IPA Dissertation Award

The Institute for Programming research and Algorithmics has established an annual Best IPA Dissertation Award, which is granted to the IPA PhD student who wrote the best IPA thesis, published in the IPA dissertation series in the preceding calendar year. The award consists of a certificate proclaiming the recipient has won the Best IPA Dissertation Award and a monetary reward. The purpose of the award is to draw attention to excellent work, to support the career of the student in question, and to promote the IPA research field as a whole.

2018 Award Winners

The award for the best IPA dissertation of 2018 has two recipients. Moritz Beller received the award for his thesis An Empirical Evaluation of Feedback-Driven Software Development defended at TU Delft, and Tim Ophelders received the award for his thesis Continuous Similarity Measures for Curves and Surfaces defended at TU/e.

Moritz Beller gave a presentation and received his award certificate on Thursday October 31st, during the 2019 IPA Fall Days. Tim Ophelders was unfortunately unable to attend.


Eligible for the Best IPA Dissertation Award are those who successfully defended their PhD in the period from 1 January — 31 December of the preceding year and who have their thesis published in the IPA dissertation series. Candidates for the award must be nominated by their supervisor. If you intend to submit a nomination, please send a heads-up e-mail to ipa@tue.nl as a first step, with subject “Intended nomination IPA Dissertation Award 2019”. Nominations must consist of:

  1. an electronic (PDF) version of the dissertation,
  2. a letter from the supervisor, explaining why the thesis should be considered for the award, and
  3. a supporting report from an independent researcher who has acted as examiner of the thesis at the defence.

All documents should be sent to ipa@tue.nl, with subject “Nomination IPA Dissertation Award 2019”.


The nominations will be evaluated by a committee of experts. Both the supervisor’s letter and the examiner’s report will play an important role in this evaluation, as do originality, impact and relevance of the work contained in each thesis.  The nominations, rankings and discussions are kept confidential within the expert committee. Decisions of this committee are final and not subject to further discussion.

If possible, the award will be handed out at a suitable occasion (e.g., the IPA Fall Days, to be held in October/November) and the award winner will be given the opportunity to present their work at this occasion.

Expert Committee

  • Bettina Speckmann (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • Mariëlle Stoelinga (University of Twente)
  • Tanja Vos (Open Universiteit)

Previous Award Winners

  • Davy Landman received the award for the best IPA dissertation of 2017 for his thesis Reverse Engineering Source Code: Empirical Studies of Limitations and Opportunities.
  • Sung-Shik Jongmans received the award for the best IPA dissertation of 2016 for his thesis Automata-Theoretic Protocol Programming,  which addresses topics in the intersection of coordination languages, compiler technology, distributed systems, and concurrency theory.
  • Jurriaan Rot received the award for the best IPA dissertation of 2015 for his thesis Enhanced Coinduction, which studies fundamental enhancements to the coinduction proof and definition technique.
  • Bogdan Vasilescu received the award for the best IPA dissertation of 2014 for his work on issues such as gender imbalance in program development, raising awareness about the various aspects in software development.
  • Mark Timmer received the award for the best IPA dissertation of 2013 for his advancement of the state of the art in performance and reliability analysis of modern ICT systems.
  • Cynthia Kop received the award for the best IPA dissertation of 2012 for her contributions to the field of higher-order termination.