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Informatics Professor Cristina Lopes has been honored with the 2017 Association Internationale pour les Technologies Objets (AITO) Test of Time Award in recognition of her enduring contributions to the fields of computer programming and software development.

Lopes was recognized alongside fellow authors Gregor Kiczales, John Lamping, Anurag Mendhekar, Chris Maeda, Jean-Marc Loingtier and John Irwin for their 1997 paper “Aspect-oriented programming” at the 31st European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming (ECOOP) that took place June 18-23, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

Established in 2016, the Test of Time Award is chosen by a three person AITO committee composed of a member of the AITO executive committee, a member of the organizing or program committee of the year in question, and a member of the organizing or program committee of the year when the award will be given. Test of Time Awards honor authors of an ECOOP paper published 20 years prior that has proven to have a lasting impact in its field.

Lopes earned her Ph.D. in computer science from Northeastern University. Prior to her appointment at UCI in 2002, Lopes was a research scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) where she co-founded a group that developed aspect-oriented programming (AOP).