Larson Award Winners
The following people were awarded the Lance Stafford Larson Student Writing Award.

2019

Graduates

Huang and GoharshadyMingzhang Huang and Amir Kafshdar Goharshady

Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria)

Mingzhang Huang, a Ph.D. student at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Amir Kafshdar Goharshadya Ph.D. student at the Institute of Science and Technology, Austria, won first place with a paper “Modular Verification for Almost-Sure Termination of Probabilistic Programs” that considers the important and classical problem of finding automated proofs for almost-sure termination of probabilistic programs. More specifically, the paper examines modular approaches for proving termination.

 

Raghavendra_Pradyumna_PothukuchiRaghavendra Pradyumna Pothukuchi

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Raghavendra Pradyumna Pothukuchi is a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He took second place for the paper “Tangram: Integrated Control of Heterogeneous Computers,” which developed the fundamental insights to build the future control frameworks for resource-efficient heterogeneous and warehouse-scale computers. The paper addresses a serious problem in the computer industry, and develops a new solution that substantially advances the state of the art.

 

Omer Melih GulOmer Melih Gul

Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey

Omer Melih Gul, Ph.D. candidate at Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey, received third place for the paper, which investigates a scheduling problem in a wireless sensor network where a fusion center collects data from the low-power energy harvesting sensors some of which may have insufficient energy for transmission in some time intervals. The paper proposes Uniforming Random Ordered Policy (UROP) to reduce time and energy consumption of the sensors in the IoT era.

 

Undergraduate

 

Xiangjun PengXiangjun Peng

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Undergraduate student from the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Xiangjun Peng took the undergraduate prize with the paper “Succinct Representations in Collaborative Filtering: A Case Study using Wavelet Tree on 1,000 Cores.” The paper took the case study of Succinct Representations in Collaborative Filtering, rather than using a U-I Matrix to examine Succinct Data Structures as a new infrastructure of CF.

 

2018

  • Sai Thejeshwar, India
  • Amir Kafshdar Goharshady, Austria, and Nastaran Okati, Iran

2017

  • Artur Luis Fernandes de Souza, Brazil
  • Davide Quarta, Italy

2015

  • Ahnaf Rashik Hassan, Bangladesh

2012

  • Pawel  Karol Frankowsk, Poland

2010

  • Diego Mamsoler, Free University of Bozen,  Italy
  • Forest Iandola, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States

2009

  • Spencer Prost, Arizona State University, United States

2006

  • Raihan Masud Khulna, University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh

2005

  • Jonathan Villianueva Tavira, Centro Nacional de Ivest y Desarrollo Tecnologia, Mexico

2004

  • Akin Gunay, Eastern Mediteranean University, Turkey
  • Haitham Kaddoura, American Univesity of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • Rania Azhar Malik, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Pakistan

2003

  • Bhavin Jayprakash Shastri, McGill University, Canada
  • Haitham M Kaddoura, American Univesity of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • V.V. Balaji Viswanath, Thiagarjar College of Engineering, India

2002

  • Kalyana Sundaram, Thiagarjar College of Engineering, India

2001

  • B.I.P. Rubinstein, University of Melbourne, Australia

2000

  • Sung-Won Chung, Pusan National University, Korea
  • Kevin James O’mara, Jr., Loyola College of Maryland, United States

1999

  • Gaurav Tewari, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
  • Javed Asghar, University of Missouri, United States
  • Bob Little, DeVry Insitute, Calgary, Canada

1998

  • Daniel Keefe, Tufts University, United States
  • Guido Pennella, University of Rome, Italy

1997

  • Showbhik Kalra, Nanyang Technological Unversity, Singapore
  • Gim Soon Wan, Merrimack College, United States
  • Kasra Haghighi, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran

1996

  • Jonathan Becker

1995

  • Vikas Sethi, Insitute of Technology, India

1989

  • Wu-chun Feng

1985

  • Bill Davenport