Elbaum was selected for his contributions of testing techniques for evolving systems.
Sebastian Elbaum, Anita Jones Professor of Computer Science at the University of Virginia School of Engineering, has been named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow in recognition of his contributions of testing techniques for evolving systems.
The institute's board of directors annually awards the designation to those who have contributed to the advancement or application of engineering, bringing significant value to society. Fellow is the highest level of membership and is recognized by the technical community as an important career achievement. Less than 1% of the institute’s membership earn the honor.
Elbaum earned his bachelor’s in systems engineering from the Universidad Catolica de Cordoba, Argentina, in 1995. In 1997 and 1999, respectively, he earned a master’s and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Idaho.
Elbaum joined the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Department of Computer Science and Engineering in 1999, and served as the Charles Bessey Professor of Computer Science there from 2015-2018. He joined the UVA Engineering Department of Computer Science in 2018.
He also served as Academic Fellow, University College London; Visiting Researcher, Italian National Research Council; and Google Research Scientist in 2005, 2006 and 2013, respectively.
Elbaum has published more than 150 articles on analysis techniques to make complex systems more dependable. He has been supported by more than 30 external grants and is exploring how to narrow the gap between automated program analysis techniques and robotic system development. He is also one of the founding faculty members of the Lab for Engineering Safe Software at UVA Engineering.
Elbaum is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, an IBM Innovation Award and a Google Faculty Research Award. In addition to being recognized by the Association for Computing Machinery, or ACM, as a Distinguished Scientist, he received an ACM Foundations of Software Engineering Test of Time Award and five ACM SigSoft Distinguished Paper Awards.
Additionally, Elbaum served as program co-chair of the 2015 International Conference on Software Engineering, program co-chair for the 2008 Empirical Software Engineering Symposium, program chair for the 2007 International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis, co-editor for the Information and Software Technology Journal, and associate editor of the ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodologies Journal. Elbaum was also the Steering Committee Chair for the International Conference on Software Engineering from 2015 to 2019.
“I am honored to earn this recognition as IEEE Fellow by my peers. I am also thankful to my accomplished collaborators and students for their contributions that have made my career so fulfilling and rewarding.” Elbaum said.