Nomination Deadline: TBD
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. This is an annual award presented in alternating years at SOSP and OSDI.
Call for Nominations
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.
The SIGOPS Dennis M. Ritchie Doctoral Dissertation Award is accompanied by a prize of $2,000.
Each nomination packet should be emailed by the department chair to the award committee at firstname.lastname@example.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 two of which must come from institutions other than the nominating one.
- A copy of the thesis.
- Information on when and where the thesis was defended.
The Award committee for 2020 consists of:
- Robbert van Renesse
- Shan Lu
- Nickolai Zeldovich
Natacha Crooks (winner)
Advisors: Lorenzo Alvisi and Simon Peter, University of Texas, Austin.
A Client-Centric Approach to Transactional Datastores
Anuj Kalia (Honorable Mention)
Advisor: David G. Andersen, Carnegie Mellon University.
Efficient Remote Procedure Calls for Datacenters
Sebastian Angel (winner),
Advisor: Michael Walfish, University of Texas, Austin
Unobservable communications over untrusted infrastructure
Irene Zhang (Winner),
Advisors: Hank Levy and Arvind Krishnamurthy, University of Washington
Towards a Flexible, High-Performance Operating System for Mobile/Cloud Applications
Advisor: Rodrigo Fonseca, Brown University
Haogang Chen (winner)
Advisors: Frans Kaashoek and Nickolai Zeldovich at MIT.
Certifying a Crash-Safe File System
John Criswell (Honorable Mention),
Advisor: Vikram Adve, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
“Secure Virtual Architecture: Security for Commodity Software Systems”
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”