MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Since it was established a year ago, several U.S. university computer science programs have participated in AgitarLabs' academic outreach program. AgitarLabs is Agitar Software's research group focused on advancing the future of software test automation.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ — Since it was established a year ago, several U.S. university computer science programs have participated in AgitarLabs' academic outreach program. AgitarLabs is Agitar Software's research group focused on advancing the future of software test automation.
Designed to increase awareness and use of unit testing, the practice in which software developers create tests for their code as they write it, the "No Java Class Left Behind" program provides Agitar's products free of charge to accredited educational institutions for teaching and research. It also includes class material, exercises, and guest lectures from senior AgitarLabs researchers. Since launching "No Java Class Left Behind," AgitarLabs members have delivered several guest lectures to computer science graduate students at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. AgitarLabs has also helped support the use of AgitarOne, Agitar's flagship product, at Stanford and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).
"We are grateful to AgitarLabs for providing free academic licenses for AgitarOne to Carnegie Mellon University," said Dr. Jonathan Aldrich, a professor at CMU and the instructor of the graduate course on analysis of software artifacts. "The students definitely came away with a better understanding of the capabilities of analysis tools in general and Agitar's testing tools in particular. We look forward to using Agitar's tools in our courses next year."
AgitarLabs is actively involved with the open source community and academic researchers. In addition to the "No Java Class Left Behind" initiative, AgitarLabs runs internship and fellowship programs involving high-impact industrial research projects in software testing and test automation. This past summer, AgitarLabs hosted Brett Daniel, a graduate student from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), who worked at Agitar's California headquarters for several months.
"I am very glad that Brett Daniel interned at AgitarLabs," said Dr. Darko Marinov, a professor at UIUC and Daniel's dissertation advisor. "Agitar's research interests align very well with the topics of Brett's work in my research group. It's great that Brett had an opportunity to focus on real-world research issues, with the potential to publish research papers contributing to his graduate student career."
The Agitar Research Fellowship was established to reward individuals who demonstrate extraordinary creativity, the potential for innovative research, and the likelihood of becoming thought leaders in their field. This program provides financial sponsorship and other forms of support to researchers and open source contributors working on software testing technology. This year, AgitarLabs is supporting the research of David Saff, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working under the supervision of Dr. Michael Ernst.
"The core of my dissertation research is an extension of the ideas that underline Agitar's technology," said Saff. "I am very interested in how writing tests not only helps to catch bugs, but also helps developers think harder about what their software should do. Agitar's support gives me financial and creative freedom to pursue several innovative research directions related to this topic."
"Agitar's test automation technology owes a lot to academic research and I am thrilled we are in a position to give back to colleges and universities," said Alberto Savoia, cofounder of AgitarLabs and CTO of Agitar Software. "I enjoyed giving guest lectures at Stanford, but what really excites me is when professors and students use our technology and teaching materials as a starting point and come up with their own curriculum and experiments."
AgitarLabs is an internal research group for Agitar Software that works with academic and open source communities to advance the future of software testing and test automation. Founded by Agitar's cofounder and CTO Alberto Savoia, AgitarLabs unites industry, academia, and open source efforts through collaborative research and sponsorship to tackle the cultural and technical hurdles that exist with testing software. Since its inception in 2006, AgitarLabs has fueled Agitar's growth through JUnit Factory, the industry's first free, web-based test generation service, and Crap4j, an open source tool to help estimate the effort and risk associated with maintaining legacy code. For more information, visit http://www.agitar.com/company/agitarlabs.html.
About Agitar Software
Agitar Software enables the enterprise to release Java applications faster, reduce the cost of bugs, and more easily change both new and legacy applications to meet changing business needs. The AgitarOne product family enables software teams to create, use, and manage the extensive set of unit tests needed to be truly agile. Customers have cut by 50% the staff time needed to maintain and enhance old applications, released new ones 30% faster with fewer bugs, and cut by 90% the cost of finding and fixing bugs after releasing applications to users. Customers such as Bank of America, Cisco, EDS, Fujitsu SSL, IBM Global Services, MindTree Consulting, Siemens, Tata Consultancy Services, and Tokyo Gas see these benefits using Agitar's solution for in-house, offshore, or outsourced software development. Agitar is a privately-held company headquartered in Mountain View, CA. For more information, visit http://www.agitar.com.
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