|EDM 2016 thanks the Prof. Ram Kumar Memorial Foundation for generously sponsoring the 2016 best paper and best student paper awards.|
Best papers and exemplary paper selection
A total of 16 exemplary papers were selected by the program chairs as those that represent the best work submitted to EDM 2016. Candidates for exemplary papers were selected among those accepted as full papers using the following criteria: 1) the average ratings of all reviewers and 2) at least one reviewer indicated the paper should be considered for best paper. Program Chairs and the General Chair then performed meta-reviews for all of these papers to make the final exemplary paper selections.
Finally, the Best Paper Committee was formed to review the top papers in the conference to select best paper nominations. We used random selection to divide both the 16 exemplary papers and the 10 committee members into two groups. All members in the same Best Paper Sub-committee received the same 8 exemplary papers together with their reviews. Sub-committee members were asked to rank the three best papers from the 8 papers, and to provide a 1-2 sentence justification for each of the top 3 they chose. Based on these rankings, four Best Paper nominees were selected.