Yes, you have read the title right. :D Hopefully, my first big conference is going to be CoNEXT’08 instead of IM’09, where I will be presenting a paper. This has come as a pleasant surprise !!! While I tried to make my case to the award committee as strongly as possible, the probability of really winning one is always very low due to the presence of a lot of applicants in such large conferences.
I would like to thank the award committee to give me the opportunity and the sponsors of the conference (Silver supporter Microsoft Research, Bronze supporters CISCO, Thomson, Nokia, CONTENT NoE and Patron IBM Corp.) for making it possible.
Aside from the conference, I am also excited about my first trip to Europe. I will try to cover some more cities apart from Madrid, since a schengen visa allows free movement between a whole bunch of countries.