Baris Kasikci, a PhD student working with George Candea, was selected as one of four recipients of the prestigious VMware Graduate Fellowship for the academic year 2014/2015.

The fellowships are awarded to outstanding students pursuing research related to VMware’s business interests which include core machine virtualization and cloud computing. This is the first time EPFL is eligible for these fellowships and Baris is our first winner.

Before starting his PhD, Baris worked as a software engineer for four years, mainly developing real time embedded systems software. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey in 2006 and 2009, respectively. His research is centered around building techniques, tools, and environments that will ultimately help developers build more reliable software. He is interested in finding solutions that will allow programmers to debug their code in an easier way. In this regard, he strives to find efficient ways to deal with concurrency bugs in general, and data races in particular.