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 $1000 honorarium and a plaque for the author, which is presented at the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), and funding support for the recipient to travel to ICSE to receive the award (including a registration to ICSE). A public citation for the award dissertation will be placed on the SIGSOFT web site. The award recipient also receives support for travel to ICSE up to $2500 within their home continent and up to $3000 outside their home continent, including airfare, hotel, and conference registration for ICSE.

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.

If you have questions about this award, please contact sigsoft-dissertation-award (at) acm (dot) org.


2021August Shi, Improving Regression Testing Efficiency and Reliability via Test-Suite Transformations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, advisor: Darko Marinov
2020Rachel Tzoref-Brill, Comprehension and Evolution of Combinatorial Models and Test Plans, Tel Aviv University
2019Sergey Mechtaev, Semantic Program Repair, National University of Singapore;
Honorable Mention: Christoffer Quist Adamsen, Automated Testing Techniques for Event-Driven and Dynamically Typed Software Applications, Aarhus University
2018Fan Long, Automatic Patch Generation via Learning from Successful Human Patches, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2017Srdan Krstic, Trace Checking of Quantitative Properties, Politecnico di Milano
2016Milos Gligoric, Regression Test Selection: Theory and Practice, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Darko Marinov, advisor
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



  • Chris Bird (chair)
  • Andy Zaidman
  • David Lo
  • Gabriele Bavota
  • Mario Linares-Vasquez
  • Paola Spoletini
  • Peter Rigby
  • Venera Arnaoudova
  • Zhi Jin