Sunday, 28 October 2007

OOPSLA: Student Research Competition

One of the most interesting things I did at OOPSLA was be one of the three judges for the ACM Student Research Competition. A while back we refereed 20 paper submissions, which we narrowed down to 7. These 7 had posters in the OOPSLA poster session. From these 7 we narrowed it down to 5 who gave the judges a 10 minute presentation with 5 minutes of questions. After that the judges had a very spirited debate to decide on the following:

  • 3rd place "Activating Refactorings Faster" by Emerson Murphy-Hill.
  • 2nd place "Flexible Ownership Domain Annotations for Expressing and Visualizing Design Intent" by Marwan Abi-Antoun.
  • 1st place "Code Genie: A Tool for Test-Driven Source Code Search" by Otavio Lemos, Sushil Bajracharya, and Joel Ossher.

Congratulations to all of these students. We had a very difficult job deciding the positions. The quality of all the posters and presentations was extremely high - I don't think any of us (the judges) expected quite such a wonderful show! This shows that some of the very best students are broadly in the OOPSLA field, which is a very healthy thing for OOPSLA.

Thanks go to Nadyne Mielke for organizing the competition.

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