SIGBED Research and Career Awards

SIGBED Early Career Researcher Award 2021

Call for Nominations

ACM SIGBED established the Early Career Researcher Award in 2017 to recognize contributions by junior researchers in the area of embedded, real-time, and cyber-physical systems. We are now inviting nominations for the 2021 edition of this award.

Award Recipients


  • Swarun Kumar

    Carnegie Mellon University


  • Nan Guan

    Hong Kong Polytechnic University


  • Alessandro Biondi

    Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

  • Miroslav Pajic

    Duke University


  • Björn Brandenburg

    Max Planck Institute for Software Systems


The nominee should be a SIGBED member, should have obtained a PhD (or equivalent degree) after January 1, 2014, and have a research focus on topics of relevance to SIGBED. See SIGBED webpage for SIGBED sponsored conferences to determine relevance and instructions regarding how to join SIGBED.

Nomination Process

The nomination package should consist of a nomination letter from a senior researcher in the field summarizing the nominee’s research contributions and explaining its significance and relevance to SIGBED. The letter should also compare the nominee’s research impact and scholarship with others at a similar stage in their career, and make a convincing case for an early career award.

In addition, the following should be included in the package. A document, listing in a tabular form, the following information about the nominee:

  • Name
  • Current affiliation and position/rank
  • Research area (max 12 words)
  • Number of journal publications
  • Number of conference publications
  • Total number of citations and H-index according to Google Scholar
  • Top journals and top conferences (max 5 each) where the nominee has published, along with how many publications in each of those forums
  • Three most important contributions, along with a short (max 100 words) description of each of them
  • List of major awards/honors
  • Important research funding/projects (such as NSF CAREER award) along with the nominee’s role (PI/co-PI) and funding amount
  • Short description of contributions to education/teaching (e.g., courses taught, new courses developed) (max 150 words)

Finally, a CV of the nominee is needed, containing a full publication list.

All of these three documents (nomination letter, summary, and CV) should be sent as a single PDF file by email to the chair of the award selection committee. The subject of the email should be “Nomination for ACM SIGBED Early Career Researcher Award 2021”. The main can be sent either by the nominator or the nominee. Please contact the chair for any questions.

Nomination Deadline

In order to ensure full consideration, please send your nomination to the Chair of the Award Selection Committee by:

March 15, 2021.

But nominations might be accepted until a final decision is made.

Award Details

The chosen nominee will be notified before CPSWeek 2021, and the award will be presented by ACM SIGBED Chair at 2021 CPSWeek. The award consists of a plaque engraved with the nominee’s name and a $1,000 honorarium. Funding for the award is provided by ACM SIGBED.

2021 Award Selection Committee

  • Samarjit Chakraborty (UNC Chapel Hill) – Chair
  • Ayse Coskun (Boston University)
  • Sanjoy Baruah (Washington University in St. Louis)
  • Reinhard Wilhelm (Saarland University)
  • Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli (UC Berkeley)
  • Hai “Helen” Li (Duke University)
  • Polly Huang (National Taiwan University)
  • Massimo Poncino (Politecnico di Torino)
  • Prabal Dutta (UC Berkeley)
  • Kang Shin (University of Michigan)
  • Nikil Dutt (University of California, Irvine)

Conflict of Interest Policy

The award committee members are not allowed to nominate anyone. If their former students or colleagues from the same institution are nominated, then appropriate steps will be taken to ensure that the decision on the award remains impartial.

Past Award Selection Committees


  • Samarjit Chakraborty (UNC Chapel Hill) – Chair
  • Sanjoy Baruah (Washington University in St. Louis)
  • Reinhard Wilhelm (Saarland University)
  • Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli (UC Berkeley)
  • Prabal Dutta (UC Berkeley)
  • Massimo Poncino (Politecnico di Torino)
  • Kang Shin (University of Michigan)
  • Nikil Dutt (University of California, Irvine)


  • Sanjoy Baruah (Chair), Washington University in Saint Louis
  • Rolf Ernst, Technical University of Braunschweig
  • Janos Sztipanovits, Vanderbilt University
  • Lothar Thiele, ETH Zurich
  • Marilyn Wolf, Georgia Tech


  • Rajeev Alur (Chair), University of Pennsylvania,
  • Sanjoy Baruah, Washington University in Saint Louis
  • Janos Sztipanovits, Vanderbilt University
  • Marilyn Wolf, Georgia Tech