LAURELS: Awards Bolster Computer Scientist’s Legacy



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

Prem Devanbu

Two awards introduced recently for UC Davis’ Prem Devanbu enable outline his legacy as a laptop scientist.

First, he is among the the recipients of 2022 Alexander von Humboldt Exploration Awards, specified by Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to entire world-renowned researchers from all disciplines whose essential discoveries, theories and conclusions have experienced a lasting result on their fields.

Next, he and his co-authors received the Most Influential Paper Award from the 2022 Intercontinental Conference on Software package Engineering, for “On the Naturalness of Application,” posted in 2012.

“It is not generally that investigate is carried out that adjustments the study course of a area,” computer system science professor Gail Murphy of the College of British Columbia wrote in a 2016 technological standpoint on the paper. “The demonstration by the authors that software package is normal and that statistical language versions implement essentially opens up new ways to developing scalable, valuable software development instruments.”

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Devanbu joined the Division of Personal computer Science, Faculty of Engineering, as an assistant professor in 1998 and was named a distinguished professor in 2021. He wrote “On the Naturalness of Software” with faculty colleague Zhendong Su, postdoctoral scholars Abram Hindle and Earl Barr, and former pupil Mark Gabe.

The paper describes their discovery of the placing parallels among supply code and human language, locating that, like language, code was really repetitive and predictable — even a lot more so than English. This opened up an fully new area of research in the discipline, and he has devoted his occupation considering the fact that then to discovering the implications.

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

The Alexander von Humboldt Basis, named just after the German character researcher and explorer, aims to reinforce Germany as a research area by global tutorial exchange and by supporting Humboldt fellows and award winners through their lives and careers.

John Harvey

John Harvey, professor, Office of Civil and Environmental Engineering, not too long ago gained the American Culture of Civil Engineers’ James Laurie Prize, named right after the society’s first president and awarded for contributions to the progression of transportation engineering.

Harvey is the director of the UC Pavement Research Middle and earlier chair of the Transportation Engineering and Coverage Graduate Group. He teaches concrete and versatile pavement layout and rehabilitation, asphalt concrete elements and venture administration.

The Pavement Investigation Centre has an ongoing Caltrans-sponsored task (Partnered Pavement Analysis Centre) for exploration and growth of a large array of pavement technological know-how, and also will work with federal companies and field.

Isaya Kisekka, still left, and Zhongli Pan

The American Culture of Agricultural and Biological Engineers introduced it will existing two of its main awards to UC Davis professors throughout the society’s 2022 international conference, July 17-20, in Houston:

  • Isaya Kisekka, associate professor, Department of Land, Air and Drinking water Sources, School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Section of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering — Netafim Award for Progress in Microirrigation, recognizing excellence in investigate, development, extension, training or marketplace. Kisekka’s analysis focuses on acquiring management strategies and systems to assist farmers optimize productivity and net profitability under restricted h2o when exerting minimum amount detrimental impacts on the setting.
  • Zhongli Pan, adjunct professor, Office of Organic and Agricultural Engineering— Global Foods Engineering Award, recognizing sizeable contributions in exploration, improvement or the style and design of foodstuff processes. The award also recognizes remarkable leadership, administration and education in the foods engineering job. Pan’s team develops new strategies and technologies to make dealing with and processing crops like fruit, nuts, veggies and grains much more sustainable whilst boosting efficiency, high-quality and security. In specific, his study team is recognized for its progressive work using infrared heating know-how for peeling, blanching, roasting, drying and disinfecting food stuff products.

From remaining: Megan Dennis, Sabbie Miller and Brett Poulin

The National Science Basis lately awarded Career grants to 3 UC Davis faculty associates.

Occupation is shorthand for the College Early Job Progress Program, which describes the awards as the NSF’s most prestigious in aid of faculty associates commencing their independent occupations and “who have the likely to provide as tutorial job designs in investigate and instruction and to lead innovations in the mission of their department or group.”

Right here are the 3 most recent UC Davis recipients, each and every stated with the title of the exploration task for which they been given their Profession grant and an excerpt from the challenge abstract:

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