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Best Paper Award at ETAPS: Ezio Bartocci & Ana Oliveira da Costa

  • 2022-06-13
  • Excellence

Ezio Bartocci and Ana Oliveira da Costa won the ETAPS 2022 Best Software Science Paper Award.

Best Paper Award at ETAPS: Ezio Bartocci & Ana Oliveira da Costa

At the 2022 European Joint Conferences (ESOP, FASE, FoSSaCS and TACAS) on Theory and Practice of Software (ETAPS), a multi-institutional team of researchers from AIT (Dejan Nickovic), ISTA (Thomas A. Henzinger, Thomas Ferrere) and TU Wien Informatics (Ezio Bartocci, Ana Oliveira da Costa has been recognized by the European Association of Software Science and Technology (EASST) with the Best Software Science Paper Award for their work “Information-flow Interfaces”.

ETAPS, held in Munich April 2-7, 2022 is the primary European forum for academic and industrial researchers working on topics relating to software science. ETAPS was established in 1998 and includes four annual conferences ESOP, FASE, FoSSaCS and TACAS and several satellite workshops.


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