William Chan was an exceptional graduate student in our department who was killed in a tragic automobile accident one week after defending his dissertation and a month before joining the faculty at Brown University. His dissertation was posthumously recognized in the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award competition in 2000.
Each year the faculty are asked to nominate students whose dissertations from the past academic year show exceptional merit. The winner of the award is selected from that pool of nominees by a small group of faculty.
The winner receives a cash award and an individual plaque.
Franzi Roesner, Security & Privacy from Untrusted Applications in Modern & Emerging Client Platforms.
Sidhant Gupta, ElectriSense: Single-Point Sensing Using EMI for Electrical Energy Disaggregation in the Home.
Hadi Esmaeilzadeh, Approximate Acceleration for a Post-Multicore Era.
Prasad Raghavendra, Approximating NP-hard Problems--Efficient Algorithms and Their Limits.
Keith Noah Snavely, Scene Reconstruction and Visualization from Internet Photo Collection.
Honorable Mention, 2010 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.
Aseem Agarwala, Authoring Effective Depictions of Reality by Combining Multiple Samples of the Plenoptic Function
Honorable Mention, 2007 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.
Mike Swift, Improving the Reliability of Commodity OperatingSystems.
Jeremy Buhler, Search Algorithms for Biosequences Using Random Projection
Michael Ernst, Dynamically Detecting Likely Program Invariants.
Honorable Mention, 2001 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.