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945[AAMAS-14] Call for IFAAMAS-13 Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award Nominations

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  • Matthew Taylor
    Dec 10, 2013
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      Call for IFAAMAS-13 Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award nominations

      Nominations are invited for the 2013 Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation
      Award sponsored by IFAAMAS, the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents
      and Multiagent Systems (http://www.ifaamas.org) and to be presented at

      Eligible doctoral dissertations are those defended between January 1, 2013 and
      December 31, 2013 in the area of Autonomous Agents or Multiagent Systems.

      This award includes a certificate and a 1500EUR payment.

      The selection of the dissertation will be based on the originality,
      significance, and impact of the work. Evidence of such impact include
      publications at highly selective conferences and journals in the field with due
      importance given to the AAMAS conference series and JAAMAS. Research output
      that resulted primarily from the student's initiative will be considered more
      favourably. The selection committee will be the final arbiter in the decision
      process. The selection committee might decide to consult external assessors and
      reserves the right to not award the prize if the nominations do not meet the
      expected quality level.

      The dissertation must be nominated by the thesis supervisor and must be
      supported by the following documents (the documents must be placed on a web
      page and only a link to this page e-mailed to Michael Winikoff, 
      michael.winikoff@...,   on or before February 28, 2014):

      1. A PDF file of the dissertation. If the dissertation is not written in
        English, the nomination must include a substantial manuscript in English,
        with the nominee as the first author, published in a journal or a
        prestigious conference.

      2. A list of citations to published papers based primarily on this
        dissertation with links to corresponding PDF files.

      3. A recommendation from the dissertation supervisor, on departmental
        letterhead, nominating the dissertation for the IFAAMAS-13 Victor Lesser
        Distinguished Dissertation Award. The recommendation should argue the merit
        of the dissertation and highlight, where relevant, how the work resulted
        from the initiative of the student. This document, not to exceed 500 words,
        should also certify the eligibility of the PhD by asserting that the PhD was
        defended in calendar year 2013.

      4. The names, email addresses, and affiliations of at most three referees,
        familiar with the research of the candidate and experts in the pertinent
        research area, who will directly email their recommendations for the
        candidate to the chair of the selection committee.   It is the
        responsibility of the dissertation supervisor to contact the referees and
        ensure that the letters are submitted by the deadline.   A reference letter
        should be no more than 500 words in length and should be on official
        letterhead, signed and emailed as scanned PDF file.

      Though the nomination is to be submitted by the nominee's dissertation
      supervisor, it is required that the nominee has consented that the
      dissertation be considered for this award and, if selected for the award,
      commits to attend the AAMAS-2014 conference, where he/she will receive the
      award, and will give an hour-long presentation in a special session of the
      conference on the work contained in the dissertation. The cost of attending
      the conference is not covered by the award.