June 24, 2002
Recent ECE doctoral graduate John DeVale has won the prestigious William C. Carter Award for best paper at the International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networking (DSN 2002). The award was presented on June 24 at the conference in Washington D.C. His paper, co-authored by his advisor Phil Koopman, Associate Professor of ECE and CS, is entitled "Robust Software -- No More Excuses."
The paper is based on his doctoral research on common causes of fragile software and ways to eliminate them as part of the Ballista project at Carnegie Mellon. Two key results of his research were documenting that even expert programmers can be unaware of robustness vulnerabilities in their software, and that such vulnerabilities can be eliminated with virtually no run-time speed penalty. Dr. DeVale graduated in December 2001 and now works for Intel Research in Austin, Texas.