Awards and appointments

Below are some examples of awards and appointments that have been granted to people connected to the research group SERL.


Pris till årets forskare tilldelas för 2011 Universitetslektor Tony Gorschek

Dr. Tony Gorschek har gjort en extremt snabb karriär från nyanställd doktorand till att vara rekommenderad av Lärarförslagsnämnden som professor; det har tagit mindre är nio år för honom. Tony började som doktorand i programvaruteknik och disputerade 2006 med specialisering mot kravhantering och mjukvaruintensiv produktledning. Under de senaste åren har han varit extremt produktiv som forskare utan att tappa fokus på kvalitet. Han har under dessa nio år varit huvudförfattare eller medförfattare till drygt 60 internationella publikationer varav mer än 20 tidskriftspublikationer i ISI Web of Science. Med sin vetenskapliga produktion har Tony varit starkt bidragande till BTH:s internationella ranking inom ”Systems and Software Engineering”, där BTH placerades sexa i världen och etta i EU i den senast publicerade rankingen.


Claes Wohlin elected IVA member (May 2011)

Claes Wohlin, Professor of Software Engineering at Blekinge Institute of Technology, has recently been elected member of IVA, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

- It was with great pleasure that I received the news and it is obviously a great honour to be elected as a member of IVA. It is also in my opinion a proof that software development has been accepted as an engineering discipline and is not only seen as programming, says Claes Wohlin.

IVA's network consists of eminent engineers and economists from industry, academia and management. With nearly 1,000 Swedish and foreign members, the academy constitutes a highly qualified knowledge bank. Professor Claes Wohlin is elected member of IVA's department of Information Technology, which is one of twelve departments at the academy.


World-class research at Blekinge Institute of Technology

BTH was ranked amongst the top fifteen institutions in systems and software engineering in the world in a list published annually by the Journal of Systems and Software. The ranking is based on publications in seven software engineering journals during a five-year period. BTH was ranked sixth in the world in the latest (2004-2008) published ranking and first in EU (actually the only research environment from EU among the top-15 published) and the only Swedish institute on the list.


World-class research at Blekinge Institute of Technology

Blekinge Institute of Technology ranked amongst the top fifteen institutions in systems and software engineering in the world in a list published annually by the magazine "Journal of Systems and Software", more specifically in eleventh place in the world, third in Europe and it's the only Swedish institute on the list.

The list is based on publications in seven journals in the field for five years (2002-2006).

In addition to the ranking of Blekinge Institute of Technology, Professor Claes Wohlin was ranked as number eighth among the top scholars..


Student union's prize for Teacher of the Year - Dr. Tony Gorschek (October 2006)

At the academic celebration at Blekinge Institute of Technology Friday 13 of October the Student union's prize for teacher of the year was presented. The winner was Dr. Tony Gorschek, Department of Systems and Software Engineering.

The explanatory statement was "Tony is really good in giving students a genuine understanding of the subject. He delivers knowledge from course literature, work and research experience and teaches us to use this knowledge in business situations. He teaches us to impeach and bethink. A student that has pursued Tony's course/courses is really well equipped to go strong into work life. He put across and develops the competence at his students."


Wohlin ranked as number 5 in the world within experimental software engineering

Professor Claes Wohlin has been ranked as number 5 in the world within the area experimental software engineering. The ranking is based on a survey of publications within experimental software engineering between 1993-2002. The ranking was published in the journal "Transactions on Software Engineering".

Experimental software engineering is an area that has been established during the the 1990s. The objective of experimental software engineering is to determine, through experiment and other types of empirical studies, whether one way of developing software is better than another.

- This survey is especially interesting since the journal has mapped an area that to a great extent has developed during the 1990s. It is very pleasant that our early focus on this area has resulted in good international visibility, says Claes Wohlin.


Professor Claes Wohlin among top 50 in research Sweden (November 2004)

The Magazine Ny Teknik has ranked the top 50 persons in Research Sweden. Professor Claes Wohlin has been ranked as number 48 on this list.


Prize for prominent pedagogical achievement to Dr. Michael Mattsson (October 2004)

On Friday October 8 the university's yearly academic ceremony was held. At this occasion Blekinge Institute of Technology awarded Dr. Michael Mattsson, Department of Systems and Software Engineering, with the prize for prominent pedagogical achievements.


Professor Claes Wohlin has advanced at top ranking (October 2004)

Professor Claes Wohlin has been ranked as number 10 of the best scholars in the world in the area of Software Engineering. The ranking will soon be published in an article in "Journal of Systems and Software".  Last year Claes Wohlin was ranked as number 14 at the same list.

Claes Wohlin is one of three researchers from Europe that has made it on to the list. Sweden is the only European country that has two researchers on the list. Besides Claes Wohlin, Per Runeson from Lund University, is also found on the list. Per Runesson is listed as number 13 together with another researcher.

- It is very rewarding that this year's placing is even better than last year's. It certainly sounds better with top ten and second place in Europe. This gives Blekinge Institute of Technology and our research and undergraduate education within Software Engineering good visibility. Furthermore it is very nice that Sweden has two researchers on the list. It shows that Swedish research in this area is competitive internationally. Of course I think it is escpecially fun since one of my former Ph.D. students now is found at the list as well, says Claes Wohlin.

The aim of the research in the area of Software Engineering is to improve software quality by improving software and the software development and management processes.  The ranking is based on research published during the years 1999-2003 in a survey of articles published in six scientific journals.

- It is important for Swedish industry that we have international research in world-class. An increased number of products and services are these days based on software which means that knowledge about software development is even more important as competitive means.


Telenor's Nordic research prize 2004 awarded to Claes Wohlin (September 2004)

Telenor's Nordic Research Prize of NOK 250,000 has been awarded to Professor Claes Wohlin at Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. He received the prize for his research on the quality and efficient development of software engineering, a field where he is ranked a leading international researcher.

Morten Karlsen Sørby, Executive Vice President of Telenor, handed over the prize during a research seminar at Fornebu on September 14. The award ceremony was part of the Telenor Week 2004, which is currently being held at the Telenor headquarters.

Each year a subject for the research prize is chosen by Telenor in co-operation with the internationally composed prize committee. The subject for 2004 is "Software of importance for the creation or improvement of communication services".

The field of software is a large and complex one, and the prize committee have had a hard job evaluating achievements from very diverse fields. In their grounds for selection the committee write: In a short time the winner has established himself in the forefront of his field, which is quality and efficient development of software engineering. The field encompasses research and industrial practice in development methods, architecture and structuring of software, project management and quality. The paramount objective is to develop software with the right functionality, quality and output - at the right time and cost.

Professor Claes Wohlin received his PhD in 1991 and has since produced an impressive range of academic publications, as well as being a pioneer in working with the industry on various questions. He has also established vigorous research environments both at the University of Lund and at Blekinge Institute of Technology. Professor Wohlin is a Nordic pioneer and has been ranked one of the 10 - 15 leading experts in his field in the world. His speciality is to develop methods for quality testing and software certification.

On this year's award, Berit Svendsen, head of the prize committee and CTO Telenor, comments: "Telenor are pleased that through the Research Prize we are able to help visualize and reward some of the enormously important work to create new, valuable knowledge in the Nordic countries. This year's winner is another example that research has great economic importance for both society and business. Telenor spend billions on large software systems. Through his work Professor Claes Wohlin has contributed greatly so that we get what we have paid for and the customers get solutions of excellent quality."

The international committee is composed as follows:
Berit Svendsen, Executive Vice President and CTO of Telenor ASA (Head of the committee)
Peter T. Kirstein, Professor at University College in London
Erik Bohlin, Ekonomie Dr. at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg
Mads Christoffersen, PhD, Associate Professor at the Center for Technology, Economics and Management at the Technical University of Denmark
Gunnar Stette, Professor at the Norwegian University of Technology and Science in Trondheim
Olli Martikainen, Professor at the University of Oulo

This year is the eighth time Telenor's Nordic Research Prize is awarded. Previous winners have been
Dr. Gisle Bjøntegaard, Telenor (1997)
Professor Stephen Pink, University of Luleå (1998)
The Telepathology Group in Tromsø (1999)
Professor Peter Andrekson, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (2000)
Professor Jon Bing, University of Oslo (2001)
Professor Christian Jensen, University of Ålborg (2002)
Dr. Håkon Bryhni, Birdstep (2003).

Besides, in 1997 an additional prize of NOK 50,000 was awarded to Birger Møller-Pedersen, Dag Belsnes and Øistein Haugen for their work on defining SDL92 at the Norwegian Computing Center.


"Årets Teknikutbildning - lärare högskola 2004" (May 2004)

Assistant Professor Conny Johansson was awarded "Årets Teknikutbildning - lärare högskola 2004" by the organisation Teknikföretagen. The award of 200 000 SEK shall be used as competence development. Conny Johansson has since 1990 been responsible for the education programme in Software Engineering. Besides working at Blekinge Institute of Technology he is also working within the industry. For further information regarding the jury's explanation, visit http://www.teknikforetagen.se/.


Researcher of the year at BTH (October 2003)

Professor Claes Wohlin was awarded the researcher of the year at BTH. The award is given by Blekinge Forskningsstiftelse.


Global team defines the research of the future (February 2004)

Professor Claes Wohlin at Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) has been invited by one of the world-leading research organisation within SoftwPhoto of Claes Wohlinare Engineering, Software Engineering Institute in Pittsburgh, USA, to participate in a team whose objective is to define future research directions related to the software process. The team is introduced under the name "International Process Research Consortium".

- This gives BTH, as the only Swedish participant, great opportunities to influence the future research directions as well as to take part of ideas from other leading researchers within the area, says Claes Wohlin. It is going to be very exciting and rewarding to be a member of the scheduled workshops that will be held during the next two years. These workshops are completely in line with the research within our research projects.

- I hope that the participation also can lead to a greater exchange with SEI and the other participating organisations, Claes Wohlin continues. It will be very rewarding for both our research and undergraduate education if we can find common interests and ways of cooperation besides the collaboration in this team.

The research conducted at BTH within the area can shortly be desribed as aiming at improving architecture, development methodology and processes in order to develop better software products, i.e. with the right quality, at the right time and to the right cost.


Software engineering professor top ranked (September 2003)

Professor Claes Wohlin works as a researcher in Software Engineering at our Department of Systems and Software Engineering. He was ranked as number fourteen of the best scholars in the world in the area of Software Engineering in an article that was published in Journal of Systems and Software in the autumn of 2003.

Claes Wohlin is one of three researchers from Europe that has made it on to the list. Sweden is therewith the third European country to get a person placed on this ranking list. Other European countries to have achieved this are Great Britain and Italy.

The aim of the research in the area of Software Engineering is to improve software quality by improving software and the software development and management processes. The ranking is based on research published during the years 1998-2002 in a survey of articles published in six scientific journals.

- The next challenge is to see to that also Blekinge Institute of Technology makes it on to the list, says Claes Wohlin, and we have great possibilities given the BESQ project (Blekinge Engineering Software Qualities). For more information about the BESQ project, visit www.bth.se/besq.

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