Best Student Paper

Best Student Paper

Dorina Petriu, Ettore Merlo, Amine Barrak , Le An, Foutse Khomh, Wang Chen
(Other winner: Marc-André Laverdière)

Just-in-time Detection of Protection-Impacting Changes on WordPress and MediaWiki

The Best Student Paper Award is given to Amine Barrak , Le An and Marc-André Laverdière for their paper, "Just-in-time Detection of Protection-Impacting Changes on WordPress and MediaWiki " co-authored with their supervisors Foutse Khomh and Ettore Merlo.



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Congratulations to the Authors!

Amine Barrak

Polytechnique Montréal

Winner's Testimonial

It is an honor to see our work recognised and rewarded by the prestigious award from CASCON organised by IBM. As far as we know, this is the first study of just-in-time detection of protection-impacting changes. My deepest gratitude goes to my co-authors for the excellent hard work. This work is the core of my master’s thesis, co-supervised by F. Khomh and G. Antoniol.

Amine Barrak is a research master student in Software Engineering at École polytechnique de Montréal. Amine's Master's thesis research focused on studying security vulnerabilities changes occurring in software code. In his thesis work, he examined the characteristics of Protection Impacting Changes and applied Machine Learning techniques to predict their occurrences. His PhD research will expand on the analysis of the builds errors in Continuous Integration automated processes. Amine's prior research includes analysis of software repositories, data science, data analytics, application of machine learning techniques. In his spare time, he participate to programming competitions and like to solve analytical problems. He is involved in multiple associative organisations.


Le An

Polytechnique Montréal

Winner's Testimonial

I am very pleased to win the best student paper award. I thank the organizers and reviewers of CASCON 2018 to grant me this honour, which encourages me to have more achievements in the future.

Le An is a Ph.D. candidate in the Computer Engineering department at Polytechnique Montreal, Canada. He received his Bachelor of Engineering at Beijing University of Technology, and his Master of Applied Science at Polytechnique Montreal. He was granted the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship from NSERC and the Doctoral research scholarship from FRQNT. His research interests lie in the areas of empirical software engineering including release engineering, mining software repositories, data analytics, and cloud computing.


Marc-André Laverdière

Winner's Testimonial

Thanks to the CASCON Program Committee for this award, and thanks again to Tata Consultancy Services for supporting me during this research. This award is further evidence in favour of scientific collaboration. Protection-Impacting Changes (PICs) are code changes that lead to differences in definite privilege protection. I defined PICs in the scope of my PhD thesis as a static whole-program analysis and I never envisioned an application for just-in-time detection at the commit level. This application came from the perspectives and experience of the members of the SWAT Lab. The results in this paper reflects the hard work we all put in, and I am grateful that our collaboration bore such fruit.

Marc-André Laverdière completed this research while completing a PhD at Polytechnique Montréal and working for Tata Consultancy Services. His interests include computer security, static analysis and technology transfer.