The Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) is pleased to announce that the 2014 Doctoral Dissertation Award in Distributed Computing has been awarded to Dr. Bernhard Haeupler. Dr. Haeupler recently completed his PhD in the Theory Group in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department where he was supervised by RLE PI Muriel Médard as well as Professors Jonathan Kelner and David Karger.

The award citation reads:

Bernhard Haeupler’s thesis provides a sweeping multidisciplinary study of information dissemination in a network, making fundamental contributions to distributed computing and its connections to theoretical computer science and information theory. The thesis addresses an impressive list of topics to which Dr. Bernhard Haeupler contributed significantly. These topics include the design and analysis of gossip protocols overcoming the dependency to connectivity parameters such as conductance, the introduction of a completely new technique for analyzing the performance of network coding gossip algorithms, and new randomized protocols for multi-hop radio networks. These are just a few samples of the very many important contributions of Dr. Bernhard Haeupler’s thesis, and the work in this dissertation is distinguished by an impressive combination of creativity, breadth, and technical skill.”

The Distributed Computing Doctoral Dissertation Award is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC) and the EATCS Symposium on Distributed Computing (DISC). The award will be presented to Dr. Haeupler in a ceremony at the DISC on October 12–15, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Haeupler has accepted a faculty position and will be joining the Department of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon in the fall. He continues working in the intersection of information theory and distributed computing, most recently by exploring the fundamental possibilities of achieving error correction for interactive communications.