List of computer science awards

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This list of computer science awards is an index to articles on notable awards related to computer science. It includes lists of awards by the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, other computer science and information science awards, and a list of computer science competitions.

Association for Computing Machinery[edit]

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) gives out many computer science awards, often run by one of their Special Interest Groups.

Award SIG Notes
Alan D. Berenbaum Distinguished Service Award SIGARCH Important service to the computer architecture community[1]
CHI Academy SIGCHI Advancement of the field of human-computer interaction[2]
Danny Lewin Best Student Paper Award SIGACT Best student-authored paper in Symposium on Theory of Computing[3]
Dhaka Site ICPC University programming competition[4]
Dijkstra Prize PODC Co-sponsor: International Symposium on Distributed Computing. For outstanding papers on the principles of distributed computing[5]
Doctoral Dissertation Award Best doctoral dissertations in computer science and computer engineering[6]
Eckert–Mauchly Award Co-sponsor: IEEE Computer Society. Contributions to computer and digital systems architecture[7]
Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award SIGMOD Innovative and highly significant contributions of enduring value to the development, understanding, or use of database systems and databases[8]
Eugene L. Lawler Award Significant contribution to the use of information technology for humanitarian purposes[9][10]
Gerard Salton Award SIGIR Significant, sustained and continuing contributions to research in information retrieval[11]
Gödel Prize SIGACT Co-sponsor: European Association for Theoretical Computer Science. For outstanding papers in the area of theoretical computer science
Gordon Bell Prize Outstanding achievement in high-performance computing applications
Grace Murray Hopper Award Computer professional who makes a single, significant technical or service contribution at or before age 35
Ken Kennedy Award Co-sponsored by IEEE Computer Society. For substantial contributions to programmability and productivity in computing and substantial community service or mentoring contributions
Knuth Prize SIGACT Co-sponsored by IEEE Computer Society. For outstanding contributions to the foundations of computer science
Mark Weiser Award SIGOPS Creativity and innovation in operating system research
Maurice Wilkes Award SIGARCH Outstanding contribution to computer architecture
Paris Kanellakis Award Specific theoretical accomplishments that have had a significant and demonstrable effect on the practice of computing
Penny Crane Award for Distinguished Service SIGUCCS Significant contributions to the Special Interest Group, and to computing in higher education
Prize in Computing Early to mid-career innovative contributions in computing
Programming Languages Software Award SIGPLAN Programming Languages Software
SIGCOMM Award SIGCOMM Lifetime contribution to the field of communication networks
SIGUCCS Hall of Fame Award SIGUCCS Contributions that have had a positive impact on the ACM SIGUCCS organization
Software System Award Software system that has had a lasting influence, reflected in contributions to concepts, in commercial acceptance, or both
Turing Award Contributions of lasting and major technical importance to the computer field


A number of awards are given by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the IEEE Computer Society or the IEEE Information Theory Society.

Award Sponsor Notes
Claude E. Shannon Award IEEE Information Theory Society Consistent and profound contributions to the field of information theory
Computer Pioneer Award IEEE Computer Society Those whose efforts resulted in the creation and continued vitality of the computer industry
Harlan D. Mills Award IEEE Computer Society Contributions to the theory and practice of the information sciences, [focused on] software engineering
Harry H. Goode Memorial Award IEEE Computer Society Achievements in the information processing field which are considered either a single contribution of theory, design, or technique of outstanding significance, or the accumulation of important contributions on theory or practice over an extended time period
Internet Award IEEE, Nokia Exceptional contributions to the advancement of Internet technology for network architecture, mobility and/or end-use applications
John von Neumann Medal IEEE Outstanding achievements in computer-related science and technology
Kleene award IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science Best student paper
Machtey Award IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science Best student paper
Reynold B. Johnson Information Storage Systems Award IEEE Outstanding contributions to information storage systems
Richard W. Hamming Medal IEEE, Qualcomm Outstanding achievements in information sciences, information systems and information technology
Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award IEEE Computer Society Significant and innovative contributions in the field of high-performance computing
Sidney Fernbach Award IEEE Computer Society Outstanding contributions in the application of high performance computers using innovative approaches
W. Wallace McDowell Award IEEE Computer Society Outstanding recent theoretical, design, educational, practical, or other similar innovative contributions that fall within the scope of Computer Society interest
William C. Carter Award IEEE Technical Committee on Fault-Tolerant Computing and IFIP Working Group on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance Significant contribution to the field of dependable and secure computing throughout his or her PhD dissertation

Other computer science awards[edit]

Country Award Sponsor Notes
United States ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Career contributions that have breadth within computer science, or that bridge computer science and other disciplines[12]
International Azriel Rosenfeld Award International Conference on Computer Vision Significant contributions to the field of Computer Vision over longtime careers
United States Barwise Prize American Philosophical Association Significant and sustained contributions to areas relevant to philosophy and computing
United Kingdom BCS Lovelace Medal British Computer Society Individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the understanding or advancement of Computing
Europe Dahl–Nygaard Prize European Conference on Object Oriented Programming Senior researcher with outstanding career contributions and a younger researcher who has demonstrated great potential
United Kingdom Digital Preservation Award Digital Preservation Coalition New initiatives in the challenging field of digital preservation
Europe EATCS Award European Association for Theoretical Computer Science Distinguished career in theoretical computer science
Europe ERCIM Cor Baayen Award European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics Researcher in computer science and applied mathematics
United States Erdős–Rényi Prize Network Science Society Outstanding early-career researcher in the field of network science
Germany Heinz Billing Prize Heinz Billing Foundation of the Max Planck Society Those who have spent time and effort developing the hardware and software crucial for scientific advances
United States Herbrand Award Conference on Automated Deduction Important contributions to the field of automated deduction
Australia Hutter Prize Marcus Hutter Data compression improvements on a specific 100 MB English text file
United Kingdom IET Mountbatten Medal Institution of Engineering and Technology and Institution of Electrical Engineers Outstanding contribution, or contributions over a period, to the promotion of electronics or information technology and their application
International IJCAI Award for Research Excellence International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence Researcher in artificial intelligence as a recognition of excellence of their career
International IJCAI Computers and Thought Award International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence Outstanding young scientists in artificial intelligence
Canada J. W. Graham Medal University of Waterloo Faculty of Mathematics Leadership and many innovative contributions made to the University of Waterloo, and to the Canadian computer industry
United States Jonathan B. Postel Service Award Internet Society honor a person who has made outstanding contributions in service to the data communications community
Netherlands Kalai Prize Game Theory Society Outstanding articles at the interface of game theory and computer science
Germany Konrad Zuse Medal Gesellschaft für Informatik Leading German computer scientist
United Kingdom Loebner Prize Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour Computer programs considered by the judges to be the most human-like
Europe Microsoft Award Royal Society, French Academy of Sciences Scientists working in Europe who had made a major contribution to the advancement of science through the use of computational methods
Europe Milner Award Microsoft Research (replaces Microsoft Award) Outstanding achievement in computer science by a European researcher
Europe Nerode Prize European Association for Theoretical Computer Science, European Symposium on Algorithms Outstanding research in the area of multivariate algorithmics
Brazil Newton Faller Award Brazilian Computer Society Members who have distinguished themselves throughout their lives for services to the Brazilian Computer Society[13]
International Nevanlinna Prize International Congress of Mathematicians Outstanding contributions in Mathematical Aspects of Information Sciences
United States O'Reilly Open Source Award O'Reilly Media Individuals recognized for dedication, innovation, leadership and outstanding contribution to open source
Italy Pirelli Internetional Award Pirelli Best multimedia presentations focussing on themes involving the diffusion of science and technology
Europe Presburger Award European Association for Theoretical Computer Science Young scientist for outstanding contributions in theoretical computer science
Europe Prize for Innovation in Distributed Computing International Colloquium on Structural Information and Communication Complexity Major contribution to understanding the relationships between information and efficiency in decentralized computing
United Kingdom Roger Needham Award British Computer Society Distinguished research contribution in computer science by a UK-based researcher
International RSA Award for Excellence in Mathematics RSA Conference Outstanding achievements in cryptographic research defined broadly
United States Sloan Research Fellowship Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Provide support and recognition to early-career scientists and scholars
International Stevens Award Reengineering Forum Outstanding contributions to the literature or practice of methods for software and systems development
United Kingdom Tony Kent Strix award International Society for Knowledge Organisation UK, Royal Society of Chemistry and British Computer Society Outstanding contribution to the field of information retrieval
Japan Tsutomu Kanai Award Hitachi Major contributions to the state-of-the-art distributed computing systems and their applications
United States Tucker Prize Mathematical Optimization Society Outstanding theses in the area of optimization
United Kingdom Weizenbaum Award International Society for Ethics and Information Technology Significant contribution to the field of information and computer ethics
United States White Camel award Perl Foundation Important contributors to the Perl Programming Language community
Netherlands Van Wijngaarden Award Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica Mathematics and Computer Science
United States J. H. Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Outstanding contributions in the field of numerical software
United States James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Research in, or other contributions to, numerical analysis and scientific computing

Information science awards[edit]

Country Award Sponsor Notes
Hong Kong Hong Kong ICT Awards Innovation and Technology Bureau Information and communication technologies startup companies and solutions
Canada J. W. Graham Medal University of Waterloo Faculty of Mathematics Leadership and many innovative contributions to the University of Waterloo, and to the Canadian computer industry
Japan Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology Inamori Foundation Electronics / Biotechnology and Medical Technology / Materials Science and Engineering / Information Science
Chile National Prize for Exact Sciences Ministry of Education E.g. nanoscience and nanotechnology
Ireland O'Moore Medal Healthcare Informatics Society Major contribution to healthcare informatics
United States Patterson-Crane Award American Chemical Society Contributions to chemical information
United States Herman Skolnik Award American Chemical Society Outstanding contributions to and achievements in the theory and practice of chemical information science
International Weizenbaum Award International Society for Ethics and Information Technology Individual who has made significant contributions to the field of information and computer ethics


Country Award Sponsor Notes
Canada AI Challenge University of Waterloo Computer Science Club Artificial intelligence programming
United States American Computer Science League ACSL Programming
United States Arimaa Challenge Arimaa / Omar Syed Artificial intelligence programming (game play versus humans)
Sweden CADE ATP System Competition Association for Automated Reasoning Fully automated theorem provers for classical logic
United States World Computer-Bridge Championship American Contract Bridge League Contract bridge using computer software
United Kingdom Cyber Centurion Cyber Security Challenge UK Cyber security competition for school children
United States CyberPatriot Air Force Association National Youth Cyber Defense Competition for high school and middle school students
United States DARPA Network Challenge DARPA Internet and social networking competition
United States DARPA Shredder Challenge 2011 DARPA Competition for methods to reconstruct documents shredded by a variety of paper shredding techniques
Poland Deadline24 Tomasz Łakota and Mateusz Brzeszcz Programming
United States Halite AI Programming Competition Two Sigma, Cornell Tech Open-source computer programming contest
United States ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge ImageNet Software programs compete to classify and detect objects and scenes
International International Olympiad in Informatics UNESCO and IFIP Software programs compete to correctly classify and detect objects and scenes
United Kingdom Loebner Prize Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour Computer programs considered by the judges to be the most human-like
United States National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition University of Texas at San Antonio College-level cyber defense competition
United States Netflix Prize Netflix Best collaborative filtering algorithm to predict user ratings for films
United States Outreachy Software Freedom Conservancy Three-month paid internships with free and open-source software projects
United States Password Hashing Competition Jean-Philippe Aumasson Competition to select one or more password hash functions
United Kingdom Project Euler Colin Hughes Computational problems intended to be solved with computer programs
United States SemEval Association for Computational Linguistics SIGLEX Evaluations of computational semantic analysis systems
United States Text Retrieval Conference National Institute of Standards and Technology, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity Information retrieval research areas
Australia UAV Outback Challenge Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation Competition for the development of unmanned aerial vehicles
United States University Voting Systems Competition National Science Foundation etc. Students design, implement, and demonstrate open-source election systems

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ACM SIGARCH Alan D. Berenbaum Distinguished Service Award, ACM SIGARCH, retrieved 2020-01-27
  2. ^ SIGCHI Awards, SIGCHI, retrieved 2020-01-27
  3. ^ "Danny Lewin Best Student Paper Award". Archived from the original on 2008-06-20.
  4. ^ Standings for The 2017 ACM-ICPC Asia Dhaka Regional Contest, ICPC, retrieved 2020-01-27
  5. ^ Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing, PODC, retrieved 2020-01-27
  6. ^ "About ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award".
  7. ^ Eckert-Mauchly Award, IEEE Computer Society, retrieved 2020-01-27
  8. ^ SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award, ACM SIGMOD, retrieved 2020-01-27
  9. ^ "ACM Eugene Lawler Award". ACM. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  10. ^ "International Center for Scientific Research on the ACM Eugene Lawler Award". International Center for Scientific Research. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  11. ^ Gerard Salton Awards, SIGIR, retrieved 2020-01-27
  12. ^ "Allen Newell Award". Association for Computer Machinery. Archived from the original on 2012-05-16. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  13. ^ Newton Faller, Sociedade Brasileira de Computação, retrieved 2020-01-20