[ecoop-info] 2nd round Call-for-Nominations: SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award 2019

Weiyi(Ian) Shang shang at encs.concordia.ca
Tue Sep 3 21:23:15 CEST 2019

The SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award aims to recognize
outstanding doctoral dissertations in the field of computer benchmarking,
performance evaluation, and experimental system analysis in general.
Nominated dissertations will be evaluated in terms of scientific
originality, scientific significance, practical relevance, impact, and
quality of the presentation.

The SPEC Research Group promotes research in quantitative system evaluation
and analysis both with classical performance metrics – such as response
time, throughput, scalability and efficiency, as well as other
extra-functional system properties included under the term dependability –
such as availability, reliability, and security. Contributions of interest
span the design of metrics for system evaluation as well as the development
of methodologies, techniques and tools for measurement, load testing,
profiling, workload characterization, dependability and efficiency
evaluation of computing systems.

The winner will receive $1000, which will be awarded at the ICPE 2020
International Conference on Performance Engineering (

A nomination consists of *one* PDF file less than *20MB* that must include
the following information in this order:

   - A *nomination letter* with the name of the student, the title of the
   dissertation, the institution where the dissertation was defended, and the
   date of the defense. The nomination letter should outline the outstanding
   contributions of the dissertation and should not exceed 2 pages (letter
   size) using 11 point font.
   - A *C.V. of the nominee* (up to three pages) that clearly marks all
   publications/technical reports that are included in the dissertation.
   - The *dissertation* itself, including a one-page extended abstract of
   the dissertation. If the dissertation is written in language other than
   English, it may be accompanied by publications, in English, describing the
   same research as the dissertation.

SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award is open to
dissertations that have been defended between *October 2018 and September
2019*. If there are several outstanding submissions, the committee may
split the award between them.

The *submission deadline is September 30, 2019*. Nominations are welcome at
any time before the final submission deadline. Questions about the
application process can be e-mailed to *nominations at spec dot org*.*
should be uploaded to EasyChair *(
https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=spec2019award). The nomination can
be provided by anyone except the thesis author. Typically, it is the thesis
advisor or a member of the thesis defense committee, but other people –
especially experts in performance evaluation – can do so as well.

Selection committee:

   - Chair: Daniel A. Menascé (George Mason University, USA)
   - Danilo Ardagna (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
   - Lucy Cherkasova (ARM Research, USA)
   - William Knottenbelt (Imperial College, UK)
   - Ningfang Mi (Northeastern University, USA)
   - Dorina Petriu (Carleton University, Canada)
   - Ramya Raghavendra (IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, USA)
   - Johan Tordsson (Umeå University and Elastisys, Sweden)

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