Dependable Computing and

Fault Tolerance

The IEEE Technical Committee on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance
IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance

The William C. Carter phd dissertation Award

The William C. Carter Award has been presented annually since 1997 to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of dependable computing through his or her graduate dissertation research. The award honors the late William C. Carter, a key figure in the formation and development of the field of dependable computing.

Bill Carter's career spanned over four decades, from programming, debugging, and recovery in ENIAC, through reliability, availability and serviceability during the evolution and definition of IBM mainframes. In particular, he took great interest in the future of the field and was instrumental in promoting the work of young contributors. It was characteristic of Bill to take the initiative in reaching out to students and younger colleagues. The William C. Carter Award is intended to honor and carry on his legacy.

In 2016 the award was renamed The William C. Carter PhD Dissertation Award in Dependability and the eligibility requirements changed. To be eligible for the award, the nominee’s PhD defense must be completed prior to the nomination deadline and must have occurred no more than 16 months prior to the nomination deadline. A candidate can be nominated only one time. Previous recipients of the (old or renamed) Carter Award are not eligible.

Nominations are to be made by the nominee's PhD advisor. The nominations package should include (in a single PDF file with the Dissertation last):

  1. A cover letter from the PhD advisor, including a brief nomination statement, the name of the PhD granting institution, and the date that the PhD defense was conducted
  2. The name of one reference whose primary affiliation is outside the PhD granting institution
  3. A dissertation summary in English (suggested length -- three pages). If the dissertation is in English and already includes such a summary, it can be used to satisfy this requirement
  4. List of publications that resulted from the dissertation research, including those that are under review at the time of nomination
  5. Copies of each publication in the previous item
  6. The complete dissertation in its original language

While one or more publications in the Dependable Systems and Networks conference (DSN) are encouraged, this is not a requirement for consideration.

A special committee will evaluate all nominations made in the current year and choose the award recipient. A committee member shall not be allowed to nominate someone for the award nor to serve as a reference for a nominee. For 2017 the committee members are:

  • Christof Fetzer, Chair
  • Valeria Bertacco
  • Elmootazbellah (Mootaz) N. Elnozabhy
  • Michael R. Lyu
  • Richard Schlichting

Nominations for the award to be presented at the 2017 edition of DSN should be sent to no later than 11:59pm CET on March 5, 2017 (hard deadline). As the file including all items of the nomination package is expected to be huzge, please do not email the PDF file, but rather provide a URL link for retrieval from public storage.

The award recipient will receive a $2,000 US cash award, and a waived registration fee to attend the edition of the IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN) at which the award is presented. The recipient will be required to attend DSN to receive the award and will be invited to give a short presentation to DSN attendees.

The award is sponsored by IEEE Technical Committee on Fault-Tolerant Computing (TC-FTC) and IFIP Working Group on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance (WG 10.4).