An Inria engineer receives the ACM SIGSOFT Impact Paper Award
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In 2018 Stéphane Glondu, research engineer in the SED (Experimentation and Development department), received the “Impact Paper Award” from ACM SIGSOFT, which recognises work he carried out 13 years ago whilst still an intern at the University of California, Davis.
The Impact Paper Award is a prize that recognises work having had a major scientific impact, awarded by the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) - an American learned society in computer science with numerous interest groups, including SIGSOFT on software engineering. In order to be awarded this prize, the work must have a scientific impact, have been cited on numerous occasions over the last 10 years and continue to be cited.
Stéphane won this prize with the help of his three partners at the time: Lingxiao Jiang, who is currently a professor at the University of Management in Singapore; Zhendong Su, currently professor at ETH Zurich and Ghassan Misherghi, who is now working at Google.
Their work focussed on the detection of cloned source codes. To do this, they reveal a method to detect these clones by applying it within software they named Deckard, in reference to the main character in the SF film “Blade Runner”, who hunts down robotic human clones.
During his training at the graduate school ENS Cachan (near Paris), he had the opportunity of doing an internship at the University of California, Davis, where he worked on the detection of cloned codes. It was the work carried out at this time that led him to receive the ACM SIGSOFT award 13 years later. Following this internship, he did a thesis on the Coq proof assistant at Paris Diderot University. He joined Inria as an experienced engineer within the Caramel team, then moved to SED and his current position as research engineer, where he has been since 2014.