Recent Alum Receives Best Dissertation Distinction from SPEC

March 29, 2018

Recent alum Benjamin Heintz (Ph.D. 2016) received a rare honor from the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) Research Group.

Due to the high quality of dissertations nominated for SPEC’s 2017 Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award, Heintz’s dissertation titled "Optimizing Timeliness, Accuracy, and Cost in Geo-Distributed Data-Intensive Computing Systems" was selected to be honored as a runner-up to this year’s best dissertation. The award recognizes outstanding doctoral dissertations within the scope of the SPEC Research Group in terms of scientific originality, scientific significance, practical relevance, impact, and quality of the presentation.

The SPEC awards committee noted in its public announcement “the innovativeness and the practical applicability of the methods and metrics proposed by Dr. Heintz to address the tradeoff between staleness of data and the quantity to be processed.”

Particularly, the awards committee appreciated Heintz’s “thorough, meticulous, insightful, and methodologically rigorous analyses presented in the dissertation.”

Heintz was advised by Professor Abhishek Chandra and received his Ph.D. in December of 2016.  He currently is a software engineer at Facebook.

Please join CS&E in extending our congratulations to Dr. Heintz on receiving this award.

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