Best Papers Awards, EASE2018

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Best paper awards were given out at the recently concluded Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE) conference, held on 28-29 June 2018 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Researchers were recognized for their outstanding contributions in the categories of full papers, short papers, and impact to industry papers.








Program Chair EASE2018 and Deputy Chair SI^NZ Stephen MacDonell presenting the Best Full Paper Awards to Ewan Tempero (left) and Sherlock Licorish, Amjed Tahir and Jes Dietrich (right)

Best Papers – Full Papers

  • Paul Ralph and Ewan Tempero, Construct Validity in Software Engineering Research and Software Metrics
  • Amjed Tahir, Aiko Yamashita, Sherlock Licorish, Jens Dietrich and Steve Counsell,  Can you tell me if it smells? A study on how developers discuss code smells and anti-patterns in Stack Overflow









Short Papers co-Chair EASE2018 and Treasurer SI^NZ Kelly Blincoe presenting the Best Short Paper Awards to Nalin Asanka Gamagedara Aarachchilage (left) and Matthias Galster (right)

Best Papers – Short Papers

  • Awanthika Senarath and Nalin Asanka Gamagedara Aarachchilage, Why developers cannot embed privacy into software systems? An empirical investigation
  • Paramvir Singh, Matthias Galster and Karanpreet Singh, How do Secondary Studies in Software Engineering report Automated Searches? A Preliminary Analysis








Impact to Industry co-Chair EASE2018 and Marketing Officer SI^NZ Rashina Hoda presenting the Best Impact to Industry Paper to Jim Buchan

Best Paper – Impact to Industry

  • Jim Buchan and Mark Pearl, Leveraging the Mob Mentality:  An Experience Report on Mob Programming


These papers represent examples of research collaborations across universities and countries as well as industry-academia collaborations. There was a strong SI^NZ representation among winners, with many of the SI^NZ executive and regular members as co-authors on these best papers.