The Jean-Claude Laprie Award

About the Jean-Claude Laprie Award

Jean-Claude LaprieJean-Claude Laprie (1944-2010) was Directeur de Recherche at LAAS-CNRS. He devoted his entire career to research on the dependability of computing systems. His unique capability of abstraction and formalization, and his contributions to the formulation of the concepts and methodologies of dependability were influential in defining and unifying the field of dependable and secure computing, rapidly leading to national and international recognition. He received the IFIP Silver Core in 1992, the Silver Medal of French Scientific Research in 1993, and the Grand Prize in Informatics of the French Academy of Science in 2009. He was made Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite in 2002.

The Jean-Claude Laprie Award in Dependable Computing is awarded annually since 2012 by the IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance in his honor. The award recognizes outstanding papers that have significantly influenced the theory and/or practice of Dependable Computing. It takes the form of a memorial plaque presented to the author(s) at the Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN).

Eligible Papers

Any paper relating to dependable and secure computing, and published at least 10 years prior to the award year (e.g., 2007 or earlier for the 2017 award) is eligible for the award.

Selection criteria

The award seeks to recognize papers that have had a significant impact in the intervening years in one or more of the three following categories:

  1. Technical/scientific research impact
  2. Industrial/commercial product impact
  3. Broad impact on the dependable computing community

Call for Nominations, 2018 Award

Nominations may be made by any person who is familiar with the author's or authors' published work. Nominations must be submitted no later than TBD, but usually in November.

Winning papers will be announced by TBD, but usually in April. Exceptionally, the award may be given to more than one paper.

The supporting material for the nomination should include (incomplete materials may jeopardize the nomination):

  • Name, affiliation, and contact information of the nominator
  • The nominated paper
  • For each author of the nominated paper: biographical information, including current position and contact details.
  • Description (500 words maximum) of the impact of the paper over at least a ten year period, addressing the following questions:
    • What is the main category of impact for the nominated paper? (see "selection criteria")
    • What advances have been enabled by the ideas presented in the paper? Include as appropriate: evidence of follow-up research, evidence of usage of the described technology in an industrial setting, or evidence of starting new directions and/or spawning new ideas.

Nominations by the award committee itself are admissible at any time during the deliberation and selection process, subject to the conflict of interest rules established below.

Award Committee

Selection will be carried out by a committee of at least 5 persons, chaired by a person appointed by the IFIP 10.4 working group chair. The other members of the award committee will be appointed by the working group chair in consultation with the award committee chair.

The award committee is renewed annually and will be constituted after the nomination deadline (no later than two weeks), to prevent conflicts of interest. The committee will complete its deliberation and selection process in time to make the award at the DSN conference, typically the last week in June.

Conflict of interest policy

Persons having a conflict of interest with a nominated paper cannot be members of the award committee. A person must declare a conflict of interest if he/she:

  1. Was involved in writing a nominated paper.
  2. Is currently from the same institution as an author of a nominated paper.
  3. Was the PhD advisor or advisee of one of the authors of a nominated paper.
  4. Is a relative of an author of a nominated paper.

Award Winners


Kuang-Hua Huang and Jacob A. Abraham, "Algorithm Based Fault Tolerance for Matrix Operations", in IEEE Transactions on Computers, Vol. C-33, No. 6, pp. 518-528, June 1984

Richard Schlichting and Fred Schneider "Fail-Stop Processors: An Approach to Designing Fault-Tolerant Computing Systems" in ACM Transactions on Computing Systems, 1(3), Aug. 1983, pp. 222-238.


W.C.Carter and P.R.Schneider, "Design of Dynamically Checked Computers", Proceedings of the IFIP Congress, Vol.2, pp.878 – 883 (1968).

A. Avizienis, J.C. Laprie, B. Randell and C. Landwehr, "Basic concepts and taxonomy of dependable and secure computing", IEEE Transactions on dependable and secure computing. Vol.1. No.1, pp.1 - 23 (2004).


A. L. Hopkins, Jr., T.B. Smith, III, and J.H. Lala, "FTMP—A highly reliable fault-tolerant multiprocess for aircraft", Proceedings of the IEEE, vol.66, no.10, pp.1221, 1239, Oct. 1978


B. Randell, "System Structure for Software Fault Tolerance", IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol.SE-1, no.1, 1975, pp 220-232.

J.H. Wensley, L. Lamport, J. Goldberg, M.W. Green, K.N. Levitt, P.M. Melliar-Smith, R.E. Shostak, C.B. Weinstock, "SIFT: The Design and Analysis of a Fault-Tolerant Computer for Aircraft Control", Proceedings of the IEEE, vol.66, no.10, 1978, pp.1240-1255.

H. Kopetz, G. Bauer, "The Time-Triggered Architecture", Proceedings of the IEEE, vol.91, no.1, 2003, pp. 112-126.



L. Lamport, R. Shostak, and M. Pease, “The Byzantine Generals Problem (1982)

J. Gray, “Why Do Computers Stop and What Can Be Done About It? (1986)

W.G. Bouricius, W.C. Carter and P.R. Schneider, “Reliability Modeling Techniques for Self-Repairing Computer Systems (1969)


A. Avizienis, “Design of fault-tolerant computers (1967)

J. F. Meyer, “On evaluating the performability of degradable computing systems (1980)

D. A. Patterson, G. Gibson, and R. H. Katz, “A case for redundant arrays of inexpensive disks (RAID) (1988)



To nominate a paper for the J.C. Laprie Award via this website please fill out the form below completely. Paper upload will take place on a separate page. Nominations must be made before TBD, but usually in November.

your name

your affiliation

your email address

title of nominated paper


for each author of the nominated paper: biographical information, including current position and contact details

description (500 word maximum) of the impact of the paper (see above for details)