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Meet One of the World’s Top Scholars

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Published on Friday, 13 October 2017

Who doesn’t like Top Ten lists? We were pleased to see our Vice-Director Lionel C. Briand nominated as one of the Ten Most Influential Scholars of 2016 in Software Engineering. The AMiner Most Influential Scholar Annual List names the world's top-cited research scholars from the fields of science and engineering. This list acknowledges scholars for their outstanding technical achievements and their impact on the research community.

The 2016 winners are among the most-cited scholars from the top venues in their respective subject fields as of 2016. AMiner uses a computer algorithm which automatically tracks and ranks scholars based in part on citation counts collected by top-venue publications.

Lionel Briand has paved an impressive professional path – gaining experience in software engineering across six countries, collecting an array of prestigious awards and grants (including an ERC Advanced Grant), all while ensuring his research activities remain highly relevant to society and industry.

That may be what led him to SnT, where researchers cooperate closely with industry to address real-world challenges. As the head of the Software Verification and Validation group, Briand collaborates with partners beyond the realms of research, which enables him to think outside the box:

“Instead of identifying research problems solely by reviewing the research literature or through discussions with academic colleagues, I focus on analysing problems in direct collaboration with industry partners, assess the state of the art with respect to the identified problems, and devise novel, practical solutions through research.”

Aside from his role as principal investigator and vice-director at SnT, Briand cares about the human side of research. He strives to fuel the minds of PhDs as their mentor: “This is where I find my energy and motivation, in seeing students mature and grow into talented engineers and researchers.”

The native French, who actually identifies as a Canuck after having spent 10 years living and working in Canada, has been living in Luxembourg for the past six years. He is the only non-American to be recognised as a Top Ten Most Influential Scholar, and from the small Grand Duchy at that – quite a milestone for SnT and Luxembourg!

About AMiner

AMiner is a free online service for academic social network analysis and mining. As of 2016, the system has collected information on over 136 million researchers, 230 million publication papers, and 300,000 venues. The system has been in operation on the Internet since 2006 and has been visited by nearly 8.32 million independent IP accesses. It provides various search/mining services for publishers, NSFC, and research venues such as ACM/IEEE Transactions, ACM SIGKDD, ACM WSDM, and IEEE ICDM.