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Software Engineering: Professors Antoniol and Khomh Receive Award for Most Influential Article of the Decade

February 18, 2021 - Source : NEWS

Full Professors Foutse Khomh and Giuliano Antoniol (Department of Computer and Software Engineering) are just two of the article’s authors who will be celebrated for their achievement during the Software Analysis, Evolution, and Reengineering (SANER) virtual conference in 2021, hosted by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Les professeurs Antoniol et Khomh récipiendaires d’un prix de l’article le plus influent de la décennie
Professors Giuliano Antoniol and Foutse Khomh.

Entitled “An Empirical Study of the Impact of Antipatterns, Blob and Spaghetti Code, on Program Comprehension” the publication earned the accolade of Best Article in March 2011 at the 15th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering. The latter conference has since been combined with another, to become the Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering Conference, also known as SANER.

An empirical study was the basis for the article, which sought to determine whether the appearance of antipatterns affected developers’ understanding in object-oriented systems, during comprehension and maintenance tasks. A series of experiments collected data about developers’ performance on basic tasks related to program understanding and assessed the impact of "Blob" and "Spaghetti Code" antipatterns and their combinations.

When the article was written, Foutse Khomh was a doctoral student at the Université de Montréal under the supervision of then-Associate Professor Yann-Gaël Guéhéneuc, another of the article’s authors. Marwen Abbes, who was at the time a Master's student, was among the scientific publication’s authors as well.

Numerous honours

Presented in March as part of the SANER 2021 virtual conference, the award for Most Influential Article of the Decade will be the second such career honor for Giuliano Antoniol, and the fourth for Foutse Khomh.

In 2018, Professors Antoniol and Khomh received an award for Best Article of the Decade at the Annual International Conference on Computer and Software Engineering (CASCON) for their publication “Is it a Bug or an Enhancement? A Text-based Approach to Classify Change Requests.”
Foutse Khomh has also won two other Best Article of the Decade awards, namely at the IEEE’s SANER 2019 conference for his 2009 publication “An Exploratory Study of the Impact of Code Smells on Software Change-proneness” and then again in 2018, at the SANER 2018 conference for his 2008 article entitled “Do design patterns impact software quality positively?”

Congratulations to Professors Antoniol and Khomh!

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Award-winning article (subscription required): “An Empirical Study of the Impact of Antipatterns, Blob and Spaghetti Code, on Program Comprehension”  
Professor Giuliano Antoniol expertise
Professor Foutse Khomh expertise
Department of Computer and Software Engineering website
SANER 2021 Virtual Conference website


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