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ACM SIGSOFT Impact Paper Award

The ACM SIGSOFT Impact Paper Award is presented annually to the author(s) of a paper presented at a SIGSOFT sponsored or co-sponsored conference held at least 10 years prior to the award year. In including all of SIGSOFT's conferences in the competition, this award recognizes the breadth and vitality of the software engineering community. The papers are judged by their influence since their publication. The award includes a $1000 honorarium to be split amongst the authors as they choose, a award certificate of recognition for each author, an invitation for the authors to present a keynote talk at the current year's annual SIGSOFT Foundations of Software conference, as well as inclusion of a full-length paper in the SIGSOFT conference proceedings. Travel support in the amount of $2000 will be provided, split amongst the attending authors as they choose. A public citation for the award paper will be placed on the SIGSOFT web site.

The award given in year N is for a highly influential paper presented at a conference held in calendar year N-10 or prior. A selection committee and selection committee chair will be selected by the current SIGSOFT Executive Committee. The committee chair shall adjudicate conflicts of interest, appointing substitutes to the committee as necessary. For purposes of continuity, committee members may remain on the committee for up to three years. The award committee shall be no less than three people in size.

In addition to the Annual Awards described above, in the first 5 years of the award, an additional selection committee and selection committee chair will be appointed in the same manner as above, to make up to 23 additional Retrospective Impact Paper Awards. No more than 5 Retrospective Awards will be made per year, and they will be awarded to papers published prior to 1998, the first eligible N-10 year (since SIGSOFT was founded in 1975, 23 years prior to 1998). This committee will communicate with the other committee to avoid duplicate awards. Retrospective Awards will be made in the form of an award plaque for each author and a public citation of the award.

Nominations for the Annual Award should be made electronically to Carlo Ghezzi in December of each year. The results will be announced in August. Nominations for the Retrospective Awards should be made electronically to Rick Adrion in December of each year.

 

Previous Recipients of the Impact Paper Award and Paper Name

Annual Awards

2009 Zeller, A. Yesterday, my program worked. Today, it does not. Why?. In Proceedings of the 7th European Software Engineering Conference Held Jointly with the 7th ACM SIGSOFT international Symposium on Foundations of Software Engineering (Toulouse, France, September 06 - 10, 1999). Foundations of Software Engineering. Springer-Verlag, London, 253-267. (Listen to Andreas' Impact Award keynote here.))
2008 Rosenblum, D. S. and Wolf, A. L. A design framework for Internet-scale event observation and notification. In Proceedings of the 6th European SOFTWARE ENGINEERING Conference Held Jointly with the 5th ACM SIGSOFT international Symposium on Foundations of Software Engineering (Zurich, Switzerland, September 22 - 25, 1997). M. Jazayeri and H. Schauer, Eds. Foundations of Software Engineering. Springer-Verlag New York, New York, NY, 344-360.

 

Retrospective Awards

Awarded in 2009 Awarded in 2008