[TYPES/announce] Santiago Zanella wins the EAPLS Best PhD Dissertation Award 2011

Arend Rensink rensink at cs.utwente.nl
Tue Apr 3 09:16:40 EDT 2012

It is the great pleasure of the European Association on Programming
Languages and Systems to announce the outcome of the EAPLS Best
Dissertation Award 2011.

This award is given to the PhD student who has made the most original
and influential contribution to the area of Programming Languages and
Systems, and has graduated in the period from November 2010 up to
November 2011 at a European academic institute. The purpose of the award
is to draw attention to excellent work, to help the career of the
student in question, and to promote the research field as a whole.

The winner of this second edition of the EAPLS Dissertation Award is

     Dr. Santiago Zanella Béguelin
     École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris

for his dissertation on

     Formal Certification of Game-Based Cryptographic Proofs

The winner was selected by a committee of international experts. Details
on the procedure can be found at http://eapls.org/pages/phd_award/. The
candidate theses were judged on originality, impact, relevance, and
quality of writing.

The jury concluded unanimously that Dr. Zanella's dissertation is an
outstanding piece of work; it ended first amidst some very strong
contenders. A very short summary of the qualities of the thesis:

* It contains important results in a notoriously difficult area, by
bringing together the different fields of cryptography and programming
languages, with essential contributions from probability and complexity;

* It has a potentially high impact, as already shown by the large number
of citations;

* It has very wide scope, including theory, tool implementation and
non-toy case studies;

* Despite the complexity of the subject matter, it is very well-written
and readable.

The EAPLS heartily congratulates Dr. Zanella as well as his supervisor,
Gilles Barthe, with winning the award. We believe that the quality of
the work is a clear sign of a long and fruiful academic career in the
area of Programming Languages and Systems.

Arend Rensink                         http://www.cs.utwente.nl/~rensink
Department of Computer Science             mailto:rensink at cs.utwente.nl
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