Here is a list of this year's winners of SIGMOD and PODS Awards. Congratulations to all of them for these significant achievements.
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- The 2001 SIGMOD Innovations Award goes to Prof. Rudolf Bayer of the Technical University of Munich, for his invention of the B-Tree (with Edward M. McCreight), of B-Tree prefix compression, and of lock coupling (a.k.a. crabbing) for concurrent access to B-Trees (with Mario Schkolnick). All of these techniques are widely used in commercial database products. Prof. Bayer has also made many other important research contributions to the database field over a 30 year carreer in the areas of transaction management, deductive database, digital libraries, and most recently to OLAP where he developed (with Volker Markl) the UB-Tree index that exploits space-filling curves for multidimensional indexing.
- The 2001 SIGMOD Contributions Award goes to Prof. Daniel J. Rosenkrantz of the University at Albany - State University of New York, for his outstanding and sustained services to the database field. Prof. Rosenkrantz was on the PODS Executive Committee 1990-1995, was PODS General Chair in 1984, 1990, and 1991, and was instrumental in encouraging the co-location of the PODS and SIGMOD Conferences. He has also made important research contributions to database concurrency control. He served as an editor of JACM 1981-1986 and was editor-in-chief of JACM 1986-1991. Prof. Rosenkrantz has carried out pioneering reserch in numerous areas of computer science. He was elected an ACM Fellow in 1995.
- The SIGMOD Best Paper Award this year went to: "Locally Adaptive Dimensionality Reduction for Indexing Large Time Series Databases," by Eamonn J. Keogh, Kaushik Chakrabarti, Sharad Mehrotra, and Michael J. Pazzani (UC Irvine)
- The PODS Best Paper Award went to: "Optimal Aggregation Algorithms for Middleware" by Ronald Fagin (IBM Almaden), Amnon Lotem (Univ. of Maryland), Moni Naor (Weizmann Institute of Science)
- The PODS Best Newcomer Award went to "Relaxed Multi-Way Trees with Group Updates", by Kim S. Larsen (Univ. of Southern Denmark).
- The 2001 ACM Undergraduate Award winners are: Nilesh N. Dalvi (IIT Bombay, India), Antonio Gomez (Univ. Simon Bolivar, Venezuela), Jason Chionh Chern Hooi (National Univ. of Singapore), Sumit K. Sanghaio (IIT Bombay, India), and Markus Wawryniuk (Martin-Luther Univ., Germany).