ACM SIGARCH/IEEE CS TCCA Outstanding Dissertation Award

The SIGARCH/TCCA Outstanding Dissertation award will recognize excellent thesis research by doctoral candidates in the field of computer architecture. Dissertations will be reviewed for technical depth and significance of the research contribution, potential impact on computer architecture, and quality of presentation. The award will carry a monetary value of $1000. The winner will receive the monetary award; honorable mentions receive no monetary award.

2018 ACM SIGARCH/IEEE CS TCCA Outstanding Dissertation Award Call for Nominations

Eligibility
Eligible dissertations must have been successfully defended and deposited in the previous calendar year.

Each nominated dissertation must be on a topic relevant to computer architecture.  The determination of whether a thesis is within scope for the award will be made by the SIGARCH/TCCA Dissertation Award Committee.  A dissertation can be nominated for both the SIGARCH/TCCA Dissertation Award and the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.

Nomination for the award must include:

  1. English language copy of thesis
  2. Statement from the advisor limited to two pages addressing why the nominee’s dissertation should receive this award.  This should address the significance of the dissertation, not simply repeat the information in the abstract. Nomination must come from the advisor; self-nomination is not allowed.
  3. Three letters of support limited to two pages each. Supporting letters should be included from experts in the field who can provide additional insights or evidence of the dissertation’s impact.  (The nominator/advisor may not write a letter of support.)  The letter should also contain the qualification of the endorser and his/her role with respect to the nominee. If a letter writer is supporting more than one nomination, they may be asked to rank those nominations. At least one letter must come from an expert outside the nominee’s university. Additional letters beyond three will not be considered.
  4. List of publications contributing to thesis
  5. Member number for nominee (Nominee must be a SIGARCH or TCCA member)
  6. Suggested citation if the candidate is selected. This should be a concise statement (maximum of 25 words) describing the key technical contribution for which the candidate merits this award. Note that the final wording for awardees will be at the discretion of the SIGARCH/TCCA Dissertation Award Committee.

Please send nominations (preferably electronically) no later than February 15, 2018 to the chair of the SIGARCH/TCCA Dissertation Award Committee, Lieven Eeckhout at “lieven.eeckhout@ugent.be”. Nominations must be submitted in English. PDF format is preferred for all materials. Late submissions will not be considered.

The committee will consist of an even number of members, initially six (one SIGARCH EC member, one TCCA EC member, four at large SIGARCH or TCCA members). This number can be adjusted in the future to keep workload moderate. The members will serve three-year staggered terms, with the SIGARCH and TCCA ECs each appointing one new member each year. The committee chairperson shall be the more senior of the two EC members; an EC member should not chair the committee in their first year of service.

The SIGARCH/TCCA Dissertation Award Committee will make a recommendation to the SIGARCH Chair and the TCCA Chair by May 1 of each year. Upon approval of the recommendation by the executive boards of ACM SIGARCH and IEEE TCCA, the chair will inform the winner and honorable mentions.

David Brooks
Harvard University

Lieven Eeckhout
Ghent University, TCCA EC, Chair

Babak Falsafi
EPFL, SIGARCH EC

Hillery Hunter
IBM Research

Li-Shiuan Peh
National University of Singapore

Tim Sherwood
University of California, Santa Barbara

2018 is the inaugural year of the award.