Principles of Distributed Computing Doctoral Dissertation Award 2023

Principles of Distributed Computing Doctoral Dissertation Award awarded jointly by
ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing and 
EATCS Symposium on Distributed Computing

Call for Nominations

We are soliciting nominations for the 2023 Principles of Distributed
Computing Doctoral Dissertation Award. The award will be presented
at the 42nd ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing
in Orlando, Florida, on June 19-23, 2023.

Submission deadline: February 19th, 2023
Submission link: https://podc-dda23.hotcrp.com/paper/new
Information about the award: https://www.podc.org/dissertation/

Submission Guidelines

Please nominate excellent dissertations in the area of Distributed 
Computing that were successfully defended (or, in lieu of a defense, 
obtained final approval) in the period January 1st, 2021 through
December 31st, 2022.

Detailed submission guidelines can be found at the bottom of the 
current page and of the award page: https://www.podc.org/dissertation/

Award Committee

Shlomi Dolev, (chair), Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel 
Fabian Kuhn, University of Freiburg, Germany
Christian Scheideler, Universität Paderborn, Germany
Philipp Woelfel, University of Calgary, Canada


All questions about submissions should be emailed to Shlomi Dolev
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Nomination and Submission

A one-page nomination letter must be submitted by the thesis advisor. 
The nomination should highlight the dissertation’s contributions and 
justify why the dissertation is worthy of the award.

Submission Checklist

A nomination must include:

 1. Contact details (affiliation and email addresses) of the advisor 
    and the doctoral student.
 2. A formal document from the student’s department/institution/organization 
    verifying the date that the dissertation was successfully defended 
    (a scanned version is acceptable for the submission, but the original 
    document might be required at a later stage of the evaluation). If 
    not indicated by the document, also state the period of time the student
    was enrolled in the doctoral program.
 3. A one page justification letter.
 4. The following four lists of work (co)authored by the candidate:
     a. Publications that contain material from the thesis, detailing what 
        material was taken from which part of the thesis and the parts 
        that are not contained in the thesis.
     b. Publications that are cited in the thesis, but do not contain 
        material that also appears in the thesis.
     c. Papers currently under review, including journal submissions of 
        previously published work, that contain material from the thesis,
        what material was taken from which part of the thesis and the parts
        that are not contained in the thesis.
     d. Those parts of the thesis which are not included in the other lists.
 5. A list of awards the student received for the thesis and/or publications 
    related to the thesis.
 6. One copy of the dissertation in electronic form (preferably in pdf).
 7. A separate copy of the abstract in electronic form (either as pdf or 
    plain text).

Review Process

The committee will consist of four core members and a number of 
ad-hoc members, selected as described below. The review process will 
consist of two stages:

The first selection phase, carried out by the core members, will be 
based on the nomination letters and publication lists. At the end of 
this phase, a short list of dissertations to be considered in the 
second round will be compiled.

Based on the short list, the four core members will identify experts on 
the topics of the dissertations and invite them to serve as additional 
(ad hoc) members of the committee. The committee should include 
sufficiently many members to allow each dissertation to be reviewed 
by three members without requiring any member to review more than two 

Evaluation Criteria

The nominated dissertations will be reviewed for technical depth and 
significance of the research contributions in the area of Distributed 
Computing, potential impact on theory and practice, and quality of 
presentation/writing, including thoroughness of description of related 
work and understandability of algorithms and proofs.


- The award presentation will alternate between DISC (even years) and 
   PODC (odd years).
 - The winning dissertation will receive a plaque and a monetary prize.
 - The committee reserves the right to split or decline to give the award.
 - The committee can give Honorable Mentions to up to two non-winning 
   dissertations meriting special recognition (or one Honorable Mention 
   in case the award is split).


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