Lionel Briand Named Winner of 2012 Mills Award

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 10 January, 2012 – Software verification, validation, and testing researcher Lionel Briand, a former IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering board member, has been named the winner of the 2012 Harlan D. Mills Award.

The Mills Award recognizes researchers and practitioners who have demonstrated longstanding contributions to information science theory and practice, focusing on applying sound theory to software engineering practice. Briand was recognized "for practical and fundamental contributions to model-based software testing and verification.”

Former head of the Certus software verification and validation center at Simula Research Laboratory in Oslo, Norway, Briand recently became scientific director of the new software verification and validation laboratory at University of Luxembourg’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT). The new laboratory is supported by a PEARL grant from the Luxembourg research fund (FNR).

At Simula’s Certus software verification and validation center, Briand led and conducted research in close collaboration with industrial partners. Before that, he was a systems and computer engineering professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and held the Canada Research Chair in Software Quality Engineering.

Briand was the first software quality engineering department head at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering in Germany, and worked as a research scientist for the Software Engineering Laboratory, a consortium of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Computer Sciences Corp., and the University of Maryland.

He has served on the program, steering, or organization committees of many international, IEEE and ACM conferences, and will be 2014 program co-chair of the International Conference of Software Engineering (ICSE).
Briand is coeditor-in-chief of Empirical Software Engineering (Springer) and is a member of the editorial boards of Systems and Software Modeling (Springer) and Software Testing, Verification, and Reliability (Wiley). He was on the board of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering from 2000 to 2004.

Briand was elevated to the grade of IEEE Fellow for his work on the testing of object-oriented systems. His research interests include: model-driven development, testing and verification, search-based software engineering, and empirical software engineering.

The award consists of a $3,000 honorarium, memento, and a invitation to present at ICSE in 2012. Co-sponsored by IEEE Computer Society Technical Council on Software Engineering (TCSE), ICSE will be held from 2-9 June, 2012, in Zurich, Switzerland.

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