The Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) has announced the selection of Bernard Haeupler as the recipient of the 2014 Doctoral Thesis Award in Distributed Systems. Dr. Haeupler completed his thesis titled "Probabilistic Methods for Distributed Information Dissemination" in June 2013 under the supervision of professors Jonathan Kelner, Muriel Medard and David Karger. Haeupler received the George Sprowls Thesis award in the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the time for this work. Currently a postdoc at Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, Dr. Haeupler will join the faculty of the Department of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in the fall.
As noted in the ACM announcement of this award: "Bernhard Haeupler’s thesis provides a sweeping multidisciplinary study of information dissemination in a network, making fundamental contributions to distributed computing and its connections to theoretical computer science and information theory. The thesis addresses an impressive list of topics to which Dr. Bernhard Haeupler contributed significantly. These topics include the design and analysis of gossip protocols overcoming the dependency to connectivity parameters such as conductance, the introduction of a completely new technique for analyzing the performance of network coding gossip algorithms, and new randomized protocols for multi-hop radio networks. These are just a few samples of the very many important contributions of Dr. Bernhard Haeupler’s thesis, and the work in this dissertation is distinguished by an impressive combination of creativity, breadth, and technical skill."
The award is sponsored jointly by the ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC) and the EATCS Symposium on Distributed Computing (DISC). This award is presented annually, with the presentation taking place alternately at PODC and DISC. This year 2014 it will be presented at DISC, to be held at Austin, Texas, October 12-15, 2014.