About ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award

Presented annually to the author(s) of the best doctoral dissertation(s) in computer science and engineering.  The Doctoral Dissertation Award is accompanied by a prize of $20,000, and the Honorable Mention Award is accompanied by a prize totaling $10,000. Winning dissertations will be published in the ACM Digital Library as part of the ACM Books Series.


Recent Doctoral Dissertation Award News

Doctoral Dissertation Award Recognizes Young Researchers

Chelsea Finn of University of California, Berkeley has received ACM's 2018 Doctoral Dissertation Award for introducing algorithms for meta-learning that enable deep networks to solve new tasks from small datasets. Honorable Mentions went to Ryan Beckett and Tengyu Ma, who both received PhDs from Princeton University. Beckett developed new, general and efficient algorithms for creating and validating network control plane configurations, and Ma developed theory to support new trends in machine learning.

Chelsea Finn, Ryan Beckett and Tengyu Ma