May 19, 2024

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LAURELS: Awards Bolster Computer Scientist’s Legacy



  • Prem Devanbu, College of Engineering
  • John Harvey, Faculty of Engineering
  • Isaya Kisekka, School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and University of Engineering
  • Zhongli Pan, University of Engineering
  • Megan Dennis, School of Medication
  • Sabbie Miller, College of Engineering
  • Brett Poulin, School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Prem Devanbu

Two awards declared a short while ago for UC Davis’ Prem Devanbu aid determine his legacy as a computer system scientist.

To start with, he is amongst the recipients of 2022 Alexander von Humboldt Research Awards, offered by Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to globe-renowned scientists from all disciplines whose elementary discoveries, theories and results have had a long lasting impact on their fields.

Next, he and his co-authors been given the Most Influential Paper Award from the 2022 Intercontinental Convention on Computer software Engineering, for “On the Naturalness of Software,” published in 2012.

“It is not usually that study is carried out that alterations the study course of a subject,” laptop science professor Gail Murphy of the College of British Columbia wrote in a 2016 complex perspective on the paper. “The demonstration by the authors that program is pure and that statistical language styles utilize basically opens up new ways to creating scalable, beneficial program advancement applications.”


Devanbu joined the Section of Personal computer Science, Faculty 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 former university student Mark Gabe.

The paper describes their discovery of the striking parallels between source code and human language, acquiring that, like language, code was extremely repetitive and predictable — even extra so than English. This opened up an totally new space of investigation in the industry, and he has devoted his vocation because then to discovering the implications.

Like all recipients of Alexander von Humboldt Exploration Awards, Devabu has been invited to Germany as a checking out scholar. He will collaborate with Professor Michael Pradel at the University of Stuttgart on bettering deep neural styles of code, and with Sven Apel and Andreas Zeller at the College of Saarland on bimodal experiments to research system knowledge.

The Alexander von Humboldt Basis, named after the German character researcher and explorer, aims to fortify Germany as a research locale by international educational exchange and by supporting Humboldt fellows and award winners all through their life and careers.

John Harvey

John Harvey, professor, Office of Civil and Environmental Engineering, not long ago acquired the American Society of Civil Engineers’ James Laurie Prize, named immediately after the society’s first president and awarded for contributions to the progression of transportation engineering.

Harvey is the director of the UC Pavement Study Centre and earlier chair of the Transportation Technological innovation and Coverage Graduate Group. He teaches concrete and flexible pavement structure and rehabilitation, asphalt concrete supplies and challenge administration.

The Pavement Investigate Center has an ongoing Caltrans-sponsored project (Partnered Pavement Study Heart) for investigate and development of a vast vary of pavement technological innovation, and also functions with federal companies and market.

Isaya Kisekka, remaining, and Zhongli Pan

The American Modern society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers declared it will present two of its big awards to UC Davis professors through the society’s 2022 intercontinental conference, July 17-20, in Houston:

  • Isaya Kisekka, affiliate professor, Division of Land, Air and H2o Methods, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Office of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of Engineering — Netafim Award for Breakthroughs in Microirrigation, recognizing excellence in investigation, progress, extension, education or marketplace. Kisekka’s study focuses on creating management tactics and technologies to support farmers optimize efficiency and net profitability beneath constrained h2o when exerting minimum unfavorable impacts on the surroundings.
  • Zhongli Pan, adjunct professor, Section of Organic and Agricultural Engineering— Global Meals Engineering Award, recognizing sizeable contributions in investigation, improvement or the design of food procedures. The award also acknowledges outstanding leadership, management and education and learning in the meals engineering profession. Pan’s group develops new procedures and technologies to make handling and processing crops like fruit, nuts, greens and grains far more sustainable when enhancing performance, good quality and basic safety. In distinct, his research team is recognised for its modern perform working with infrared heating know-how for peeling, blanching, roasting, drying and disinfecting foodstuff merchandise.

From remaining: Megan Dennis, Sabbie Miller and Brett Poulin

The Nationwide Science Foundation not long ago awarded Vocation grants to a few UC Davis college members.

Job is shorthand for the Faculty Early Vocation Advancement Software, which describes the awards as the NSF’s most prestigious in assistance of faculty customers commencing their impartial occupations and “who have the possible to provide as academic purpose designs in investigate and education and learning and to direct developments in the mission of their department or corporation.”

Right here are the 3 most recent UC Davis recipients, each outlined with the title of the research project for which they been given their Vocation grant and an excerpt from the challenge summary:

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