VLDB Endowment Awards

1. VLDB Early Career Research Contribution Award

The annual VLDB Early Career Researcher award recognizes a researcher who has made a research impact through a specific technical contribution of high significance since completing his/her Ph.D.:

  • The award is given for a specific technical contribution and not for the researcher's accumulative contributions across diverse topics. The technical contribution must have been made after completion of Ph.D.
  • The candidate should have been awarded Ph.D. no earlier than June 30, 2009. The nomination package should include a statement from the advisor (or the department office) confirming the date of graduation of the candidate.
  • The nomination statement (500 words or less) should consist of a brief description of the specific contribution made by the candidate and the significance of that work.
  • Anyone in the community may submit a nomination. Self-nominations are not allowed.
  • The nomination must be supported by three letters of references. The letters need to address the significance and the candidate's role in the specific research contribution cited in the nomination. Advisors, advisees, and co-authors of the nominee who collaborated on the specific research contribution cited in the nomination cannot act as references. Ideally, a reference is a well- known member of the community who has not had a close association with the nominee on the specific topic cited in the nomination, but who can still vouch with authority for the candidate's contribution.
  • Nominations that did not result in an award can be updated in subsequent years as long as the candidate continues to meet the constraint on the Ph.D. graduation date.
  • The award carries a cash prize of USD 2000.
Previous winners of this award were: Daniel Abadi (2013), Thomas Neumann (2014), Christopher Re (2015), and Luna Dong (2016).

2. VLDB Women in Database Research Award

The database community is privileged to have several excellent women researchers who have made significant impact on the field. While so far a few of our women research pioneers have been given the ACM SIGMOD Codd Innovations award, VLDB Endowment feels that we have a tremendous opportunity to celebrate our many accomplished women researchers. The objective of the initiative is for the aspiring and young undergraduate & graduate students, and Ph.D. researchers in Computer Science to see in clear view that that database community recognizes and treasures our female role models.

Starting in 2016, VLDB Board of Trustees will be giving the VLDB Women in Database Research Award to recognize a woman researcher who is an inspiring role model for women researchers as well for the community at large through her significant technical contributions. Additional impact on community outreach will be considered a plus.

  • A nomination statement (500 words or less) should consist of a brief description of one or more technical contribution made by the candidate and the significance of that work. In addition, any contribution to the broader database community may be mentioned.
  • Anyone in the community may submit a nomination. Self-nominations are not allowed.
  • The nomination must be supported by three letters of references. The letters need to address the significance and the candidate's research contributions cited in the nomination. Advisors, advisees, and co-authors of the nominee who collaborated on the research contributions cited in the nomination cannot act as references. Ideally, a reference is a well- known member of the community who has not had a close association with the nominee, but who can still vouch with authority for the candidate's contribution.
  • Nominations that did not result in an award can be updated in subsequent years.
  • The award carries a cash prize of USD 2000.
The first winner of the award was Magdalena Balazinska (2016).

IMPORTANT DEADLINE: Nomination material for VLDB Early career Researcher Award as well as VLDB Women in Database Research Award should be sent via email to Alon Halevy (2017 VLDB Endowment Awards Chair) at alon@recruit.ai no later than May 15, 2017 (11.59pm Pacific Time).

3. 2017 VLDB 10-year Best Paper Award

There is no formal nomination process for this award, but input from the research community is welcome. A paper will be selected from the VLDB Proceedings from 10 years earlier (i.e., from VLDB 2007) that has best met the "test of time," that is, that has had the most influence since its publication. We are especially interested in first-hand accounts of ways in which the ideas of a paper have been used in practice. If you have such information, or any other information which you believe would be of use to the committee, please send email to the chair of the 2017 VLDB Endowment Awards Committee, Alon Halevy, alon@recruit.ai, by May 15, 2017.

2017 VLDB Endowment Awards Committee

Alon Y. Halevy (Chair)
Magdalena Balazinska
Christian S. Jensen
Sunita Sarawagi
Gerhard Weikum