The William Chan Memorial Dissertation Award

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. The winner's name is engraved on a plaque on display in the department's main office.

YearAwardeeDissertation Title 

2013
Hadi Esmaeilzadeh
Approximate Acceleration for a Post-Multicore Era
 

2012

Jon Froehlich
Sensing and Feedback of Everyday Activities to Promote Pro-environmental Behaviors

2012
Ethan Katz-Bassett
Systems for Improving Internet Availability and Performance
 

2011
Seth Cooper
A Framework for Scientic Discovery through Video Games
Winner, 2012 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award

2011
Roxana Geambasu
Regaining Control over Cloud and Mobile Data
 

2009
Prasad Raghavendra
Approximating NP-hard Problems--Efficient Algorithms and Their Limits
 

2009
Keith Noah Snavely
Scene Reconstruction and Visualization from Internet Photo Collection
Honorable Mention, 2010 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award
 

2008
Krzysztof Gajos
Automatically Generating Personalized User Interface
 

2008
Tapan Parikh
Designing an Architecture for Delivering Mobile Information Services to the Rural Developing World
 

2007
Lin Liao
Location-Based Activity Recognition
 

2007
Atri Rudra
List Decoding and Property Testing of Error Correcting Codes
 

2006
Aseem Agarwala
Authoring Effective Depictions of Reality by Combining Multiple Samples of the Plenoptic Function
Honorable Mention, 2007 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award

2006
Mike Swift
Improving the Reliability of Commodity Operating Systems
 

2005
Gerome Miklau
Confidentiality and Integrity in Distributed Data Exchange
 

2005
Zasha Weinberg
Accurate Annotation of Non-Coding RNAs in Practical Time
 

2004
Luke McDowell
Meaning for the Mases: Theory and Applications for Semantic Web and Semantic Email Systems

 
2004
Matthew Richardson
Learning and Inference in Collective Knowledge Bases
 

2003
AnHai Doan
Learning to Map between Structured Representations of Data
Winner, 2004 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award

2003
Jonathan Aldrich
Using Types to Enforce Architectural Structure
 

2002
Mathieu Blanchette
Algorithms for Phylogenetic Footprinting
 

2002
Stefan Savage
Protocol Design in an Uncooperative Internet
 

2001
Jeremy Buhler
Search Algorithms for Biosequences Using Random Projection
 

2000
Michael Ernst
Dynamically Detecting Likely Program Invariants
Honorable Mention, 2001 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award

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