Dependable Computing and

Fault Tolerance

The IEEE Technical Committee on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance
IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance

The William C. Carter PhD Dissertation Award in Dependability

About the Carter Award

The IEEE TC on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance (TCFT) and IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance (WG 10.4) jointly sponsor the William C. Carter PhD Dissertation Award in Dependability.

Instituted in 1997 as the William C. Carter Award, it was reformulated in 2016, where the present name and eligibility requirements aim at recognizing an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of dependable and secure computing throughout his or her PhD dissertation.

The award recipient will receive a $2,000 US cash award, and a waived registration fee to attend the edition of the IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN) at which the award is presented. The recipient will be required to attend DSN to receive the award and will be invited to give a short presentation to DSN attendees.

Eligibility and Nomination

To be eligible for the award, the nominee’s PhD defense must be completed prior to the nomination deadline and must have occurred no more than 16 months prior to the nomination deadline. A candidate can be nominated only one time. Previous recipients of the (old or renamed) Carter Award are not eligible.

Nominations are to be made by the nominee's PhD advisor. The nominations package should include (in a single PDF file with the Dissertation last):

  1. A cover letter from the PhD advisor, including a brief nomination statement, the name of the PhD granting institution, and the date that the PhD defense was conducted
  2. The name of one reference whose primary affiliation is outside the PhD granting institution
  3. A dissertation summary in English (suggested length -- three pages). NOT NEEDED if the dissertation is in English and already includes such a summary
  4. List of publications that resulted from the dissertation research (including those that are under review at the time of nomination)
  5. Copies of each publication in the previous item
  6. The complete dissertation in its original language

While not a requirement for consideration, publications in the Dependable Systems and Networks conference (DSN) are encouraged.

A special committee will evaluate all nominations made in the current year and choose the award recipient. A committee member shall not be allowed to nominate someone for the award nor to serve as a reference for a nominee.

Carter Award 2019 Committee members

Susanna Donatelli, Univ. of Torino, Italy (

Miguel P. Correia, INESC-ID, Portugal (
Michel Cukier, Univ. of Maryland, US (
Zbigniew Kalbarczyk, UIUC, US (
Simin Nadjm-Tehrani, Linköping Univ., Sweden, (

Nominations for the award to be presented at the 2019 edition of DSN should be mailed to the Chair Susanna Donatelli ( ), no later than 11:59pm CET on February 8, 2019 (hard deadline). Make sure the words Carter Award are in the subject line. You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt (try again if you don’t). If you have difficulties with the size of the file including the nomination package, you may provide a URL link for retrieval in your email. The winning work will be announced by May 10, 2019.

About William C. Carter

The award honors the late William C. Carter, a key figure in the formation and development of the field of dependable computing. Bill Carter's career spanned over four decades, from programming, debugging, and recovery in ENIAC, through reliability, availability and serviceability during the evolution and definition of IBM mainframes. In particular, he took great interest in the future of the field and was instrumental in promoting the work of young contributors. It was characteristic of Bill to take the initiative in reaching out to students and younger colleagues.