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2014 ACM SIGMOD AWARDS Call for nominations Deadline April 18, 2014
The SIGMOD Awards Committee invites nominations for the SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award and the SIGMOD Contributions Award. In addition, the awards committee welcomes nominations regarding the Test of Time Award for the paper in the 2004 SIGMOD Conference that has had the most impact since its publication. The nomination deadline for all awards is April 18, 2014.
ACM SIGMOD 2014 Programming Contest is open for competition.
Student teams from degree granting institutions are invited to compete in the annual SIGMOD programming contest. This year's task is to construct a social network analysis system. Submissions will be judged on their end-to-end execution time for a variety of queries on a large data set. Top finalists will be invited to present their solutions at SIGMOD 2014 in Snowbird, Utah, USA, where the winning team will be awarded a prize of $5,000 USD (generously donated by Microsoft). Please visit for more information.
Call for Nominations - 2014 ACM SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award
The annual ACM SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes excellent research by doctoral candidates in the broad field of data management. This is an advance notice for the invitation of submissions for dissertations awarded between September 1, 2012 and August 30, 2013 that will follow soon. More details on the submission and on the evaluation procedures can be found at
Arnab Nandi is the featured blogger at the SIGMOD blog.
Visit to read Arnab's blog on "Are Databases ready for Gestural Workloads?".
2013 ACM Fellows
Congratulations to Charu C. Aggarwal, Stefano Ceri, Peter Haas, Matthias Jarke, Timos Sellis, Dennis Shasha, Kyuseok Shim, Val Tannen, and Limsoon Wong!
Kristina Lerman is the featured blogger at the SIGMOD blog.
Visit to read Kristina's blog on "The Curses of Heterogeneity in Big Data."
Gio Wiederhold is the featured blogger at the SIGMOD blog.
The title of Gio's post is "Observation: CSers do not value themselves, nor the results of their work?". Read more at the SIGMOD blog (
SOCC early registration deadline extended for SIGMOD members
This year SoCC 2013 will be held on the beautiful campus of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA -- in the heart of Silicon Valley -- on 1-3 October 2013. Although the Early Registration deadline of 10 September has passed, that deadline is being extended through Wednesday, 18 September for SIGMOD members who might have missed announcements in dbworld and via e-mails.
Serge Abiteboul wins the 2013 Milner Award
Congratulations to Serge Abiteboul for winning the Royal Society's prestigious Milner Award, established in 2012 to recognize outstanding achievement in computer science by a European researcher. Serge won the award "in recognition of his world leading database research with significant scientific and industrial impact."
New SIGMOD Officers - Donald Kossmann, Anastasia Ailamaki, and Magdalena Balazinska
Congratulations to the newly elected officers of SIGMOD Chair Donald Kossmann, Vice-chair Anastasia Ailamaki, and Treasurer Magdalena Balazinska. Also a special thanks to the outgoing Chair Yannis Ioannidis, Vice-chair Christian S. Jensen, and Treasurer Alexandros Labrinidis for their dedication, volunteer spirit, and excellent leadership.
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