Carnegie Mellon Students Take Top Honors at OOPSLA

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Carnegie Mellon software engineering PhD students advised by Jonathan Aldrich were big winners this fall at the International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications (OOPSLA) in Nashville.

In the doctoral symposium, Ciera Jaspan was selected as the first recipient of the John Vlissides Award, a $2,000 prize that will be presented annually to a student in the doctoral symposum showing significant promise in applied software research. Jaspan's presentation, "Checking Framework Interactions with Relationships," highlighted a new relationship abstraction that captures how different objects in a framework are related to each other and the framework-specific constraints on how developers use them.

In the OOPSLA student research competition, Kevin Bierhoff won first prize for work related to his Plural system, which allows developers to specify ordering constraints on calls to an object-oriented library and then checks that clients of a library meet those constraints. Marwan Abi-Antoun, whose research focuses on extracting and checking the run-time software architecture of object-oriented programs, won third prize. Carnegie Mellon students have made strong showings at OOPSLA in the past, with Uri Dekel taking second in 2005 and George Fairbanks (PhD 2007) winning the top student research prize in 2006.

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