About the GPEMjournal blog

This is the editor's blog for the journal Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines. The official web site for the journal, maintained by the publisher (Springer) is here. The GPEMjournal blog is authored and maintained by Lee Spector.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

GECCO Humies Award (GOLD) 2009

GP was well featured at this year's GECCO Humies Awards. The most spectacular application which was subsequently awarded first prize (GOLD) was based on two papers by Weimer/Nguyen/Le Goues/Forrest
published in proceedings of the 31st International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) in May 2009 and Forrest/Weimer/Nguyen/Le Goes in this year's GECCO proceedings. Both papers won awards from the respective conferences, and winning the Humies award was the "icing on the cake".

The authors apply a specialized/improved form of Genetic Programming to locate and repair software bugs. Repairing software bugs is a time consuming and commercially very costly activity. To date, automating the process has been very difficult. The GP method proposed by our Gold Medal winners takes down the average repair time for software bugs from more than 3 hours per bug to 3 minutes.

The authors rightly claim that "showing how to use GP in the context of modern software systems and integrating GP into modern software practice will help evolutionary computation to become more widely accepted by computer scientists."

Congratulations to the authors for a prize well deserved!