McCluskey Doctoral Thesis Award

Named after Prof. E. J. McCluskey, a key contributor to the field of test technology, the 2021 TTTC’s Doctoral Thesis Award serves the purpose to promote most impactful doctoral student work, to provide the students with the exposure to the community and the prospective employers, and to support interaction between academia and industry in the field of test technology. TTTC’s E. J. McCluskey Best Doctoral Thesis Award will be given to the winning student of the doctoral student contest and his or her advisor.

The contest is held in two stages: semi-finals and finals. In 2021, semi-finals will be held at the IEEE VLSI Test Symposium (VTS), the IEEE European Test Symposium (ETS) and the IEEE Latin American Test Symposium (LATS). At each semi-final, a jury composed of industrial and academic experts will determine the winner, and the three winners will compete against each other in the finals, held at the International Test Conference (ITC) 2021.

All three semi-final sites are seeking submissions from active doctoral students working on test-related topics. An individual can only participate in the contest once in a lifetime. Prospective participants are encouraged to participate when they are close to thesis completion and have obtained sufficient results. Submissions to multiple regional sites are prohibited. Selected contestants will be given a short presentation slot in a designated session. The winner will be determined by the jury and announced during the event.


All PhD students working oan testing related topic and who already graduated after April 2019, in 2020 or in 2021 are allowed to participate. In addition, all active doctoral students (e.g. who will graduate later in 2021) are eligible for the Award.


Submissions should be done by providing a max 10-page document using the pre-defined template.

Please submit via the ETS submission website here.


Candidates will have to give a presentation at ETS (including Q&A).

Key Dates

Submission deadline: February 5th, 2021

Notification of acceptance for presentation: February 12th, 2021

Contact Information

For further information, please contact the McCluskey Doctoral Thesis Award Coordinators:
Alberto Bosio, École Central de Lyon (FR),
Alessandro Savino, Politenico di Torino (IT),

A PDF version of this call for papers can be found here.