Carnegie Mellon University
May 04, 2020

Le Goues Receives SIGSOFT Early Career Award

By Josh Quicksall

ISR faculty member, Claire Le Goues, recently received the Early Career Research Award from the ACM Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT).

Founded in 1976, SigSoft is among the premier professional organizations for software engineering researchers in the world. Focusing on issues related to all aspects of software development and maintenance, the organization sponsors numerous conferences and events, in addition to publication of it’s quarterly newsletter, Software Engineering Notes.

The Early Career Researcher Award is presented annually during the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) and serves to recognize researchers who have made outstanding contributions in the area of software engineering as an early career investigator.

Le Goues’ work concerns how to construct, maintain, evolve, improve/debug, and assure high-quality software systems. A faculty member since 2013, her most widely circulated work calls for automated bug fixing, which involves the use of AI to repair software without any human intervention.

Le Goues’, who also co-directs the Research Experience for Undergraduates in Software Engineering (REUSE) program, was cited for her “service to the software engineering research community” as well as her “groundbreaking work on automated program repair and impact on industrial practice,” the SIGSOFT awards committee noted.

ISR Director, Jim Herbsleb, believes the recognition of Le Goues’ work couldn’t come at a more fitting time. Noting that the modern growth of - and reliance upon - critical software far outpaces current maintenance methods and tools, Herbsleb is concerned that we will soon be faced with a technical talent bottleneck. “Claire’s work on automated bug repair represents one of the most promising paths forward. It would not only vastly improve the efficiency of development and upkeep, but would free up technical talent to pursue the new software that will fundamentally reshape our world.”

Le Goues is also the recipient of numerous past awards, including the 2019 ICSE Most Influential Paper, a SIGEVO Impact Award, multiple ACM Distinguished paper awards, and a 2018 NSF CAREER award.