Bio (circa 2021)

I am the Anita Jones Professor of Computer Science at the University of Virginia, and I am one of the founders of the Laboratory for Engineering Safe Software (LESS Lab). My research aims to build dependable systems through domain-specific analysis techniques. My teaching focuses on instilling cost-effective software development principles.

I am the recipient of an NSF Career Award, an IBM Innovation Award, a Google Faculty Research Award, an FSE Test of Time Award 2018, several ACM SigSoft Distinguished Paper Awards (FSE2006, ICSE2008, ICSE2012, ISSTA2013, ICSE2016), several best paper and distinguished artifacts awards (ESEM2011, IROS2016, ISSTA2017, ISSTA2020), mostly for empirically studying program analysis and software testing challenges, and developing automated techniques for addressing them. My current development and analysis work is focused on autonomous systems.

I served as Program Co-Chair of the 2015 International Conference on Software Engineering, Program Chair for the 2007 International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis, Program Co-Chair for the 2008 Empirical Software Engineering Symposium, Co-Editor for the Information and Software Technology Journal, and as Associate Editor of the ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodologies Journal. I was the Steering Committee Chair for ICSE from 2015-2019. I was recognized as a Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computing Machinery for my contributions to computing, and as a Fellow by the IEEE for my contributions to testing evolving systems.

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Idaho, and a Systems Engineering degree from Universidad Catolica de Cordoba, Argentina. I spent a significant part of my academic career at the University of Nebraska, where I co-founded two international recognized labs, the E2 Software Engineering Lab and the Nimbus Robotics Lab. I have spent my sabbaticals as a research scientist or research fellow at Google (Mountain View, USA), CNR (Pisa, Italy), and UCL (London, UK).

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Sebastian Elbaum
Anita Jones Professor of Computer Science.