SIGCOMM 2013 Awards

2013 SIGCOMM Award (to be presented at SIGCOMM 2013):

Larry Peterson For ground-breaking advances in how networking and distributed systems research is conducted, and major contributions to education.


2013 Test of Time Award (to be presented at SIGCOMM 2013, two winners this year):

PlanetLab: an overlay testbed for broad-coverage services, Brent Chun, David Culler, Timothy Roscoe, Andy Bavier, Larry Peterson, Mike Wawrzoniak and Mic Bowman, in CCR, Volume 33 Issue 3 (July 2003)

For catalyzing a qualitative change in the nature of experimental networking research. By overcoming barriers to planetary scale experimentation and deployment, the authors---and their enduring testbed artifact---ushered in a new era of empirically validated network protocol design, catalyzed community-wide attention to the thoughtful construction and employment of appropriate research infrastructures, testbeds, and measurement platforms, and helped to foster a now vibrant research area focused on understanding Internet-scale network phenomena.

A delay-tolerant network architecture for challenged internets, Kevin Fall, Proc. SIGCOMM 2003

For anchoring a line of network architecture research that represented a sharp conceptual break from the internet-centric focus of the community at the time, substantially broadened the scope of applicability of networked computer communication, and remains a vital and active research topic today serving domains ranging from resource-poor rural environments to interplanetary space science support.


2012 SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation Award (to be presented at SIGCOMM 2013, but recipient can choose to be recognized at CoNEXT 2013):

Shyamnath Gollakota (winner)

The dissertation provides a fundamentally new and practical way to deal with interference in the wireless medium, often rendering it harmless or even turning it into an advantage. While traditional wireless systems have attempted to avoid interference, this thesis is the first to practically demonstrate techniques to decode packets under significant interference and leveraging it for improved security. The thesis is transformative and can significantly impact the design of future wireless communication systems.

Ashok Anand (runners up)

The dissertation presents a range of innovative techniques to eliminate redundancies in traffic across diverse hosts, routers, and networks across the Internet. The work itself is rigorous and comprehensive in its treatment of redundancy elimination techniques. As the demand for Internet bandwidth continues to be higher than ever before, such approaches can prove to be highly beneficial.

Laurent Vanbever (runners up)

The dissertation provides fundamental innovations that allow a network to be re-configured without causing inconsistencies in network routing structures. The thesis encompasses good theoretical concepts that ensure global correctness properties and practical manifestations of these concepts to make them deployable. As networks around us continue to get more complex, the techniques developed in this thesis provide significant tools to improve efficient management of these networks.


2012 Rising Star Award (was presented at CoNEXT 2012):

Teemu Koponen

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 influenced other researchers, and crucially, he has put in signficant effort in figuring out how to transfer the ideas effectively into practice.