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About Robert B. FranceΒΆ

Short Biography:
Robert France was born in Jamaica and received his B.Sc. in Natural Sciences with First Class Honors from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. He attended Massey University in New Zealand under a Commonwealth Scholarship, where he graduated with a Ph.D. in Computer Science. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Colorado State University. His research on model-driven software development focuses on providing software developers with mathematically-based software modeling languages and supporting analysis tools that they can use to specify and analyze critical software properties (e.g., behavioral and security properties). He is also actively engaged in research on domain-specific modeling languages, model-based approaches to software product line engineering, and models@runtime. Dr. France is a founding editor-in-chief of the Springer journal on Software and Systems Modeling, and a founding steering committee member of the international conference series on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (MODELS). In 2008 he and his co-authors (Andy Evans, Kevin Lano, Bernard Runpe) were awarded the MODELS 2008 Ten Year Most Influential Paper Award for the paper The UML as a Formal Modeling Notation. In 2013 he was awarded a 5-year International Chair at INRIA, the French National Institute for research in Computational Sciences. Dr. France was awarded a 2014 Senior Dahl-Nygaard Award for his research contributions by AITO, the group that organizes the European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming. Dr. France was also awarded a Colorado State University, College of Natural Sciences Professor Laureate in 2014.

Career Overview:
  First year at CSU: August 1998
  1992-1998: Assistant\Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
  1990-1992: Post-doctoral research at UMIACS, University of Maryland at College Park
  1990: PhD, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
  1984: BSc (First Class Honours), University of the West Indies, Trinidad

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