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A past research paper on Hermes architecture by Peter Pietzuch and Jean Bacon has won the DEBS 2002 Most Influential Paper Award.

The paper was titled "Hermes: A Distributed Event-Based Middleware Architecture", and was written by Peter R. Pietzuch and Jean M. Bacon.

This was the thesis work of Peter Pietzuch, with Jean Bacon. It was originally presented at the 1st International Workshop on Distributed Event-Based Systems in Vienna, Austria in July 2002. DEBS Distributed Event-Based Systems started as a workshop in 2002 and became a conference in 2007.

Peter is now Professor in the Department of Computing at Imperial and leader of the Large-Scale Data & Systems (LSDS) group. Jean was the first woman to be appointed a lecturer at the Computer Laboratory in 1985, and is now Professor Emerita of Distributed Systems.

The award ceremony will take place in a dedicated session on Friday 28th June, 2019. In addition to publicly announcing the winners, the ceremonial session will include 10 minute talks by each of the authors of the winning papers across the years, from 2002 to 2007.