Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

The SIGSOFT Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award is presented annually to the author of an outstanding doctoral dissertation in the area of Software Engineering. The author of the winning dissertation will be invited to publish a dissertation summary in the SIGSOFT newsletter, Software Engineering Notes (SEN). The award includes a plaque for the author, which is presented at the Foundations of Software Engineering conference (FSE), and funding support for the recipient to travel to FSE to receive the award (including a registration to FSE). A public citation for the award dissertation will be placed on the SIGSOFT web site. The award recipient also receives support for travel to FSE up to $2500 within their home continent and up to $3000 outside their home continent, including airfare, hotel, and conference registration for FSE.

The award is for an outstanding dissertation (in software engineering) dated within one year preceding the nomination due date. A nominee must be a SIGSOFT member at the time of nomination.

To submit a nomination for the award, please use the awards nomination portal. Nominations are due no later than December 15 of each year.


2015Muath Alkhalaf, Automatic Detection and Repair of Input Validation and Sanitization Bugs, University of California, Santa Barbara, Tevfik Bultan, advisor
2014Nicolas Mangano, Calico: An early-phase software design tool, University of California, Irvine, André van der Hoek, advisor
2013Jeff Huang, Effective Methods for Debugging Concurrent Software, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Charles Zhang, advisor
2012Mark Gabel, Inferring Programmer Intent and Related Errors from Software, University of California, Davis, Zhendong Su, advisor