SIGCOMM Rising Star Award

Each year, ACM SIGCOMM will present a "Rising Star" Award, recognizing a young researcher - an individual no older than 35 - who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of communication networks during this early part of their career. Depth, impact, and novelty of the researcher's contributions will be key criteria upon which the Rising Star Award Committee will evaluate the nominees. Also of particular interest are strong research contributions made independently from the nominee's PhD advisor.

After a rigorous and competitive selection process, following an open call for nominations, the 2009 ACM SIGCOMM Rising Star Award has been awarded to: Ratul Mahajan (Microsoft Research, USA)

The award will be presented by at the annual ACM CoNEXT conference, where the award-winner will deliver a keynote address with the title: How to build research network systems in your spare time.


The nominee must be 35 years of age or younger as of December 31st of the year in which the award is made.

The Rising Star Award Committee solicits nominations for deserving candidates.

The nominator should solicit recommendations from colleagues in the field who are most familiar with the nominee's achievements.

Copies of published work should not be sent.

The nominator is responsible for ensuring that all nomination materials reach the Rising Star Award Committee Chair, by email, by the submission deadline.

Nominations that arrive after the deadline will be held over to the following year for consideration. Nominations that did not result in an award can be resubmitted or updated in subsequent years.

Self-nominations are not accepted.

Material to be included in the nomination:

Nominations must be sent to by October 15, 2009, 11:59pm CET.

SIGCOMM Rising Start Award Committee

Anja Feldmann, Deutsche Telekom Laboratory/TU Berlin, Germany (Chair)
Per Gunningberg, Uppsala, Sweden
Peter Key, Microsoft Research, UK
Dina Papagiannaki, Intel Research, USA
Jennifer Rexford, Princeton University, USA