David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science professor Michael Godfrey and alumnus Cory Kasper (PhD, 2009) have been awarded most influential paper from Working Conference on Reverse Engineering (WCRE) and the European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering (CSMR), for their 2006 paper "Cloning considered harmful" considered harmful (PDF).
The award will be presented at the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution, and Reengineering — a conference which was created in 2014 by combining WCRE and CSMR — in Osaka, Japan.
"It’s great to know that our work on the benefits of copy-paste as a software design practice is still influencing the evolving world of software engineering research," said Godfrey in an email about the award.
Each year one or more papers published in WCRE and CSMR in the 10 years before are chosen for the award. These papers are ones that have had a significant impact on the theory of practice of software analysis, evolution, and reengineering. The selection is performed by the SANER 2016 program committee members, following a two-phase process consisting of nominations of top cited papers and voting.