Perception and acceptance of an autonomous refactoring bot
Paper i proceeding, 2020

The use of autonomous bots for automatic support in software development tasks is increasing. In the past, however, they were not always perceived positively and sometimes experienced a negative bias compared to their human counterparts. We conducted a qualitative study in which we deployed an autonomous refactoring bot for 41 days in a student software development project. In between and at the end, we conducted semi-structured interviews to find out how developers perceive the bot and whether they are more or less critical when reviewing the contributions of a bot compared to human contributions. Our findings show that the bot was perceived as a useful and unobtrusive contributor, and developers were no more critical of it than they were about their human colleagues, but only a few team members felt responsible for the bot.

Software Bot

Software Engineering

Collaborative Development

Human Agent Interaction



Marvin Wyrich

Universität Stuttgart

Regina Hebig

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering, Software Engineering for Testing, Requirements, Innovation and Psychology

Stefan Wagner

Universität Stuttgart

Riccardo Subiaco

Chalmers, Rymd-, geo- och miljövetenskap, Energiteknik

ICAART 2020 - Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence

Vol. 1 303-310

12th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, ICAART 2020
Valletta, Malta,


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