Department of Information Technology

Awards and Honours

Below we present the awards and honours that have been bestowed on the department's staff and students during 2017. Lists of prices awarded earlier years are archived on the pages for research, education and other awards.

IT students Win Prize for Creativity


UppSense - Uppsala University's SensUs Team - recently participated in SensUS 2017, an annual international student competition on sensors for health. Two members on the team - Maximilian Stiefel and Elmar van Rijnswou - are students in the Master's programme in Embedded Systems at the Department of Information Technology.

The team's contribution won "The Creativity Award", one of the four prizes of the contest. Congratulations from all of us at the department!

Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Benzelius Award

Fredrik Lindsten was conferred the Benzelius award by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences at a ceremony held in the Gustavian Museum on August 30, 2017. The motivation is as follows:

“Dr. Fredrik Lindsten receives the Benzelius award for his fundamental achievements in the intersection between signal processing, machine learning and computational statistics.”

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Uppsala was founded in 1710 and is Sweden's oldest scientific academy. It is a very active and committed academy, that, among other things, supports Swedish research of the highest quality by awarding prizes and awards to deserving researchers.

The Benzelius award was established in the early 1980s in order to accentuate and reward the achievements of young deserving researchers using the Society's own resources.

Read more about the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences here.


CAV award 2017

Parosh Abdulla and Bengt Jonsson have, together with two French research colleagues, received the prestigious "CAV award" in 2017. The award is in recognition of their research on verification of correctness for parallel programs and computer systems.

The precise motivation reads "Parosh Aziz Abdulla, Alain Finkel, Bengt Jonsson, and Philippe Schnoebelen receive the 2017 CAV Award for the development of general mathematical structures leading to general decidability results for the verification of infinite state transition systems."

The four recipients of the CAV award have since the 90-s developed increasingly powerful techniques for verification and bug-finding in parallel programs. Among their most important results are general analysis techniques that have had strong and lasting influence on the field, and shown to be applicable to an impressively large number of verification problems, including the automatic verification of multi-threaded programs and network protocols.

Parosh Abdulla and Bengt Jonsson's research has in recent years been conducted under the hood of the UPMARC centre of excellence, where they have developed methods and tools for analyzing parallel programs that execute on multicore processors.

The "CAV Award" is given once per year at the annual conference on Computer-Aided Verification, which is the most prominent international conference for research on computer aided verification. The purpose of the award is to recognize influential and prominent research in the area. Parosh Abdulla och Bengt Jonsson received the award dollar together with Alain Finkel and Philippe Schnoebelen, Paris, at this year's conference in Heidelberg.

More information can be found at "CAV award" in 2017 and at for previous years.

2018 IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing

Peter Stoica has been named the recipient of the 2018 IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing. The Fourier Award is IEEE's most prestigious Technical Field Award for signal processing, awarded for an outstanding contribution to the advancement of signal processing, other than in the areas of speech and audio processing. You can read more about the award here.

Best paper award at DCOSS 2017

Kasun Hewage and Thiemo Voigt, together with Asanka Sayakkara, Namal Jayasuriya, Tharindu Ranathunga, Chathura Suduwella, Nithila Vithanage, Chamath Keppitiyagama and Kasun De Zoysa from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, were awarded the Best Paper Award for their article "Eloc: Locating Wild Elephants using Low-cost Infrasonic Detectors" at the 2017 International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems (DCOSS 2017).

Wallenberg Foundation Postdoctoral Scholarship Program at Stanford

Martin Almquist has received the Wallenberg Foundation Postdoctoral Scholarship Program at Stanford from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation for four years of postdoctoral studies in Sweden and at Stanford University in the United States. See the announcement here.

Best Readings in Internet of Things

The paper “Lithe: Lightweight Secure CoAP for the Internet of Things” by Thiemo Voigt and Kasun Hewage, along with SICS-UU colleagues S. Raza, H. Shafagh, and R. Hummen, has been selected "Best Readings in Internet of Things" by the IEEE Communications Society.

Uppsala University’s Rudbeck Medal

Peter Stoica has been honoured with the 2017 Uppsala University Rudbeck Medal "for extraordinarily prominent achievements in science, to be conferred primarily for such accomplishments or findings attained at Uppsala University."

The motivation reads: Peter Stoica is a master at using theoretical models to describe the spectral appearance of signals. His broad interests include issues such as wireless communications, microwave imaging in locating breast cancer, radar signals, signals from landmines, to name a few. Stoica is one of the world's most cited scientists in the field of engineering sciences and has contributed with important textbooks for our education.

Updated  2017-09-22 09:22:07 by Peter Waites.