Is presented at main conferences in the area of network and service management to authors of the best technical paper. The recipients of the Best Paper Award are:

  • NOMS 2008: Artur Andrzejak (Zuse Institute, Berlin) and Luis Silva (University of Coimbra): Using Machine Learning for Non-Intrusive Modeling and Prediction of Software Aging
  • IM 2009: Carol J Fung, Jie Zhang, Issam Aib, Raouf Boutaba (University of Waterloo): Robust and Scalable Trust Management for Collaborative Intrusion Detection
  • NOMS 2010: Raphael M. Bahatia and Michael A. Bauer (University of Western Ontario): Towards Adaptive Policy-Based Management
  • IM 2011: Jun Li, Sharad Singhal, Ram Swaminathan, Alan Karp (HP Labs): Managing Data Retention Policies at Scale
  • NOMS 2012: Optimization for Time-driven Link Sleeping Reconfigurations in ISP Backbone Networks, Frederic Francois, Ning Wang, Klaus Moessner and Stylianos Georgoulas (University of Surrey, UK)
  • IM 2013:
    • Analysis of Content Charge by ISPs
      Noriaki Kamiyama, Ryoichi Kawahara (NTT, Japan)
    • Gateway Selection in Hybrid Wireless Networks through Cooperative Probing
      Bong Jun Ko (IBM T.J. Watson), USA), Sisi Liu (Broadcom, USA), Murtaza Zafer, Ho Yin Starsky Wong, Kang-Won Lee (IBM T.J. Watson, USA)
  • NOMS 2014:
    • (Best paper award)  Predicting Service Delivery Cost for Non-Standard Service Level Agreements, Yixin Diao, Linh Lam, Larisa Shwartz (IBM T.J. Watson Research), David Northcutt (IBM)
    • (Best student paper award) Design and Evaluation of Learning Algorithms for Dynamic Resource Management in Virtual Networks, Rashid Mijumbi, Joan Serrat, Juan Luis Gorricho (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya), Maxim Claeys, Filip De Turck, Steven Latré (University of Antwerp – iMinds)
  • IM 2015
    • (Best paper award) Detecting Performance Interference in Cloud-Based Web Services, Yasaman Amannejad, Diwakar Krishnamurthy, Behrouz Far (University of Calgary, Canada)
    • (Best student paper award) Piecing Together the NFV Provisioning Puzzle: Efficient Placement and Chaining of Virtual Network Functions, Marcelo Caggiani Luizelli, Leonardo Bays, Luciana Buriol, Marinho Barcellos, Luciano Paschoal Gaspary (UFRGS, Brazil)
  • NOMS 2016
    • A Minimum Spanning Tree-Based Approach for Reducing Verification Collisions in Self-Organizing Networks:  Tsvetko Tsvetkov, Janne Ali-Tolppa, Henning Sanneck and Georg Carle
  • IM 2017
    • (Best paper award) Using Residual Resource Consumption to Resample Top-k Monitoring Reports Thomas Gschwind (IBM Research – Switzerland), Metin Feridun (IBM Research – Switzerland)
    • (Best student paper award) Energy-Efficient Resource Allocation and Provisioning for In-Memory Database Clusters Karsten Molka (Imperial College London – Great Britain), Giuliano Casale (Imperial College London – Great Britain)
  • NOMS 2018
    • (Best paper award) Melting the snow: Using active DNS measurements to detect Snowshoe spam domains Andreas Olivier van der Toorn (University of Twente – The Netherlands), Roland van Rijswijk-Deij (University of Twente – The Netherlands), Bart Geesink (University of Twente – The Netherlands), Anna Sperotto (University of Twente – The Netherlands)
    • (Best student paper award) Efficient placement of edge computing devices for vehicular applications in smart cities Gopika Premsankar (Aalto University – Finland), Bissan Ghaddar (University of Waterloo – Canada), Mario Di Francesco (Aalto University – Finland), Rudi Verago (IBM Research – Ireland)
  • IM 2019
    • (Best paper award) Performance Prediction in Dynamic Clouds using Transfer Learning Andreas Johnsson (Ericsson Research – Sweden), Farnaz Moradi (Ericsson Research – Sweden), Rolf Stadler (KTH The Royal Institute of Technology – Sweden)
    • (Best student paper award) Optimized Placement of Scalable IoT Services in Edge Computing Adyson Maia (Universidade Federal do Ceará – Brazil), Yacine Ghamri-Doudane (University of La Rochelle – France), Dario Vieira (EFREI – France), Miguel Franklin de Castro (Universidade Federal do Ceará – Brazil)
  • NOMS 2020
    • (Best paper award) P4 Switch Code Data Flow Analysis: Towards Stronger Verification of Forwarding Plane Software Karine Birnfeld (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil), Diogo Campos da Silva (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil), Weverton Cordeiro (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil), Breno Bernard Nicolau de Franca (University of Campinas – Brazil)
    • (Best student paper award) Load Migration in Distributed SDN Controllers Mohammad Amin Beiruti (University of Toronto – Canada), Yashar Ganjali (University of Toronto – Canada); Value of Information based Optimal Service Fabric Management for Fog Computing Filippo Poltronieri (University of Ferrara – Italy), Mauro Tortonesi (University of Ferrara – Italy), Cesare Stefanelli (University of Ferrara – Italy), Niranjan Suri (University of Ferrara – Italy), Alessandro Morelli (Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition – USA)
  • IM 2021
    • (Best paper award) (Best paper award) Encrypted Network Traffic Classification Using a Geometric Learning Model Ting-Li Huo (University of Massachusetts Lowell – USA), Yan Luo (University of Massachusetts Lowell – USA) and Tong Zhang (Intel Corporation – USA)
    • (Best student paper award) sfc2cpu: Operating a Service Function Chain Platform with Neural Combinatorial Optimization Patrick Krämer (Technical University of Munich – Germany), Philip Diederich (Technical University of Munich – Germany), Corinna Krämer (Papierfabrik Louisenthal GmbH – Germany), Rastin Pries (Nokia Bell-Labs – Germany), Wolfgang Kellerer (Technical University of Munich – Germany), Andreas Blenk (Technical University of Munich – Germany)
  • NOMS 2022
    • (Best paper award) Multi-Agent Deep Reinforcement Learning for Slicing and Admission Control in 5G C-RAN Muhammad Sulaiman (University of Waterloo – Canada), Arash Moayyedi (University of Waterloo – Canada), Mohammad Salahuddin (University of Waterloo – Canada), Raouf Boutaba (University of Waterloo – Canada), Aladdin Saleh (Rogers Communications Canada, Inc. – Canada)
    • (Best student paper award) Anomaly Detection and Localization in NFV Systems: an Unsupervised Learning Approach Seyed Soheil Johari (University of Waterloo – Canada), Nashid Shahriar (University of Regina – Canada), Massimo Tornatore (Politecnico di Milano – Italy), Raouf Boutaba (University of Waterloo – Canada), Aladdin Saleh (Rogers Communications Canada, Inc. – Canada)


Is presented to students who have recently completed their thesis and performed outstanding research. The recipients of the best Ph.D. Dissertation Award are:

  • NOMS 2008: Maitreya Natu (University of Delaware, USA): Application of adaptive probing for fault diagnosis in computer networks (Advisor: Adarshpal S. Sethi)
  • IM 2009: Alberto Gonzalez Prieto (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden): Adaptive Real-Time Monitoring for Large-Scale Networked Systems (Advisor: Rolf Stadler)
  • IM 2011: Jointly awarded to:
    • Fetahi Wuhib (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden): Distributed Monitoring and Resource Management for Large Cloud Environments (Advisor: Rolf Stadler)
    • Clarissa Marquezan (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil): On the Investigation of the Joint Use of Self-* Properties and Peer-To-Peer for Network Management (Advisor: Lisandro Z. Granville)
  • NOMS 2012: Steven Latré  (Ghent University – imec, Belgium): Autonomic QoE Management of Multimedia Networks (Advisor: Filip De Turck)
  • IM 2013: Jointly awarded to:
    • Carol Fung (University of Waterloo, Canada): Design and Management of Collaborative Intrusion Detection Networks (Advisor: Raouf Boutaba)
    • Adetokunbo Makanju (Dalhousie University, Canada): Exploring Event Log Analysis with Minimum Apriori Information (Advisors: Nur Zincir-Heywood, Evangelos Milios)
  • IM 2015: Amir Nahir (Technion, Israel): Resource Allocation and Management in Cloud Computing (Advisor: Danny Raz)
  • NOMS 2016: Misbah Uddin (KTH, Sweden): A Bottom-Up Approach to Real-Time Search in Large Networks and Clouds (Advisor: Rolf Stadler)
  • IM 2017: Vaibhav Bajpai (TU Munich – Germany): Understanding the Impact of Network Infrastructure Changes using Large-Scale Measurement Platforms (Advisor: Juergen Schoenwaelder)
  • NOMS 2018: Michael Seufert (University of Wuerzburg – Germany): QoE and access traffic management of HTTP adaptive video streaming (Advisor: Phuoc Tran-Gia)
  • IM 2019: Andreas A. Blenk (Technische Universität München – Germany): Towards Virtualization of Software-Defined Networks: Analysis, Modeling, and Optimization (Advisor: Wolfgang Kellerer)
  • NOMS 2020: Jessica Steinberger (Central Office for Information Technology in the Security Sector – Germany): Distributed DDoS defense: A collaborative approach at internet scale (Advisors: Anna Sperotto and Aiko Pras)
  • NOMS 2022: Shihabur Chowdhury (APPLE – USA): Resource Management in Softwarized Networks (Advisor: Raouf Boutaba)