LAURELS: Awards Bolster Computer Scientist’s Legacy



  • Prem Devanbu, College or university of Engineering
  • John Harvey, School of Engineering
  • Isaya Kisekka, University of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Engineering
  • Zhongli Pan, School of Engineering
  • Megan Dennis, School of Medication
  • Sabbie Miller, College or university of Engineering
  • Brett Poulin, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Prem Devanbu

Two awards introduced recently for UC Davis’ Prem Devanbu assist outline his legacy as a personal computer scientist.

1st, he is among the recipients of 2022 Alexander von Humboldt Study Awards, offered by Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Basis to planet-renowned researchers from all disciplines whose essential discoveries, theories and findings have experienced a long lasting impact on their fields.

Next, he and his co-authors been given the Most Influential Paper Award from the 2022 Worldwide Conference on Program Engineering, for “On the Naturalness of Software package,” printed in 2012.

“It is not generally that study is carried out that changes the program of a industry,” computer system science professor Gail Murphy of the University of British Columbia wrote in a 2016 technical standpoint on the paper. “The demonstration by the authors that program is all-natural and that statistical language styles apply basically opens up new methods to making scalable, valuable program improvement resources.”

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Devanbu joined the Division of Computer system Science, University of Engineering, as an assistant professor in 1998 and was named a distinguished professor in 2021. He wrote “On the Naturalness of Software” with school colleague Zhendong Su, postdoctoral scholars Abram Hindle and Earl Barr, and previous university student Mark Gabe.

The paper describes their discovery of the putting parallels between source code and human language, obtaining that, like language, code was highly repetitive and predictable — even additional so than English. This opened up an solely new region of investigate in the field, and he has devoted his profession due to the fact then to exploring the implications.

Like all recipients of Alexander von Humboldt Study Awards, Devabu has been invited to Germany as a browsing scholar. He will collaborate with Professor Michael Pradel at the University of Stuttgart on enhancing deep neural types of code, and with Sven Apel and Andreas Zeller at the University of Saarland on bimodal experiments to analyze plan knowledge.

The Alexander von Humboldt Basis, named right after the German mother nature researcher and explorer, aims to bolster Germany as a study area through global academic exchange and by supporting Humboldt fellows and award winners through their lives and professions.

John Harvey

John Harvey, professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, lately acquired the American Culture of Civil Engineers’ James Laurie Prize, named immediately after the society’s very first president and awarded for contributions to the development of transportation engineering.

Harvey is the director of the UC Pavement Investigation Center and earlier chair of the Transportation Technology and Plan Graduate Group. He teaches concrete and versatile pavement layout and rehabilitation, asphalt concrete elements and venture administration.

The Pavement Analysis Heart has an ongoing Caltrans-sponsored project (Partnered Pavement Investigate Center) for investigate and improvement of a extensive assortment of pavement technologies, and also functions with federal agencies and sector.

Isaya Kisekka, left, and Zhongli Pan

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers introduced it will existing two of its major awards to UC Davis professors all through the society’s 2022 global assembly, July 17-20, in Houston:

  • Isaya Kisekka, associate professor, Division of Land, Air and Water Assets, School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Department of Organic and Agricultural Engineering, College or university of Engineering — Netafim Award for Breakthroughs in Microirrigation, recognizing excellence in analysis, growth, extension, schooling or field. Kisekka’s analysis focuses on producing administration methods and technologies to enable farmers improve productiveness and net profitability under confined h2o whilst exerting least damaging impacts on the natural environment.
  • Zhongli Pan, adjunct professor, Department of Organic and Agricultural Engineering— Global Foods Engineering Award, recognizing considerable contributions in investigate, improvement or the design of foodstuff processes. The award also recognizes fantastic management, administration and training in the food stuff engineering job. Pan’s team develops new tactics and systems to make dealing with and processing crops like fruit, nuts, vegetables and grains additional sustainable though boosting effectiveness, high quality and safety. In certain, his exploration team is acknowledged for its innovative operate using infrared heating technology for peeling, blanching, roasting, drying and disinfecting food solutions.

From remaining: Megan Dennis, Sabbie Miller and Brett Poulin

The Nationwide Science Basis not long ago awarded Career grants to a few UC Davis school customers.

Profession is shorthand for the Faculty Early Profession Enhancement System, which describes the awards as the NSF’s most prestigious in assistance of school members beginning their unbiased occupations and “who have the opportunity to serve as tutorial role designs in analysis and training and to guide developments in the mission of their section or business.”

Listed here are the 3 most modern UC Davis recipients, each and every outlined with the title of the investigate venture for which they received their Career grant and an excerpt from the task summary:

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