat insects in producing eco-friendly biodiesel

South Korean researchers announced a method of producing environment-friendly fuels by utilizing the remains of high-fat black soldier flies. The method uses leftover fat from black soldier flies to produce animal feed,...

Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory debut world’s first enzymatically recycled bottles

A consortium that includes Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory has produced the worlds first food-grade PET plastic bottles from enzymatically recycled plastic using Carbios recycling process. The bottles that have been...

Technology

‘Ghost of Tsushima: Legends’ standalone version launches September 3

Video game fans who are not too interested in diving into single-player campaigns will soon have a way to enjoy Sucker Punchs popular action-adventure through the standalone release of Ghost of Tsushima: Legends. It means...

iOS 15 beta 4 fixes lens flare issue on certain photos

iOS 15 is slated to launch soon, and aside from the new features it will deliver, beta testers are also discovering some much-needed fixes that could be released in the upcoming operating system update. In iOS 15 beta 4,...

Toss offers free transactions amid growing online bank competition

Viva Republica would eliminate transaction fees for Toss users starting Monday, as it prepares to launch Toss Bank next month and gears up for growing competition with internet-only banks and other fintech firms. The...

Honor Magic 3 benchmark result hints at the use of Snapdragon 888

The anticipated official launch of Honor Magic 3 is just a few days away, but leaks remain unstoppable. More recently, a Geekbench benchmark test result appeared online, possibly revealing what processing chip will power...
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