News Archive

6 Years since the launch of DAASE

19 October, 2018

This week marks 6 years since the launch of the EPSRC programme grant: DAASE (Dynamic Adaptive Automated Software Engineering). Here are some pictures of the team from over the years!






Dr Federica Sarro - article and interview

30 April, 2018

Dr Federica Sarro has been featured in the Italian newspaper “Il Mattino" as the youngest woman Associate Professor in Computer Science and interviewed by a national radio station too. 

Please click here to read and listen.


Dr Federica Sarro - Senior Lecturer

02 August, 2017

Many congratulations to Dr Federica Sarro as she is appointed as Senior Lecturer in the Software Systems Engineering group.


Mark Harman wins silver at 2017 Human-Competitive Awards @ GECCO conference

26 July, 2017

Mark Harman has been awarded the silver prize at the Human-Competitive Awards held at GECCO for his paper Human Competitiveness of Genetic Programming in Spectrum Based Fault Localisation: Theoretical and Empirical Analysis by Shin Yoo, Xiaoyuan Xie, Fei-ching Kuo, Tsong Yueh Chen and Mark Harman


Celebration lunch for Dr Justyna Petke

18 July, 2017

CREST members took Dr Justyna Petke to lunch to celebrate and congratulate her on 50 citations of her paper 'Search based software engineering for software product line engineering: a survey and directions for future work'


Dr David R. White in Nature

12 April, 2017

Dr David R. White has been quoted in an article on single-board computers in Nature the international weekly journal of science.

You can read the article here:


Early Career Fellowship for Dr Justyna Petke

28 February, 2017

Congratulations to Dr Justyna Petke who has been awarded an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship to advance her pioneering research on genetic improvement of software systems.


Bug-finding MaJiCKe finds a home at Facebook

19 January, 2017

The CREST team behind spinout software testing technology MaJiCKe are moving on to work with Facebook in London. The technology uses the academic field of Search Based Software Engineering to remove ‘much of the drudgery’ of testing software, while still finding bugs.

The company’s three co-founders are Prof Mark Harman (Scientific Advisor), Dr Yue Jia (CEO), and Ke Mao (CTO).

You can read more about the project here.


Most updates to mobile apps don’t make a noticeable difference

17 November, 2016

Research by William Martin, Dr Federica Sarro and Prof Mark Harman finds that most updates to mobile apps don’t make a noticeable difference. To read more please click here.

The research paper is available here.


Best paper award at SSBSE 2016

17 October, 2016

Congratulations to Fan Wu for winning best research paper award at SSBSE 2016 which was held in Raleigh North Carolina, USA. His paper HOMI: Searching Higher Order Mutants For Software Improvement was written with Mark Harman, Yue Jia and Jens Krinke.


CREST success at GECCO Human Competitive Awards (HUMIES)

26 July, 2016

Many congratulations to Alex Marginean who received gold for his work on Automated Transplantation, with Earl Barr, Justyna Petke, Yue Jia and Mark Harman. And Federica Sarro picked up the Bronze for her work on Multi Objective Effort Estimation with Alessio Petrezziello and Mark Harman.


This work is funded by the EPSRC DAASE Programme Grant on Dynamic Adaptive Automated Software Engineering and UCL Department of Computer Science.


CREST End of Year Review - 2nd December 2015

10 December, 2015

On the 2nd of December past and present members of CREST came together at UCL to enjoy an afternoon of talks followed by a festive dinner to celebrate a successful year at the centre.

The talks were given by:

Federica Sarro - How to Make Best Use of Cross-Company Data for Web Effort Estimation?

Alex Marginean - Automated Software Transplantation

Yuanyuan Zhang - Inferring Test Models from Kate's Bug Reports using Multi-objective Search 

Justyna Petke – Constraints: the Future of Combinatorial Interaction Testing & Genetic Improvement of Software




Celebration lunch for Dr W Langdon

29 September, 2015

CREST members took Bill Langdon, principal research associate for lunch to recognise and celebrate the impact on the research community of the paper in IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, entitled "Optimising Existing Software with Genetic Programming". The paper is available here:



Success from FSE and SSBSE 2015

29 September, 2015

Dr. W.B. Langdon gave an keynote at FSE on Genetic Improvement of Software concentrating particularly on recent successes of the EPSRC's GISMO project, which was well recieved, particularly by the conference's industrial sponsors.

Professor Mark Harman gave his keynote on the first day of the DeMobile workshop which took place over two days of the FSE conference. 

Yuanyuan Zhang won the Challenge Track Award at SSBSE for the joint work with Mark Harman, Yue Jia and Federica Sarro. This is work is about inferring test models from Kate's bug reports using multi-objective search. This approach aims to infer models from user bug reports written in natural language instead of using system logs. The models inferred are well-balanced between the amount of over- and under-approximation of user behaviour and also keep the size small. 

Yi Bian who is visiting CREST this year from Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China was awarded the Best SSBSE Paper based on actual industry data for his paper Epistatic Genetic Algorithm for Test Case Prioritization.  


Dr Langdon presenting at FSE 2015


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