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May 31, 2011

Xie Receives 2011 Microsoft Research SEIF Award

Dr. Tao Xie, associate professor of computer science at NC State University, has received a 2011 Microsoft Research Software Engineering Innovation Foundation Award to support his research proposal titled “GATE: Game-based Automatic Testing Environment.”  Tao collaborates with PI Dr. Sunghun Kim from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.  The award is valued in total at $35,000 (Dr. Xie's share is $17,500).

Microsoft Research presents the Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF) Awards to support academic research in software engineering technologies, tools, practices, and teaching methods. For SEIF 2011, 88 proposals were received for research grants in seminal software engineering areas, innovative software engineering education methods, and improvements in the software development process. After a thorough internal review process, only 10 proposals were selected to receive awards for the period June 2011 to May 2012.
Software testing is an important part of the software development process, but manual writing of test cases is tedious and labor-intensive work. To reduce this burden, various automatic testing techniques have been proposed. However, most techniques yield non-acceptable low test coverage. Especially when these techniques generate test cases for object-oriented software, they suffer from the following three major challenges: (1) generating objects, (2) solving path constraints, and (3) mutating objects to satisfy the solved constraints. This project develops a Game based Automatic Testing Environment (GATE) to address these challenges.
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