Harlan D. Mills Award

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About the Mills Award

About the Harlan D. Mills Award


Currently accepting nominations
Next deadline:  15 October 2017
The award nomination requires a minimum of 3 endorsements.


Established in memory of Harlan D. Mills to recognize researchers and practitioners who have demonstrated long-standing, sustained, and impactful contributions to software engineering practice and research through the development and application of sound theory.  This technical award was first given in 1999. The award consists of a $3,000 honorarium, museum-quality memento, and a possible invited talk during the week of the annual International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), co-sponsored by IEEE Computer Society Technical Council on Software Engineering (TCSE).

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Mills Past Recipients

Past Recipients for the Mills Award

2016 Wolfram Schulte For research and research leadership contributions leading to major theoretical and practical advances in software verification.
2015 Gerard Holzmann For fundamental contributions to improving software quality, in particular through model checking tools and coding standards, and for successfully transferring these contributions to practitioners developing mission-critical software.
2014 Patrick Cousot & Radhia Cousot For the invention of "abstract interpretation", development of tool support, and its practical application.
2012 Lionel Claude Briand For practical and fundamental contributions to Model-based Software Testing and Verification.
2011 John Rushby For practical and fundamental contributions to Software & Hardware Reliability with seminal contributions to computer security, fault tolerance, and formal methods.
2009 Bertrand Meyer For practical and fundamental contributions to object-oriented software engineering, software reuse, and the integration of formal methods into the above.
2007 Bev Littlewood For leading research on the application of rigorous probabilistic and statistical techniques to problems of assessment in software engineering, particularly in systems dependability.
2006 John C. Knight For encouraging software researchers to focus on practical results as well as theory, and for critically analyzing their assumptions and evaluating their research claims.
2004 Elaine Weyuker For leading research on rigorous software testing including industrial evaluations of the comparative effectiveness and costs of such testing methods.
2003 Victor R. Basili For significant contributions to programming languages, program reading and writing, and empirical methods.
2002 Jesse H. Poore For significant contributions to function-based software development and statistical software testing.
2001 Meir (Manny) Lehman For pioneering contributions to the empirical study of software processes and program evolution.
2000 Barry Boehm For development of empirical software engineering models of cost, schedule, and quality.
1999 David Parnas For fundamental contributions to large-scale systems development by establishing software engineering as an engineering discipline.


Mills Subcommittee Chair

2017 Harlan D. Mills Award Subcommittee Chair

Lionel Briand, University of Luxembourg

2017 Harlan Mills Award nominations under review.  
Winner(s) will be announced in the CS Press Room by February-March 2017.
New deadline for 2018 nominations is 15 October 2017


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