Chair of Computer Science II - Software Engineering

SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award


Kai Sachs wins SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award for his dissertation on “Performance Modeling and Benchmarking of Event-Based Systems”

The Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC) has awarded one of its first two Distinguished Dissertation Awards to Kai Sachs for his doctoral dissertation titled “Performance Modeling and Benchmarking of Event-Based Systems” supervised by Samuel Kounev as main advisor.

The official press release can be found here.

The award will be presented at the ICPE 2012 International Conference which will take place on April 22-25, 2012 in Boston, Mass., USA.

The SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award was established in 2011 to recognize outstanding dissertations within the scope of the SPEC Research Group in terms of scientific originality, scientific significance, practical relevance, impact, and quality of the presentation.

“It was a demanding task to select the winners among the high-quality nominations,” says the chair of the selection committee, Prof. Wilhelm Hasselbring of the University of Kiel in Germany.  “It was great to see such outstanding work for the first awards program from the SPEC Research Group.”

Members of the selection committee include:

  • J. Nelson Amaral, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Wilhelm Hasselbring, University of Kiel, Germany (Chair)
  • Seetharami R. Seelam, IBM Watson Research Center, USA
  • Petr Tuma, Charles University of Prague, Czech Republic
  • Walter Bays, Oracle Corp., USA



About the SPEC Research Group

The SPEC Research Group (RG) serves as a platform for collaborative research efforts in the areas of computer benchmarking, performance evaluation, and experimental system analysis in general, fostering the interaction between industry and academia in the field. The scope of the conducted research efforts includes methodologies, techniques and tools for measurement, load testing, profiling, workload characterization, dependability and efficiency evaluation of computing systems. For more information, visit the SPEC RG website or email info(at)

Von Nikolaus Huber