Andre Arcuri står i halvfigur mot trappegelender
Kristiania-professoren Andrea Arcuri og kan glede seg over å motta prestisjefull pris innenfor feltet "software engineering."Foto: Kristiania

The annual awards are organized by ACM Sigsoft in several categories related to software development. Andrea Arcuri won in the "Impact Paper Award" category along with Gordon Fraser. Together, they wrote the article "EvoSuite: Automatic Test Suite Generation for Object-Oriented Software" in 2011.

 – This was one of the first in a series of articles related to a new research tool we developed over a decade with several students and postdoctoral fellows. The tool was used in hundreds of scientific articles by researchers around the world, says Arcuri.

Automated software testing

ACM Sigsoft is a leading international organization in software technology research and in the software field. Since its establishment in 1976, it has grown to become one of the most recognized in its field.

 – It has been 12 years since the article came out, what are you currently researching on?

 – My current work is directly related to the article from 2011. At that time, we focused on a specific area within software testing called unit testing. Now we use these lessons to solve more complex and challenging research problems within software testing, called system testing, says the professor.

 – How would you describe your research field to make it understandable to those of us who are not developers or programmers?

 – Most of us have experienced using a computer program, a mobile app, or a website that crashed, didn't work, or gave incorrect results. Our research aims to solve such problems by automatically finding software errors before the software is made available to the public, he explains.

 – Artificial intelligence (AI) is on everyone's lips these days. How has the new AI revolution made itself felt in your field?

 – We have been using AI in software development for almost 50 years, it is not new to us. The difference from then until now is that the research community has achieved results with practical significance for the public, says Arcuri.

Proud Dean

Dean and professor at the School of Economics, Innovation, and Technology, Tor-Morten Grønli, is proud to have a researcher like Andrea Arcuri on staff.

 – We are very proud to have a researcher with us who has received such a prestigious prize. It is a confirmation that we have competent employees who work hard to achieve their goals and make important contributions to their fields. Hopefully, it also inspires all other colleagues to continue working hard to achieve international recognition, says Grønli.