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Prem Devanbu is Distinguished Professor of Computer Science (Emeritus, Recalled as Research Professor) at UC Davis. He received his B.Tech from IIT Madras, and his Ph.D from Rutgers University under Alex Borgida. After a career in Industrial R&D at Bell Labs in New Jersey, he joined UC Davis. He has worked in several areas, including Software tools, Secure Data Outsourcing, Empirical Software Engineering, and the Naturalness of Software, and applications thereof. Six of his papers (in MSR 2006, MSR 2009, ESEC/FSE 2008, ESEC/FSE 2009, ESEC/FSE 2011, ICSE 2012) have won “test-of-time” or “10 year most influential paper” awards. He won the ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award in 2021, “for profoundly changing the way researchers think about software by exploring connections between source code and natural language”, and the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (from the eponymous foundation in Germany) in 2022. He is an ACM Fellow.
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