Scientia Professor Jingling Xue, a leading researcher in the field of compiler optimization and program analysis, has been elevated to Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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Scientia Prof. Xue is a world-leading scientist working in programming languages with an emphasis on compiler optimization and program analysis. Together with his research team, Prof. Xue works on building high-performance compilers and source-code security analysis tools.

His compiler algorithms, especially on polyhedral loop transformation and compiler backend optimisation, have greatly contributed to the design and implementation of compiler frameworks.

His program analysis techniques have helped increase the potential for static analysis tools to identify critical coding defects and security vulnerabilities in large-scale software.  SVF, an open-source static analysis tool developed on top of the LLVM compiler framework, has been widely used in academia and industry worldwide. It supports compiler optimisation, bug detection and security analysis in C/C++ software applications.

Scientia Prof. Xue has been named among the world's top 2% scientists in the career category by Stanford University in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Over his career, he has attracted over $8M of competitive grant funding (apportioned), including 13 Australian ARC Discovery Grants and one ARC Linkage Grant.

In 2020, he received a Research Supervisor Award from the ARC Postgraduate Council in recognition of his sustained excellence in PhD supervision. He has graduated 31 HDR students, including 29 PhD students.

He has published one research book and over 250 journal and conference papers. At CGO, the premium conference on compiler technology, he has been awarded the Test-Of-Time Paper Award in 2021 and two Best Paper Awards in 2013 and 2016. He has also won four Distinguished Paper Awards at the premium programming language and software engineering conferences ECOOP (2016), ICSE (2018), ISSTA (2019) and ASE (2019).