SIGCOMM Rising Star Award Winners

Each year, ACM SIGCOMM presents a "Rising Star" Award, recognizing a young researcher - an individual no older than 35 - who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of communication networks during this early part of his or her career. Depth, impact, and novelty of the researcher's contributions will be key criteria upon which the Rising Star award committee evaluate the nominees. Also of particular interest are strong research contributions made independently from the nominee's PhD advisor.

  • 2013: Sachin Katti (Stanford University)
    The award is in recognition of outstanding research contributions, early in his career, in wireless communications and networking. His approach to cross-layer wireless design brings together computer networking, signal processing and information theory to solve long-standing problems in wireless networks. Highlights of his research contributions include a practical approach to achieve full-duplex radios (Mobicom'10, MOBICOM'11, SIGCOMM'13) and rateless network design for practical adapation of sender transmission rate (SIGCOMM'11, MOBICOM'12). To quote from his nomination "Sachin Katti’s research has transformed the way we think about wireless communications."
  • 2012: Teemu Koponen (VMware)
    This award to Teemu Koponen is in recognition of outstanding research contributions, early in his career, on Information Centric Networking, Accountable Internetworking, and Software Defined Networking. His architectural ideas are deep, have improved practice, and crucially, he has put in significant effort in figuring out how to actually make them happen.
  • 2011: Sylvia Ratnasamy (UC Berkeley)
    The award to Sylvia Ratnasamy is in recognition of outstanding research contributions, early in her career, in content addressable networks, peer-to-peer and overlay networks, and the realization of practical software routers.
  • 2010: Nick Feamster (Georgia Tech)
    The award to Nick Feamster is in recognition of outstanding research contributions, early in his career, in network operations and security. His ongoing work with network operators has resulted in innovative and practical systems for making networks more secure, more available, and easier to manage.
  • 2009: Ratul Mahajan (Microsoft Research)
    The award to Ratul Mahajan is in recognition of outstanding research contributions, early in his career, in network management and wireless communication, where his measurement driven approach has culminated in innovative and practically adopted systems.
  • 2008: Konstantina (Dina) Papagiannaki (Intel Research, USA)
    The award to Konstantina Papagiannaki is in recognition of outstanding research contributions, early in her career, on the role of measurements for the development of efficient algorithms in the design, planning, and management of wired and wireless IP networks.

The SIGCOMM Rising Star award was initiated by the CoNEXT steering committee, then adopted by SIGCOMM. Its first two recipients were awarded the "CoNEXT Rising Star Award."

  • 2007: Ion Stoica (UC Berkeley, USA)
    The award to Ion Stoica is in recognition of outstanding research contributions, early in his career, on advances in Internet architecture, overlay networks and practical distributed systems.
  • 2006: Matthias Grossglauser (EPFL, Switzerland)
    The award to Matthias Grossglauser is in recognition of outstanding research contributions, early in his career, on modeling and design of wired and mobile networks and architectures.