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The AITO Dahl-Nygaard Prize - Statutes 2014

New revised version approved on November 2014

  1. The AITO Ole-Johan Dahl and Kristen Nygaard prize is awarded annually to two individuals that have made significant technical contributions to the field of Object-Orientation. The work should be in the spirit of the pioneering conceptual and/or implementation work of Dahl and Nygaard, which shaped our present view of programming and modeling, now known as Object-Orientation.
  2. The prize is presented each year at the ECOOP conference.
  3. The prize consists of two awards: a Senior Prize given to a senior professional and a Junior Prize given to a junior professional. While the prizes are usually awarded annually, there may be exceptional occasions when one or both are left un-awarded at the discretion of the AITO Executive Committee, or even more than one prize in a category are awarded.
  4. The senior professional should have made a significant long-term contribution to the field of Object-Orientation in research or engineering. The Senior Prize may be awarded to a group of professionals that, as a group, has made a significant technical contribution to the field.
  5. The junior professional should be a recent PhD graduate that has made a promising contribution to the field through a paper, a thesis or a prototype implementation. No one can be a candidate for the junior prize, if his/her PhD graduation year dates back more than seven years1 before the year in which the DN junior prize will be awarded, i.e., a candidate with a graduation year of 2000 is eligible for the junior prize up to and including 2007.
  6. A Prize Nomination Committee consisting of a Chairperson and three to four additional members is appointed annually by the AITO General Assembly. Members of the AITO Executive Committee cannot be members of the Prize Nomination Committee.
  7. Every year AITO and the Prize Nomination Committee will solicit proposals for the following year until September 30th. Such notice shall be placed on the AITO/ECOOP websites and also emailed to the ECOOP mailing list and other organizations such as appropriate.
  8. Nominations may be submitted by sending2 an e-mail to Anyone can nominate anyone but themselves.
  9. The Prize Nomination Committee can also consider nominations from the previous year.
  10. The Prize Nomination Committee proposes candidates to the AITO Executive Committee no later than November 30th of the year preceding the award.
  11. The chair of the Nomination Committee attends the Executive Committee meeting where the proposals are discussed.
  12. The AITO Executive approves the proposals by January 15th of the award year.
  13. Members of the Prize Nomination Committee and members of the AITO Executive Committee and persons that have been members of the AITO Executive within the past year ending January 15th, cannot be awarded a prize for the current year.
  14. Conflicts of Interest rules are as for the ECOOP PC as described in the ECOOP Handbook.
  15. The decision of the AITO Executive Committee will be made public and official shortly after the decision has been made and thereafter published on the AITO web site.
  16. The prizes will be officially presented at the ECOOP conference. The winners may be asked to give a talk on this occasion. The recipients will be invited by AITO to ECOOP (reasonable travel expenses and conference registration will be paid by AITO).
  17. In addition to the presentation of the prize, the junior winner will receive from AITO a cash award of 2.000 Euros for future research expenses.
1. [Not including any parental or sick leave]
2. [Since 2017, AITO strongly encourages submission of nominations through the Web form linked in the call]

Last modified: September 2017