AITO is happy to announce the winners of the Dahl-Nygaard Prizes for 2014.
This year AITO has two Senior Prize winners who each is awarded the Senior Prize.
The Senior Prize is awarded to Robert France for his research on adding formal semantics to object-oriented modelling notations.
The Senior Prize is awarded to William Cook for his contributions to the theory and practice of object-oriented programming.
The Junior Prize is awarded to Tudor Gîrba for his work on modelling and visualisation of evolution and interplay of large numbers of objects.
The Dahl-Nygaard Prizes for 2014 will be given during ECOOP 2014 in Uppsala, Sweden, in July/August 2014.William R. Cook is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, UT Austin, who has made lasting contributions to the theory and practice of object-oriented programming. His PhD thesis specified the semantics of inheritance in a way that is now a point of reference, and his later papers introduced or developed several well-known concepts such as interfaces, F-bounded polymorphism, class hierarchy refactoring, and the expression problem. Working in industry for about twelve years, he was the primary language designer of AppleScript, and he founded the start-up Allegis, a company that grew to a 150 employees, with customers including Microsoft and HP. Returning to academia, he has worked on the integration of databases and programming languages, on new mechanisms for remote execution, and on advanced modularity techniques. His recent work includes the languages Orc and Ensō, using executable specification languages, interpreter composition, and partial evaluation to provide an extremely flexible self-describing DSL workbench. Finally, he has contributed to the community in numerous ways, including many program committee tasks, and as the general chair of SPLASH 2010.
The Members of the 2014 Dahl-Nygaard Award Committee were: Walter Cazzola, Awais Rashid (Chairman), Erik Ernst, James Noble, and Theo D'Hondt.
The AITO Dahl-Nygaard Prizes are named for Ole-Johan Dahl and Kristen Nygaard, two pioneers in the area of programming and simulation. Their foundational work on object-oriented programming, made concrete in the Simula language, is one of the most important inventions in software engineering. Their key ideas were expressed already around 1965, but took over 20 years to be absorbed and appreciated by the broader software community. After that, object-orientation has profoundly transformed the landscape of software design and development techniques. It was a great loss to our community that both Ole-Johan Dahl and Kristen Nygaard passed away in 2002. In remembrance of their scholarship and enthusiastic encouragement of young researchers, in 2004 AITO established a prize to be awarded annually to a senior researcher with outstanding career contributions and a younger researcher who has demonstrated great potential for following in the footsteps of these two pioneers.
AITO (Association Internationale pour les Technologies Objets) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of object technology. As of March 2014, it has 41 members and is registered in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Current President of AITO is Professor Eric Jul. For further information, visit www.aito.org.