LAURELS: Awards Bolster Computer Scientist’s Legacy




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

Prem Devanbu

Two awards introduced just lately for UC Davis’ Prem Devanbu assist determine his legacy as a laptop scientist.

Initially, he is amongst the recipients of 2022 Alexander von Humboldt Exploration Awards, supplied by Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to globe-renowned researchers from all disciplines whose elementary discoveries, theories and results have had a lasting influence on their fields.

Next, he and his co-authors been given the Most Influential Paper Award from the 2022 International Conference on Program Engineering, for “On the Naturalness of Application,” revealed in 2012.

“It is not usually that exploration is conducted that modifications the study course of a discipline,” computer system science professor Gail Murphy of the University of British Columbia wrote in a 2016 technological perspective on the paper. “The demonstration by the authors that software program is pure and that statistical language designs use fundamentally opens up new methods to creating scalable, handy software improvement instruments.”

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Devanbu joined the Department of Laptop Science, School of Engineering, as an assistant professor in 1998 and was named a distinguished professor in 2021. He wrote “On the Naturalness of Software” with school colleague Zhendong Su, postdoctoral students Abram Hindle and Earl Barr, and previous college student Mark Gabe.

The paper describes their discovery of the hanging parallels among supply code and human language, finding that, like language, code was hugely repetitive and predictable — even much more so than English. This opened up an totally new area of investigation in the discipline, and he has devoted his profession considering that then to exploring the implications.

Like all recipients of Alexander von Humboldt Exploration Awards, Devabu has been invited to Germany as a viewing scholar. He will collaborate with Professor Michael Pradel at the University of Stuttgart on enhancing deep neural models of code, and with Sven Apel and Andreas Zeller at the College of Saarland on bimodal experiments to analyze system being familiar with.

The Alexander von Humboldt Basis, named right after the German nature researcher and explorer, aims to reinforce Germany as a research locale by worldwide educational exchange and by supporting Humboldt fellows and award winners during their life and careers.

John Harvey

John Harvey, professor, Division of Civil and Environmental Engineering, lately acquired the American Culture of Civil Engineers’ James Laurie Prize, named soon after the society’s very first president and awarded for contributions to the development of transportation engineering.

Harvey is the director of the UC Pavement Study Center and past chair of the Transportation Technological know-how and Plan Graduate Group. He teaches concrete and adaptable pavement design and rehabilitation, asphalt concrete elements and challenge administration.

The Pavement Study Heart has an ongoing Caltrans-sponsored task (Partnered Pavement Study Center) for investigation and growth of a huge variety of pavement technological innovation, and also performs with federal businesses and field.

Isaya Kisekka, remaining, and Zhongli Pan

The American Modern society of Agricultural and Organic Engineers declared it will current two of its key awards to UC Davis professors in the course of the society’s 2022 international assembly, July 17-20, in Houston:

  • Isaya Kisekka, affiliate professor, Section of Land, Air and Drinking water Means, College or university of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Department of Organic and Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering — Netafim Award for Breakthroughs in Microirrigation, recognizing excellence in analysis, growth, extension, training or business. Kisekka’s investigation focuses on producing management procedures and systems to aid farmers improve productiveness and web profitability under restricted h2o while exerting minimum amount detrimental impacts on the natural environment.
  • Zhongli Pan, adjunct professor, Office of Biological and Agricultural Engineering— Intercontinental Food Engineering Award, recognizing substantial contributions in investigate, enhancement or the design of food items processes. The award also acknowledges remarkable leadership, management and instruction in the food stuff engineering job. Pan’s group develops new approaches and technologies to make dealing with and processing crops like fruit, nuts, greens and grains additional sustainable when enhancing effectiveness, good quality and security. In distinct, his investigation team is identified for its modern do the job using infrared heating know-how for peeling, blanching, roasting, drying and disinfecting foodstuff solutions.

From remaining: Megan Dennis, Sabbie Miller and Brett Poulin

The Countrywide Science Basis recently awarded Occupation grants to three UC Davis faculty users.

Job is shorthand for the School Early Profession Improvement Software, which describes the awards as the NSF’s most prestigious in help of college associates beginning their independent occupations and “who have the potential to provide as educational purpose types in analysis and instruction and to guide innovations in the mission of their division or organization.”

Here are the a few most latest UC Davis recipients, each individual stated with the title of the investigation venture for which they obtained their Occupation grant and an excerpt from the undertaking summary:

Dateline UC Davis welcomes information of college and workers awards, for publication in Laurels. Send out information to [email protected].


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