In 2007, the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest
Group on the Management of Data (ACM SIGMOD) established the
Test-of-Time Award in memory of the late Professor Alberto O.
Mendelzon. Alberto was a faculty member in DCS from 1980 to 2005, and
an international leader in database theory. His impact on database
research--through his research and publications, as well as his
influence and mentorship of colleagues and students--has been profound.
The award was funded by IBM in recognition of his scientific legacy,
his service and his dedication to the database community. The award
will be given each year to a paper or small number of papers published
for the Symposium on Principles of Database Systems (PODS) proceedings
ten years prior that had the most impact over the intervening decade.
This March, ACM announced four inaugural 2008 winners of the Mendelzon
Award. The 2008 winners are Serge Abiteboul and Oliver M. Duschka for
"Complexity of Answering Queries Using Materialized Views", and Phokion
G. Kolaitis and Moshe Y. Vardi for "Conjunctive-Query Containment and
Constraint Satisfaction." The award committee found these papers
particularly appropriate, as they both dealt with problems very closely
related to Prof. Mendelzon's own research interests.
Find more information about the award here
and see Prof. Mendelzon's web page here