The Jean-Claude Laprie Award

in Dependable Computing

Awarded annually by
IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance

About the Jean-Claude Laprie Award

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 honor of Jean-Claude Laprie (1944-2010), whose pioneering contributions to the concepts and methodologies of dependability were influential in defining and unifying the field of dependable and secure computing. 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., 2004 or earlier for the 2014 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


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 November 25 of the year preceding the award year either via the form at the right, or by e-mail to (the subject line of the email message should include the full title of the nominated paper).

The supporting material for the nomination should include:

  • 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 no later than December 1 of the year preceding the award year. 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.