SIGMM Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis in Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications

Award Description

This award is presented at most once per year to a researcher whose PhD thesis has the potential of very high impact in multimedia computing, communication and applications, or gives direct evidence of such impact. A selection committee will evaluate contributions towards advances in multimedia including multimedia analysis, processing, integration, systems, network services, applications, and interfaces. The committee will particularly value work which is at the core of the multimedia community so a thesis consisting of material for which ACM Multimedia is the primary venue for publication. To that end it is good to consult the ACM 2019 Multimedia reviewer guidelines.

The award includes a US$500 honorarium, an award certificate of recognition, and an invitation for the recipient to receive the award at the ACM International Conference on Multimedia (ACM Multimedia). A public citation for the award will be placed on the SIGMM website, in the SIGMM Records e-newsletter as well as in the ACM e-newsletter.


The award honorarium, the award plaque of recognition and travel expenses to the ACM International Conference on Multimedia will be fully sponsored by the SIGMM budget.

Nomination Applications

Nominations will be solicited by Gerald Friedland ( with an award decision to be made by September 1st, 2020. This timing will allow a recipient to prepare for the award presentation at ACM Multimedia 2020.

The initial nomination for a PhD thesis must relate to a dissertation deposited at the nominee’s Academic Institution in 2019. Some dissertations may be held for up to three years by the selection committee for reconsideration. If the original thesis is not in English, a full English translation must be provided with the submission.

You should upload in the paper field:

  1. PhD thesis

And as supplementary material, combined into one pdf file:

  1. Statement summarizing the candidate’s PhD thesis contributions and potential impact, and justification of the nomination (two pages maximum);
  2. Curriculum Vitae of the nominee
  3. Three endorsement letters supporting the nomination including the significant PhD thesis contributions of the candidate. Each endorsement should be no longer than 500 words with clear specification of nominee PhD thesis contributions and potential impact on the multimedia field.
  4. A concise statement (one sentence) of the PhD thesis contribution for which the award is being given. This statement will appear on the award certificate and on the website.

Previous Recipients

  • 2019 Abdelhak Bentaleb for a thesis entitled “Enabling Optimisations of Video Delivery in HTTP Adaptive Streaming” at the National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • 2018 Zhisheng Yan for a thesis entitled "Sustained Mobile Visual Computing: A Human-Centered Perspective," at the State University of New York, University at Buffalo, USA.
  • 2017 Chien-Nan (Shannon) Chen for a thesis entitled "Semantics-Aware Content Delivery Framework For 3D Tele-Immersion" at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
  • 2016 Christoph Kofler for a thesis entitled  “User Intent in Online Video Search” at the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.
  • 2015 Ting Yao for a thesis entitled “Multimedia Search by Self, External, and Crowdsourcing Knowledge” at the at City University of Hong Kong with an Honorable Mention recognition to Britta Meixner for a thesis entitled “Annotated Interactive Non-linear Video - Software Suite, Download and Cache Management.” at the University of Passau, Germany.
  • 2014 Zhigang Ma for a thesis entitled “From Concepts to Events: A Progressive Process for Multimedia Content Analysis” at the University of Trento, Italy.
  • 2013 Xirong Li for a thesis entitled "Content-based visual search learned from social media" at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2012 Wanmin Wu for a thesis entitled “Human-Centric Control of Video Functions and Underlying Resources in 3D Tele-Immersive Systems.” at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.