This award is presented at each ICSE meeting to the author(s) of the paper from the ICSE meeting 10 years prior that is judged to have had the most influence on the theory or practice of software engineering during the 10 years since its original publication.
The award is jointly sponsored by ACM/SIGSOFT and IEEE TCSE.
Recipients are given a plaque engraved with their names and signed by the General Chair of ICSE’N. The award is presented yearly by the ICSE’N general chair at ICSE during ICSE’s award presentation session. The recipients are asked to give a presentation to the conference on their current views on software engineering.
Each year the current program committee for ICSE’N reviews the papers from ICSE’(N-10) and selects the paper they consider to have been the most influential paper during the previous 10 years. When more than one paper receives strong support, honorable mention awards are sometimes given as deemed appropriate.