2015 Artificial Intelligence Dissertation Award

Nominations are invited for the 2015 Artificial Intelligence Dissertation Award sponsored by ECCAI, the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence. Please take a moment to nominate your students, or to recommend to your colleagues to nominate their students.

This Award includes a certificate signed by the ECCAI Chair and 1500 Euros (which includes the travel grant for the Award ceremony). Nominations are due by 13th May 2016 by submitting a single PDF file as described below listing both the NOMINATED candidate and the NOMINATOR as the AUTHORS through EasyChair at:


Eligible doctoral dissertations are those defended after December 1, 2014 in the general area of Artificial Intelligence. The dissertation must have been defended at a European university and the author must be a personal member of an ECCAI member society. In case a thesis is nominated for another national or international award before or during its review for the ECCAI dissertation award, the author is requested to inform the ECCAI dissertation award committee about this fact.

To be considered, a dissertation must be nominated by the thesis supervisor, who must submit the following items as a SINGLE PDF file in the order:

  • Nomination cover-page that includes: the name, affiliation, and contact details of the nominator; the date of the defense of the dissertation; and the names of the jury/examiners involved in its defense;
  • nomination letters, either digitally signed or scanned original, from two referees supporting the submission and stating their assessment of why the thesis should win the award.
  • if the thesis was not written in English the nomination must include an English paper describing the core ideas of the thesis that has been submitted for publication in an international journal or a prestigious conference.
  • the full nominated dissertation.

The selection will be based on the originality, impact, and written quality of the work. Work that has been submitted to and/or accepted at workshops, conferences, or journals will be considered more favourably. Work that is primarily attributed to the student's own initiative will also be considered more favourably. Finally, the quality of the written document will be considered.

Please address your queries to Barry O'Sullivan - b.osullivan[at]cs.ucc.ie The deadline for receipt of submissions is 13th May 2016. The outcome will be announced by the first week of July.

The Award will be presented during ECAI 2016 (29 August - 2 September), where the winner will be invited to give a survey talk on the thesis.