- 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
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 1, 2016
Nominations are limited to one doctoral dissertation per department.
The final dissertation defense should take place at the nominee's host institution during the calendar year prior to the conference. This means January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 for ACM CCS 2016.
Submissions must be received by the current Chair of the SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee by July 1. 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.
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.
All nomination materials must be submitted electronically to the current Chair of the SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee (Tadayoshi Kohno, email@example.com) 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:
The nomination rules are:
A statement summarizing the candidate's PhD thesis contributions and potential impact, and justification of the nomination (two pages maximum);
- PhD thesis; and
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 nominee can be any member of the scientific community.
- The nominator must be a SIGSAC member.
- No self-nomination is allowed.
Award Selection Committee
The Award Selection Committee will consist of four SIGSAC members, one of whom will be appointed as the Selection Committee chair. Award committee members will be appointed by the current SIGSAC chair. The committee chair will adjudicate conflicts of interest, appointing substitutes to the committee as necessary. Committee members may remain on the committee for up to four years.
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.
The 2016 Committee consists of:
- Srdjan Capkun, ETH
- Jaeyeon Jung, Microsoft Research
- Florian Kerschbaum, SAP
- Tadayoshi Kohno, University of Washington (Chair)
- Rei Safavi-Naini, University of Calgary
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.
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