University of British Columbia’s Gail Murphy Receives IEEE Computer Society 2018 Harlan D. Mills Award

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 17 January 2018 – Gail Murphy, Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Vice-President Research and Innovation at the University of British Columbia, has been awarded IEEE Computer Society’s 2018 Harlan D. Mills Award.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the ACM, Murphy was recognized “for outstanding research on understanding software-development practices and tools that improve the productivity of developers."

Murphy’s research interests are in improving the productivity of software developers and knowledge workers by giving them tools to identify, manage and coordinate the information that really matters for their work. The part of being a faculty member she enjoys the most is “working with fabulous students.”

Murphy is currently a co-Chair for the Contributing Articles section of Communications of the ACM and a past member of the editorial boards for the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, the ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology and the Empirical Software Engineering journals.

She has also been the recipient of a University of Washington (UW) Computer Science & Engineering Alumni Achievement Award, UW College of Engineering Diamond Alumni Award, a NSERC Steacie Memorial fellowship, the CRA-W Anita Borg Early Career Award, a Killam Research Fellowship from UBC, and the Dahl-Nygaard Junior Prize from AITO. She is also a co-founder and member of the board of Tasktop Technologies Inc.

She has served on numerous program committees for the top conferences in software engineering, including serving as Program Chair for the 2008 ACM SIGSOFT Foundations of Software Engineering Conference (FSE) and as Co-Program Chair for the 2012 International Conference on Software Engineering.

Murphy received a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Computing Science from the University of Alberta in 1987, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington in 1994 and 1996, respectively.

 The Harlan D. Mills Award recognizes researchers and practitioners who have demonstrated long-standing and impactful contributions to software engineering practice and research through the development and application of sound theory.  Further information about the award, including a list of past participants, may be found at

The award consists of a $3,000 honorarium and a museum-quality memento, and the invitation to give a talk during the 33rd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE 2018) on September 7, 2018 in Montpellier, France.


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