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FNR Awards 2020: Congratulations to Thierry Titcheu Chekam

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Published on Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Thierry Titcheu Chekam, who did his doctorate at SnT, received an FNR Award for his outstanding PhD thesis: “Assessment and Improvement of the Practical Use of Mutation for Automated Software Testing”.

After completing a Master’s degree in China, Thierry Titcheu Chekam joined the University of Luxembourg to conduct his doctoral research on quality control of software testing.

Software requires testing before being released, to prevent failures that can lead to economic losses or effects on the health and safety of others. However, software testing does not always detect all faults. Titcheu Chekam addresses this problem in his thesis by developing a machine learning technique for a software testing method that is usually very expensive and tedious for software developers. In addition, he designs an automated test generation technique to further enhance the set of already existing tests. 

“The University of Luxembourg provided me with all the resources I needed to do my work: excellent close supervision from my advisors, funding to attend academic events in order to learn from and connect with researchers from around the world, computing resources to run experiments and work flexibility that enabled me to work more effectively,” says Titcheu Chekam.

The research results are applied in a PayPal project. Currently, Titcheu Chekam is a postdoctoral researcher at the SnT and extends the work of his doctoral thesis to software updates.

Read more about FNR awards won from researchers at the University of Luxembourg here