Doctoral Dissertation Awards


This annual award by SIGSAC will recognize excellent research by doctoral candidates in the field of computer and information security. The SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award winner and up to two runners-up will be recognized at the ACM CCS conference. The award winner will receive a plaque, a $1,500 honorarium and a complimentary registration to the current year's ACM CCS Conference. The runners-up each will also receive a plaque and complimentary registration to the current year's ACM CCS Conference.

Submission Deadline: July 15, 2017

Eligibility

Nominations are limited to one doctoral dissertation per department.

Eligible submissions are dissertations that have been defended in 2016 and officially filed before but including January 31, 2017.

Submissions must be received by the current Chair of the SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee by July 15. Each submitted doctoral dissertation must be on a topic related to computer and information security, as determined by the Award Committee. Each nominated dissertation must also have been successfully defended by the candidate, and the final version of each nominated dissertation must have been accepted by the candidate's academic unit. An English-language version of the dissertation must be submitted with the nomination. A dissertation can be nominated for both the SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award and the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.

Decision Deadline

The Award Committee will inform the SIGSAC Chair and the winner and runners-up of the results by September 15 of each year to allow the winners to be properly recognized at the ACM CCS conference that year.

Submission Procedure

All nomination materials must be submitted electronically to the current Chair of the SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee (Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, ahmad.sadeghi@trust.tu-darmstadt.de) by submission deadline, and must be submitted in English. PDF format is preferred for all materials. Late submissions will not be considered. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please follow up to ensure delivery.

Nominations for the award must include:
  1. A statement summarizing the candidate's PhD thesis contributions and potential impact, and justification of the nomination (two pages maximum);

  2. PhD thesis; and
  3. Three endorsement letters supporting the nomination including the significant PhD thesis contributions of the candidate. Each endorsement should be no longer than 500 words with clear specification of nominee PhD thesis contributions and potential impact on the computer and information security field.

The nomination rules are:
  1. The nominee can be any member of the scientific community.
  2. The nominator must be a SIGSAC member.
  3. No self-nomination is allowed.

Award Selection Committee

The Award Selection Committee consists of four SIGSAC members and the Selection Committee chair.

  • Gilles Barthe (gilles.barthe@imdea.org)
  • Matthew Smith (smith@cs.uni-bonn.de)
  • Cristina Nita-Rotaru (cnitarot@gmail.com)
  • Farinaz Koushanfar (fkoushanfar@eng.ucsd.edu)
  • Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, Chair (ahmad.sadeghi@trust.tu-darmstadt.de)

Funding

The award honorarium, the award plaques and the conference registration fee for the winner to attend the ACM CCS Conference will be fully funded by SIGSAC and include in its annual budget.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest

A member of the award selection committee who has a potential conflict of interest (see Appendix A for definition of conflict of interest) should report it to the committee chair, and the committee chair will determine whether a conflict exists. If the conflict exists, the committee chair and the SIGSAC executive committee chair will replace the member of the award selection committee with another volunteer.

Appendix A

A potential conflict of interest occurs when a person is involved in making a decision that:

  • could result in that person, a close associate of that person, or that person's company or institution receiving significant financial gain, such as a contract or grant, or

  • could result in that person, or a close associate of that person, receiving significant professional recognition, such as an award or the selection of a paper, work, exhibit, or other type of submitted presentation.

Some examples of instances of associations that could cause a conflict of interest are:

  • employment at the same institution or company
  • candidate for employment at the same institution or company
  • received an honorarium or stipend from the institution or company within the last year
  • co-author on book or paper in the last 48 months
  • co-principal investigator on grant or research project
  • actively working on project together
  • family relationship
  • close personal relationship
  • graduate advisee/advisor relationship
  • deep personal animosity

Prior Award Recipients:

ACM SIGSAC Dissertation Award Winners

2016
  • SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award Winner:
    Lucas Davi, TU Darmstadt
    Title: Code-Reuse Attacks and Defenses

  • SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award Runners-Up:
    Ben Niu, Lehigh University
    Title: Practical Control-Flow Integrity

  • SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award Runners-Up:
    William C. Garrison III, University of Pittsburgh
    Title: Techniques for Application-Aware Suitability Analysis of Access Control Systems

2015
  • SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award Winner:
    Nicholás Bordenabe, École Polytechnique
    Title: Measuring Privacy with Distinguishability Metrics: Definitions, Mechanisms and Application to Location Privacy

  • SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award Runners-Up:
    Karl Koscher, University of Washington
    Title: Securing Embedded Systems: Analyses of Modern Automotive Systems and Enabling Near-Real Time Dynamic Analysis

2014
  • SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award Winner:
    Marek Jawurek, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
    Title: Privacy in Smart Grids

  • SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award Runners-Up:

    Sadia Afroz, Drexel University
    Title: Deception in Authorship Attribution

    Christian Wachsmann, TU Damstadt
    Title: Trusted and Privacy Preserving Embedded Systems

Awards Committee

2015 ACM SIGKDD Awards Committee (in alphabetical order)

  • Pedro Domingos (University of Washington)
  • Jiawei Han (University of Illinois)
  • Vipin Kumar (University of Minnesota)
  • Ying Li (EV Analysis Corp.)
  • Gabor Melli (VIgiLink)
  • Bharat Rao (KPMG)
  • Ted Senator — Chair (Leidos)
  • Padhraic Smyth (University of California at Irvine)
  • Ramasamy Uthurusamy (General Motors Corporation, retired)
  • Osmar Zaiane (University of Alberta)

2014 ACM SIGKDD Awards Committee

  • Gabor Melli (VigLink) – Chair of Awards Committee
  • Rakesh Agrawal (Microsoft)
  • Jon Kleinberg (Cornell University)
  • Sunita Sarawagi (Indian Institute of Technology)
  • Bharat Rao (Deloitte)
  • Christos Faloutsos (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Vipin Kumar (University of Minnesota)
  • Ying Li (EV Analysis Corporation)
  • Osmar Zaiane (University of Alberta)
  • Usama Fayyad (Barclays)

2013 ACM SIGKDD Awards Committee

  • Bharat Rao (Deloitte)
  • Christos Faloutsos (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Osmar Zaiane (University of Alberta)
  • Padhraic Smyth (University of California, Irvine)
  • Ross Quinlan (Rulequest Research)
  • Ramasamy Uthurusamy (General Motors Corporation)
  • Sunita Sarawagi (Indian institute of technology)
  • Usama Fayyad (ChoozOn Corporation)
  • Vipin Kumar (University of Minnesota)
  • Ying Li (Concurix Corporation) – Chair of Awards Committee

2012 ACM SIGKDD Awards Committee

  • Ramasamy Uthurusamy, Chair Chid Apte, IBM Research
  • Christos Faloutsos, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Bing Liu, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro, KD Nuggets
  • Daryl Pregibon, Google
  • J. Ross Quinlan, Rulequest
  • Ted Senator, SAIC
  • Padhraic Smyth, University of California at Irvine
  • Qiang Yang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Osmar R. Zaiane, University of Alberta C Past Chair

2011 ACM SIGKDD Awards Committee

  • Osmar R. Zaïane, Chair
  • Ramasamy Uthurusamy, Past Chair
  • Christos Faloutsos (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Peter Flach (University of Bristol)
  • Robert Grossman (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Ying Li (Microsoft)
  • Bing Liu (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Sunita Sarawagi (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay)
  • Padhraic Smyth (University of California at Irvine)
  • Qiang Yang (Hong Kong UST)

 

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