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SIGOPS Dennis M. Ritchie Award

Winners

2014:
Austin T. Clements (Winner),
Advisor: M. Frans Kaashoek, Nickolai Zeldovich, MIT
"The Scalable Commutativity Rule: Designing Scalable Software for Multicore Processors"

John Criswell (Honorable Mention),
Advisor: Vikram Adve, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
"Secure Virtual Architecture: Security for Commodity Software Systems"

2013:
Mona Attariyan (Winner),
Advisor: Jason Flinn, University of Michigan
"Improving Software Configuration Troubleshooting with Causality Analysis"

Roxana Geambasu (Honorable Mention),
Advisor: Steven D. Gribble, Tadayoshi Kohno, Henry M. Levy, University of Washington
"Empowering Users with Control over Cloud and Mobile Data"

Call for Nominations

Deadline: July 1st, 2014

The Dennis M. Ritchie Doctoral Dissertation Award was created in 2013 by ACM SIGOPS to recognize research in software systems and to encourage the creativity that Dennis Ritchie embodied, providing a reminder of Ritchie's legacy and what a difference one person can make in the field of software systems research. The first award was presented at the 24th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles, 2013. This will be an annual award presented in alternating years at SOSP and OSDI.

Eligibility

Each year, a department is allowed to nominate one Ph.D. thesis produced in that department. The nomination must be made by the chair of the department and must be accompanied by three supporting letters from researchers in the field, clearly specifying the contributions of the thesis and the potential impact on software systems. (If the department chair is the thesis advisor of the nominee, then another senior faculty member in the department must make the nomination.) The thesis must have been defended successfully at most two years before the conference at which the award will be presented. An English-language version of the thesis must accompany the nomination. The Award Committee will determine if the thesis is within scope for the award. The thesis may be nominated simultaneously for other awards, such as the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.

Award

The SIGOPS Dennis M. Ritchie Doctoral Dissertation Award is accompanied by a prize of $2,000. Financial sponsorship of the award is provided by SIGOPS, Bell Labs Alcatel-Lucent, and AT&T Labs Research.

Submission Procedure

Each nomination packet should be emailed by the department chair by email to the chair of the award committee, Robbert van Renesse (dmr-award [at] acm.org). In the subject title of the email, please write "SIGOPS Dennis M. Ritchie Doctoral Dissertation submission for (nominee name)". Submissions should be sent bundled in one zipped file.

A nomination packet MUST include:

  • Nomination letter by the department chair or senior faculty member. This letter must include a one-page summary of the significance of the dissertation.
  • Three or more endorsement letters from researchers in the field, at least three of which must come from universities or colleges other than the nominating one.
  • A copy of the thesis.
  • Information on when and where the thesis was defended.
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