ACM Europe Council Sponsors Best Paper Awards at Conferences

The ACM Europe Council Best Paper Awards recognize authors of outstanding technical contributions to ACM conferences taking place in Europe. The award will acknowledge groundbreaking research in each conference's respective field for its importance and contribution to the area, to highlight theoretical and practical innovations that are likely to shape the future of computing both in Europe and worldwide.

Award Criteria and Selection Process
Every ACM Conference that takes place in Europe in the award year is eligible for the Award. The recipient of the award will be chosen by an award committee in conformance with Conference Policies.

Prior to the eligible conference deadline, the ACM Europe Council will contact the conference organizers to establish their interest in bestowing the award (or vice-versa).

The evaluation criteria will be determined by the International Program Committee Co-Chairs of each participating conference. They will either select the winners themselves, barring any conflicts of interest, or the winners will be decided by the Program Committee. The specific procedure for the award presentation for each venue will be decided by either the Steering Committee or the Program Committee.

Submission Process
All papers accepted for oral presentation at a participating Conference will be eligible for the award.

Each of the winners will receive a plaque. In addition, there will be a 1000 Euro honorarium to be split among the winners. Moreover, the recipient's paper will be provided online through the ACM Europe Council Awards page.

All expenses related to the award will be covered by the ACM Europe Council.

The award will be presented during the award ceremony at the conference by an ACM Europe Council member attending the conference, or by a party designated by the Council.


ACM Europe Council Conferences Working Group Members

ACM Conferences in Europe

The ACM Europe Council seeks to work with ACM Special Interest Groups to increase the number of ACM conferences in Europe. Our annual technical conference includes satellite events, such as the womENcourage conference organized by ACM-WE. In addition the Council seeks to increase our engagement with ACM conferences held in Europe by presenting ACM awards for best student papers at these events.

CVMP 2019, 17-18 December, London, UK

At the 16th ACM SIGGRAPH European Conference on Visual Media Production, the ACM Europe Council Best Paper Award (750€) was presented to Wieland Morgenstern, Anna Hilsmann, and Peter Eisert of Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute for their paper Progressive Non-rigid Registration of Temporal Mesh Sequences. Honorable Mention (250€) went to Gianmarco Addari and Jean-Yves Guillemaut of University of Surrey for Towards Globally Optimal Full 3D Reconstruction of Scenes with Complex Reflectance Using Helmholtz Stereopsis.

RecSys 2019, 16-20 September, Copenhagen, Denmark

The ACM Recommender Systems conference (RecSys) is the premier international forum for the presentation of new research results, systems and techniques in the broad field of recommender systems. The ACM Europe Council Best Paper Award went to Maurizio Ferrari Dacrema, Paolo Cremonesi (Politecnico di Milano) and Dietmar Jannach (University of Klagenfurt) for their paper Are we really making much progress? A worrying analysis of recent neural recommendation approaches.

Automotive UI 2019, 22-25 September, Utrecht, The Netherlands

The 11th International ACM Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications (an international ACM SIGCHI conference) is the premier forum for UI research in the automotive domain. The ACM Europe Council Best Paper Award went to Marcel Walch, Marcel Woide, Kristin Mühl, Martin Baumann, and Michael Weber (Ulm University) for their paper Cooperative Overtaking: Overcoming Automated Vehicles' Obstructed Sensor Range via Driver Help.

ITiCSE 2019, 15-17 July, Aberdeen, Scotland

The ACM Europe Council Best Paper Award was presented at the ACM iTICSE on July 19 by Aaron Quigley on behalf of the ACM Europe Council to Quintin Cutts, Matthew Barr, Mireilla Bikanga Ada, Peter Donaldson, Steve Draper, Jack Parkinson, Jeremy Singer and Lovisa Sundin of the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK for their paper Experience Report: Thinkathon—Countering an "I Got It Working" Mentality with Pencil-and-Paper Exercises. The award-winning paper was selected by the iTICSE Program Committee out of a record 243 submissions, of which 66 were accepted.

MobiHoc 2019, 2-5 July, Catania, Italy

MobiHoc is the premier international symposium dedicated to addressing challenges in dynamic networks and computing. At MobiHoc 2019, the 20th International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing, we were pleased to give the ACM Europe Council Best Paper Award to Giulia Fanti (CMU); Jiantao Jiao (UC Berkeley); and Ashok Makkuva, Sewoong Oh, Ranvir Rana, and Pramod Viswanath (UIUC) for their paper Barracuda: Theoretical Analysis of the Power of l-polling in Proof-of-Stake Blockchains. The Award was presented by Chiara Petrioli on behalf of the ACM Europe Council.

TVX 2019, 5-7 June, Manchester, UK

The ACM Europe Council Best Paper Award was presented by Bran Knowles on behalf of the ACM Europe Council to Sylvia Rothe, Boris Kegeles and Heinrich Hussmann of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich for their paper, Camera Heights in Cinematic Virtual Reality: How Viewers Perceive Mismatches Between Camera and Eye Height. The paper explores how the position of the camera in cinematic virtual reality influences presence, sickness and the user experience of the viewer.

The award-winning paper was selected from the 14 long and short papers accepted for presentation at this year’s conference by the TVX 2019 Programme Committee.

CHI 2019, 4-9 May, Glasgow, UK

The ACM Europe Council Best Paper Award was presented by Joaquim Jorge and Aaron Quigley on behalf of the ACM Europe Council to Kevin Doherty and Gavin Doherty for their paper Engagement with Mental Health Screening on Mobile Devices: Results from an Antenatal Feasibility Study. The paper documents the first feasibility study on mobile devices to engage women in antenatal mental health screening. Using a mobile application, women attending UK National Health Service midwifery clinics provided reports of their wellbeing over a nine-month period.

This award-winning paper was selected amongst the 29 Best Paper Award winners at CHI 2019, by members of the CHI 2019 Best Paper Selection Committee.

ACM Europe Awards Group Joaquim Jorge and Aaron Quigley present Best Paper Award to Kevin Doherty and Gavin Doherty

CVMP 2018, 13-14 December, London, UK

The ACM Europe Council Best Paper Award was presented by ACM Europe Technology Policy Committee Chair Oliver Grau on behalf of the ACM Europe Council to Yue Li, Liqian Ma, Haoqiang Fan and Kenny Mitchell for their paper Feature-Preserving Detailed 3D Face Reconstruction from a Single Image during the 15th ACM SIGGRAPH European Conference on Visual Media Production. The paper presented a technique to generate detailed 3D information from single images for use in visual effects.

ACM Europe Technology Policy Committee Chair Oliver Grau (right) presents Best Paper Award to Yue Li

UIST 2018, 14-17 October, Berlin, Germany

RESi: A Highly Flexible, Pressure-Sensitive, Imperceptible Textile Interface Based on Resistive Yarns, by Patrick Parzer, Florian Perteneder, Kathrin Probst, Christian Rendl, Joanne Leong, Sarah Schuetz, Anita Vogl, Reinhard Schwoediauer, Martin Kaltenbrunner, Siegfried Bauer, and Michael Haller, received the ACM Europe Best Paper Award. The certificate was presented on 15 October at the 31st ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium.

ACM Europe Council Best Paper Award presented by Aaron Quigley to Patrick Parzer and Florian Perteneder at UIST 2018

ITiCSE 2018, 2-4 July, Larnaca, Cyprus

Ali Erkan was the recipient of the ACM Europe Best Paper Award for the paper, The Educational Insights and Opportunities Afforded by the Nuances of Prim's and Kruskal's MST Algorithms. The certificate was presented on 4 July 2018 at the 23rd Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education by ACM Europe Council Vice Chair Judith Gal-Ezer of The Open University of Israel.

VRST 2017, 8-10 November, Gothenburg

The 23rd ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology was a record event in terms of submissions (183), participants (240) and graduate students. The ACM Europe Council Best Student Paper Award went to Kangsoo Kim, Gerd Bruder, and Gregory Welch (University of Central Florida) for Exploring the Effects of Observed Physicality Conflicts on Real-Virtual Human Interaction in Augmented Reality.

IOT 2017, 22-25 October, Linz

The Conference on the Internet of Things, building on the success of its predecessors since 2008, is the premier forum for sharing, discussing and witnessing cutting-edge research in all areas of IoT development. The ACM Europe Council was proud to sponsor the Best Student Paper Award, which went to Matúš Tomlein and Kaj Grønbæk of Aarhus University for A Visual Programming Approach Based on Domain Ontologies for Configuring Industrial IoT Installations.

At the conference dinner held on 24 October in the VOEST Alpine Guest House, Matus Tomlein (center, holding certificate) was honored by PC-Chairs Stefan Schneegass (left) and Simon Mayr (right). The award certificate and the famous

EICS 2017, 26-29 June, Lisbon

The ACM SIGCHI Engineering Interactive Systems Symposium traces its origins to the Design Specification and Verification of Interactive Systems as far back as 1994. The ACM Europe Council was proud to support the Best Paper Award, which went to Miriam Greis, Hendrik Schuff, Marius Kleiner, Niels Henze, and Albrecht Schmidt of VIS, University of Stuttgart, Germany for Input Controls for Entering Uncertain Data: Probability Distribution Sliders.

ACM Europe Council Executive Committee member Joaquim Jorge congratulating Best Student Paper award co-recipient Miriam Greis at ACM EICS 2017 in Lisbon.

SODA 2017, 16-19 January, Barcelona

The ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms is jointly sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory (SIGACT) and the SIAM Activity Group on Discrete Mathematics. The Best Paper Award was awarded jointly to Sergio Cabello for Subquadratic Algorithms for the Diameter and the Sum of Pairwise Distances in Planar Graphs; and to Ami Paz and Gregory Schwartzman for A (2 + Є) Approximation for Maximum Weight Matching in the Semi-Streaming Model, which also won the Best Student Paper Award.

VRST 2016, 2-4 November, Munich

The ACM Europe Council and ACM SIGGRAPH presented the Best Paper Award to Misha Sra (MIT Media Lab), Sergio Garrido-Jurado (University of Córdoba), and Chris Schmandt and Pattie Maes (MIT Media Lab) for Procedurally Generated Virtual Reality from 3D Reconstructed Physical Space. The Student Best Paper Award went to Qianqian Tong, Zhiyong Yuan, Mianlun Zheng, Weixu Zhu, Guian Zhang, and Xiangyun Liao (Wuhan University) for A Novel Magnetic Levitation Haptic Device for Augmentation of Tissue Stiffness Perception.

Hans-Joachim Hof hands the Best Paper Award to Misha Sra, a graduate student from MIT Media Lab and first author of the paper.