David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science professors Michael Godfrey and Urs Hengartner have been appointed as Association for Computing Machinery senior members.
The ACM senior members grade was established in 1993 to recognize members who have demonstrated performance that sets them apart from their peers. To be eligible for nomination, members must have at least 10 years of professional experience in the computing field and five years of continuous professional ACM membership. The number of individuals recognized as Senior Members is not allowed to exceed 25% of ACM professional members.
Professor Godfrey's research interests span several areas of empirical software engineering including software evolution, mining software repositories and software analytics, code clone analysis, software architecture recovery and modeling, and reverse engineering.
Professor Hengartner's research interests are in information privacy and in computer and networks security. His focus is on security and privacy challenges that arise in the context of smartphones and mobile applications. He develops privacy-preserving solutions for location-based services and mobile social-networking applications that do not require smartphones to continuously release information about their owner to application providers. He also studies implicit authentication schemes for smartphones, where a smartphone continuously authenticates its owner based on the owner's behaviour without requiring deliberate actions by the owner. Prof. Hengartner has also worked on privacy-preserving location verification technologies, genomics privacy, and end-to-end voter-verifiable voting systems.