YY Mark Weiser Award 2015

YY Zhou (left) poses with her award and computer scientist Stefan Savage, who won the same award back in 2013.

We’ve got some big news for you.

On October 5, 2015, YY Zhou, the CEO of Whova and the Qualcomm Endowed Chair Professor of Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of California, San Diego, received the 2015 ACM SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award, a prestigious award for operating systems research.

We’re all thrilled to hear it.

What is Mark Weiser Award?

Simply speaking, it’s like the “Nobel Prize” in the Computer Systems Research community.

It was created in 2001 by ACM SIGOPS, to be given to an individual who has demonstrated creativity and innovation in operating systems research. The recipient must have begun his or her career no earlier than 20 years prior to nomination.

Previous winners include computer scientists from Google, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, etc.

Learn more from the official ACM SIGOPS website or this Wikipedia page.

Why did YY receive this prestigious award?

She was recognized for innovative and creative contributions to detecting and recovering from defects in complex computer systems.

As Rajesh Gupta said in the UCSD news, “YY’s research scales boundaries of systems and software engineering to produce solutions that strictly advance state of the art and find immediate use in practice…In her quiet certitude, YY encodes the best among our researchers. We are proud of her accomplishments.”

“This award reflects YY’s innovative work on finding software defects at a large scale by using data-mining techniques,” said Stefan Savage, a computer science professor at the Jacobs School of Engineering, who was the first UC San Diego to win the award back in 2013. “These techniques have been commercialized and are now widely used at companies like Cisco, Qualcomm and Intel.”

How will this help Whova & our customers?

The news will definitely help us spread the Whova brand to the world and expose our product to more business professionals, especially those eventprofs in the academic world. Recall that our mobile app is 100% free for academic events? That’s the way we show appreciation to those academic professors and students who innovate and change the world for the better.

For us, it motivates Whova employees to work harder and smarter to take our product and service to the next level. In fact, we are releasing a new version of the Whova app, making it more dynamic and user-friendly.

Stay tuned & cheers!


More resources about the news

  • UCSD CNS – “Yuanyuan ‘YY’ Zhou Receives Prestigious Award for Operating Systems Research”
  • Princeton University – “Princeton PhD Yuanyuan Zhou wins the 2015 ACM SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award”
  • Calit2 – “Computer Scientist Receives Prestigious Award for Operating Systems Research”

Image courtesy to UCSD Jacob School of Engineering.


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