IEEE Computer Society TCSE Awards

Current Awards

We are thrilled to announce the winners of IEEE TCSE Awards for 2020 as follows:

2020 IEEE CS TCSE Distinguished Synergy Award

Peking University – Software Engineering Institute (PKU-SEI)

PKU-SEI

In recognition of its high-practice-impact research, and its outstanding model in the SE community of effective partnership between industry and universities. Partnered with its spinoff companies, PKU-SEI has produced substantial impact with a variety of widely used software products being transferred from a research institute to industry. PKU-SEI joint research development and tech transfer partnerships with large industrial partners have also led to PKU-SEI approaches and systems being deployed and used in commercial organisations.


2020 IEEE CS TCSE New Directions Award

Thomas Zimmermann, Microsoft Research

Tom Zimmerman

Ahmed Hassan, Queen’s University

Ahmed Hassan

Through their individual research and then their combined efforts, Dr. Zimmermann and Dr. Hassan helped establish the field of mining software repositories (MSR) and, later, a successful conference series with the same name. They recognized far back in the early 2000s that software repositories are a valuable source of data to help learn about software engineering processes and developed new innovative solutions for mining that data to improve developer productivity and software quality. Thanks to their efforts, the use of analytics and data science in software engineering has become popular and many researchers worldwide followed their direction. The work of Dr. Zimmermann and Dr. Hassan also affected software engineering practice, where practitioners learned from this research and applied it in their work to inform the development of engineering tools and processes. In summary, Dr. Zimmermann and Dr. Hassan moved software engineering into a new direction through their (1) technical contributions, (2) the creation of a highly successful conference series and community, and (3) their impact on practice over the past years.


2020 IEEE CS TCSE Distinguished Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Leadership Award

Jo Atlee, University of Waterloo

Jo Atlee

Jo Atlee in recognition for her extensive contributions to software engineering and software engineering education, her exemplary mentorship role as the Director of Women in Computer Science (WiCS) at University of Waterloo, and her remarkable efforts promoting diversity and increasing the number of women and other underrepresented groups in software engineering and computer science.


2020 IEEE CS TCSE Distinguished Service Award

Tao Xie, Peking University

Tao Xie

Tao Xie in recognition of his extensive service to the software engineering community in his many roles in major software engineering conferences (ICSE, ISSTA, ICSME, FSE, MSR), journals (co-EiC STVR, AE of IEEE TSE, AB IEEE Software) and volunteer associations, his organization of software engineering research seminars, schools and workshops (Dagstuhl and Shonan), and his contributions to the software engineering research community in China.


2020 IEEE CS TCSE Rising Star Award

Mike Papadakis, University of Luxembourg

Mike Papadakis

Mike Papadakis has an outstanding research record and has made important contributions to Mutation Testing. He has demonstrated through several fruitful collaborations with companies of various sizes (SMEs, BNP-Paribas, Paypal, Facebook, Google) and diverse application domains, that he translates his software testing research into actionable, effective and scalable solutions. In addition, he has held leading positions in important conferences and has obtained substantial research grants.


Awards History

Software Center – Chalmers University, Sweden The Software Center was formed in 2011 as a collaboration around large scale software engineering with Ericsson, AB Volvo, Volvo Car Corporation, Saab Electronic Defence Systems, University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology as founding partners. Today, the center has 11 partner companies…
Bernd Bruegge – Technical University of Munich, Germany Prof. Bruegge has contributed to software engineering education for three decades with his pioneering leadership in education. He has been offering project courses and capstone courses in software engineering regularly for 30 years at TUM and CMU and has been invited to…
Barbara Kitchenham – Keele University, UK Professor Kitchenham has long been a champion for methodological rigour in the conduct of software engineering research, and founded the international field of evidence-based software engineering with its use of the systematic review, as a means of strengthening the quality of research findings in…
LERO – Limerick, Ireland Lero’s outstanding collaborative research (spanning universities and industry), Lero’s strong track record of research commercialization and technology transfer (e.g., 39 Patents, 26 Invention Disclosures, 8 Commercial Licences, and two spin-offs: Logentries and Nova Leah), Lero’s unique Professional Doctoral Engineering (PDEng) program enhancing industry and community capabilities,…
Václav Rajlich Wayne State University Detroit, USA Not only a most active researcher in software evolution, Václav Rajlich founded the IEEE International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC) and pioneered the IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME), two of the oldest conferences in their field, with high and…
Tom Zimmerman – Microsoft Research, USA Tom Zimmerman’s leadership role in all the major software engineering conferences (ICSE, ICSME, FSE, ASE, and MSR), his tremendous amount of commitment to software engineering research (e.g., through organizing many workshops and Dagstuhl seminars), and his significant professional services (e.g., the EiC of the…
Carlo Ghezzi – Politecnico di Milano, Italy Carlo Ghezzi’s pioneering leadership in education for four decades (e.g., through the development of a curriculum in software engineering in the mid 1980’s, his famous software engineering text book published in 1991) and his exceptional mentorship for many graduate students who became the…
Barbara Ryder – Virginia Tech, USA Barbara Ryder’s pioneering leadership in education over three decades to the fields of Programming Languages and Software Engineering (e.g., through her foundational work on pointer alias analysis, dataflow analysis, and effective code instrumentation), her exceptional advocacy and enduring mentorship for women at all levels…
Presented to Vio Onut representing IBM CAS BM CAS, founded at the IBM Toronto Lab, has initiated and sustained software engineering research partnerships for over 25 years. Its steady efforts with the CASCON annual conference has fostered a large, diverse, and vibrant research community, leading to collaborative projects, innovative technology,…
David Garlan Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, USA David Garlan led the evolution of the Carnegie Mellon University Master of Software Engineering program, which has become a significant influence in curriculum guidelines endorsed by ACM, IEEE CS, and INCOSE. This program is an international benchmark, inspiring many similar efforts. He established…
Mary Shaw Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, USA Beyond Mary Shaw’s sustained leadership and excellence in software engineering education over four decades, she has been an outstanding role model for women at all levels in science, engineering, and technology. Her keynotes at numerous events, such as at ICSE and the Grace…
Presented to Microsoft Research Redmond, USA In recognition of their worldwide impact on software engineering research for the past 25 years, their role as an open research institution that influenced hundreds of students and faculty members every year, their collaborations with academia toward common research goals, their research artifacts in…
Paul Klint CWI Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Hausi A. Müller University of Victoria Victoria, Canada In recognition of his consistent and outstanding contributions to the software engineering research and professional community in over three decades, his service on various IEEE CS boards, his organization of top software engineering conferences, and his founding of organizations that brought researchers,…
Nancy Mead Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Pittsburgh, USA
Timothy C. Lethbridge University of Ottawa Ottawa, Canada In recognition of his outstanding contributions to software engineering education through leadership roles in curriculum development, his dissemination of software engineering education ideas through conferences and committees, his chairing of the CSEET steering committee, and his advancing of software engineering education through…
Eleni Stroulia University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada In recognition of her strong advocacy and enduring mentorship for women at all levels in science, engineering, and technology through a wide array of activities (e.g., in WISEST, high-school outreach, summer camps) and her initiative in organizing communities of individuals dedicated to promote…
Fraunhofer Institute Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) Kaiserslautern, Germany
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