Prof. Jim Jones Receives Prestigious SIGSOFT Impact Paper Award

Congratulations to Prof. James A. Jones for receiving the venerable SIGSOFT Impact Paper Award!  The 2015 award was bestowed upon Jones, the late Prof. Mary Jean Harrold, and Prof. John Stasko of Georgia Tech for their 2002 paper “Visualization of Test Information to Assist Fault Localization” which was presented at the 2002 International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE ‘02).  The award was announced at ICSE 2015 in May; Jones will receive the award at ESEC/FSE in September where he will give a retrospective talk on the research and its impact.

SIGSOFT Impact Award announced at ICSE 2015.The ACM SIGSOFT Impact Paper Award is presented annually to the author(s) of a paper presented at a SIGSOFT sponsored or co-sponsored conference held at least 10 years prior to the award year.  By including all of SIGSOFT’s conferences in the competition, the award recognizes the breadth and vitality of the software engineering community.  The papers are judged by their influence since their publication.

Jones’ paper has been cited over 700 times–per Google Scholar, is the 10th most cited paper of all time for ICSE (as of July 2015,, has influenced hundreds of other research papers, and is taught in dozens of university courses.

Jones’s paper appears in the ICSE 2002 Proceedings and can be found online at

For more on Prof. Jones’s research, visit

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