The best researchers in software engineering arrive in Limerick for a hackathon

SOME of the world’s top software engineering researchers traveled to the city of Limerick this weekend for the World of Code Hackathon.

The event was hosted at Lero, Science Foundation Ireland’s software research centre, located at the University of Limerick.

According to Lero’s director, Professor Brian Fitzgerald, the hackathon was a great opportunity for Limerick students to showcase their abilities on the world stage. “The World of Code is the world’s largest software codebase with contributions from over 50 million developers. Lero is delighted to have been chosen to host the hackathon on the world of code – a first in Europe.”

The two-day hackathon, Professor Fitzgerald explained, was a sprint-like design event where experts from the computer programming world collaborate intensively on software projects with the goal of creating a working software prototype by the end. of the event.

Dr. Tapajit Dey, postdoctoral researcher at Lero and former student of Dr. Audris Mockus, creator of World of Code, was instrumental in organizing the hackathon at Lero.

Dr Mockus, who works at Meta – the parent company of Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp – visited the hackathon where he met some of the participants.

He is a professor of computational archeology and proof engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee and a well-known figure in software engineering research for his seminal work on open-source software. source.

Hackathon participants also participated in the annual “mining challenge” competition organized by the Mining Software Repositories conference, a well-known conference in the world of software engineering.

Several projects from previous World of Code Hackathons have resulted in the publication of academic papers at prestigious conferences around the world.

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Gordon K. Morehouse