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DAASE research team and spinout MaJiCKe move to Facebook

mark and team at facebookDAASE research group MaJiCKe have moved to work with Facebook in London. MaJiCKe have developed software that uses Search Based Software Engineering (SBSE) to help engineers find bugs while reducing the inefficiencies of writing test code. Their product Sapienz automatically generates test sequences using SBSE to find crashes using the shortest path it can find. Sapienz is the world’s first automated test tool able to minimise the length of tests which simultaneously maximising the amount of code checked.

“We are very excited to have this outstanding opportunity to achieve real world impact for UCL’s excellent software engineering research”

Professor Mark Harman

The MaJiCKe team comprise Professor Mark Harman – Scientific Advisor, Yue Jia – CEO and Ke Mao – CTO from the department of Computer Science at University College London (UCL). Professor Harman cofounded the area of SBSE in 2001.

“We provide an atmosphere to nurture collaborations with industry, its great to see a team like this taking their world leading expertise to Facebook”

Jane Butler, UCL Engineering Vice Dean

All at DAASE wish Mark, Yue and Ke the very best of luck and look forward to hearing all about their contribution to Facebook’s goal of connecting the world.



Stirling Visit to UCL January 2013

Part of the DAASE project includes visits between different Universities to learn about other groups’ expertise. Earlier this month on the 7th to 10th of January the Stirling team, which has a particular expertise in Machine Learning, Hyper Heuristics and Optimization visited UCL to further become familiar with Software Engineering and in particular Search Based Software Engineering. This was a four-day visit. Topics discussed included Program Analysis, Program Slicing, Genetic Programming, Automatic Test Data Generation, and Software Testing among other areas.

The visitors and hosts could relax with a very nice dinner at China City (an up market version of China Town), which was also part of the event. In free time the visitors had the opportunity to interact with the hosts and ask questions informally.


Planned visits in the near future include a visit of the UCL and York groups to Stirling.

The Stirling group would like to take this opportunity to thank the UCL group for their time and hospitality.