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October 21, 2016

Can Software Bugs Be Fixed Automatically?

Dr. Katie Stolee, assistant professor of computer science at NC State University, has been awarded $31,346 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support her research proposal entitled “EAGER:  Collaborative Research:  Demonstrating the Feasibility of Automatic Program Repair Guided by Semantic Code Search.”
The award will run from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. 
Abstract – Software is an integral part of our everyday lives, and our economy relies heavily on software working correctly. However, bugs in software cause security breaches, and cost our economy billions of dollars annually. While these high costs of bugs are well known, the software industry struggles to remedy the situation because the inherent complexity of the software makes bugs so common. The goal of this project is to develop a technique that fixes bugs automatically, greatly reducing the cost of fixing the bugs, improving quality of software, and reducing the negative effects on the economy and society.
For more information on Dr. Stolee, click here.

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