EAPLS Best PhD Dissertation Awards

The European Association for Programming Languages and Systems has established a Best Dissertation Award in the international research area of programming languages and systems. The award will go to the PhD student who in the previous period has made the most original and influential contribution to the area. The purpose of the award is to draw attention to excellent work, to help the career of the student in question, and to promote the research field as a whole.

Past Best Dissertation Awards

  • The 2015 EAPLS Best Dissertation Award was won by
    Dr. Maria Christakis, ETH Zürich
    Narrowing the gap between verification and systematic testing
    Read more about the motivation for this award.

  • The 2014 EAPLS Best Dissertation Award was won by
    Dr. Fabrizio Montesi, IT University of Copenhagen
    Choreographic Programming
    Read more about the motivation for this award.

  • The 2013 EAPLS Best Dissertation Award was won by
    Dr. Zhiwu Xu, Université Paris Diderot
    Parametric Polymorphism for XML Processing Languages
    Read more about the motivation for this award.

  • The 2012 EAPLS Best Dissertation Award was won by
    Dr. Delphine Demange, ENS Cachan - Brittany Extension and the Celtique team at IRISA / INRIA Rennes
    Semantic Foundations of Intermediate Program Representations
    Read more about the motivation for this award.

  • The 2011 EAPLS Best Dissertation Award was won by
    Dr. Santiago Zanella Béguelin, École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris
    Formal Certification of Game-Based Cryptographic Proofs
    Read more about the motivation for this award.

  • The 2010 EAPLS Best Dissertation Award was won by
    Dr. Alexey Gotsman, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge
    Logics and analyses for concurrent heap-manipulating programs
    Read more about the motivation for this award.

Call for Nominations

The European Association for Programming Languages and Systems (EAPLS) has established a Best Dissertation Award in the international research area of programming languages and systems. The award will go to the Ph.D. student who in the previous period has made the most original and influential contribution to the area. The purpose of the award is to draw attention to excellent work, to help the career of the student in question, and to promote the research field as a whole.

Eligibility

Eligible for the award are those who successfully defended their PhD
  • at an academic institution in Europe
  • in the field of Programming Languages and Systems
  • in the period from 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2017

Nominations

Candidates for the award must be nominated by their supervisor. Nominating a candidate consists of submitting the nomination via EasyChair. The nomination must consist of a single PDF file containing
  • a letter from the supervisor describing why the thesis should be considered for the award;
  • a report from an independent researcher who has acted as examiner of the thesis at its defense; and
  • the thesis itself.
The theses will be evaluated with respect to originality, influence, relevance to the field and (to a lesser degree) quality of writing. Questions can be directed to the Ph.D. award chairs, at [email protected]

Procedure

The nominations will be evaluated and compared by an international committee of experts. The procedure to be followed is analogous to the review phase of a conference. The justification by the supervisor and the external report will play an important role in the evaluation. The final decision is made by the EAPLS board, based on the recommendation of the expert committee. Members of the expert committee and the EAPLS board are barred from nominating their own Ph.D. students for the award. The award consists of a certificate announcing the winner to have received the EAPLS Ph.D. award 2017 and the supervisor will receive a copy of this certificate. If possible, the certificate will be handed out ceremonially at a suitable occasion, as for instance the ETAPS conference. Apart from the winner, no further ranking of nominees will be published. The decision of the expert committee is final and binding, and will not be subject to discussion.

Important Dates

  • 31 July 2018: Deadline for nominations
  • 1 December 2018: Announcement of the award winner

Expert Committee

The decision on the award is taken by an Expert Committee, consisting of leading researchers in Programming Languages and Systems. The committee currently consists of:

Materials