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 Professor Marie-Claude Gaudel

 University of Paris-Sud

I feel extremely honoured. Many thanks for these great news.

Marie‑Claude Gaudel is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Paris-Sud, Orsay, and the creator of a new area of research in computer science: formal software testing. Her research results have provided formal bases for testing methods of critical software systems.

She was appointed a Professor at Paris-Sud in 1984, before which she was in charge of the Software Engineering group at the industrial research centre of Alcatel-Alsthom, after starting her career as a researcher at INRIA.

She has chaired the Scientific Council of INRIA and the Board of RENATER, the French computer network of the education and research community.

She got an Outstanding Paper Award of the IEEE Chapter of Software Engineering for the work of her group on program robustness at Alcatel-Alsthom.  She is a Doctor Honoris Causa of EPFL and of the University of York. She was awarded the CNRS Silver Medal for her work on software testing and she is Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. She is Membre d’Honneur de la Société Informatique de France.

She has visited York’s Department of Computer Science on several occasions: in 2006 she spent three months funded by a Royal Society International Incoming Short Visit Award, and in 2010 she was the recipient of a Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship. Since 2015 she is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of York.

This is a message from me to young girls entering higher-level education:
“Doing scientific research has been a fantastic experience.
It’s incredibly exciting to understand something nobody has before, or to find a new, much better, technique to solve a problem.
Women are as good as men at this game: don’t let the boys have all the fun!”