ETS2020 Tallinn, Estonia
25th IEEE European Test Symposium
May 25 - June 1, 2020
Tallinn, ESTONIA

McCluskey Doctoral Thesis Award

Named after Prof. E. J. McCluskey, a key contributor to the field of test technology, the 2020 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 2020, 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) 2020.

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. Prospective contestants must submit a one-page (A4) summary of their thesis. (One additional page is allowed for figures and references.) Submissions must include the names of the student, one advisor and start/end dates, and will undergo a selection process. 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 on testing related topics and who already graduated after April 2018, in 2019 or in 2020 can participate. In addition, all active doctoral students (e.g. who will graduate later in 2020) are eligible for the Award.


Submissions should be done by providing a max 10-page document using the pre-defined template. Contributions must be submitted via the ETS submission page here.


Candidates will have to give a presentation at ETS (including Q&A). In addition, each candidate has to prepare and present a poster on his/her work at ETS.

Key Dates

  • Submission deadline (Extended!): January 24, 2020 January 31, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance for presentation: February 13, 2020

Contact Information

For more information, please contact the McCluskey Doctoral Thesis Award Coordinators:

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