DAASE researcher Dr Justyna Petke has been awarded a prestigious five year fellowship by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for her research project: Automated Software Specialisation Using Genetic Improvement.
Dr Petke aims to change the face of software engineering by transferring the task of software specialisation from human to machine. The genetic improvement techniques that will be developed will provide an automated way to speed up computationally intensive calculations within software, saving time and money.
Genetic improvement is a novel field of research that has only arisen as a standalone area in the last few years. Several factors have contributed to the development and success of this field recently including the sheer amount of code now available online and the focus on automated improvement of non-functional properties of software, such as memory consumption.
“This fellowship is a dream come true. It will allow me to start my own small research group and pursue the development of automated software improvement techniques. We have already had a few success stories in our group, yet the area of genetic improvement is still in it’s early stages, leaving lots of research opportunities to explore.”
Dr Justyna Petke
Dr. Petke is a world-leading expert on genetic improvement, publishing award-winning work on automated software specialisation and transplantation. She won two `Humies’ awarded for human-competitive results produced by genetic and evolutionary computation and a distinguished paper award at the International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis. This work was also widely covered in media, including Wired magazine and BBC Click.
Dr. Petke will collaborate with a UK-based company, called Satalia, which provides the latest optimisation techniques to the industry.