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2015 AI Masters Thesis Award Nomination

This award concerns outstanding MSc theses completed in a Canadian University during 2014 in the field of Artificial Intelligence (please see note 1 below). The winner will be announced at the 2015 Canadian Conference on Artificial Intelligence held in Halifax from June 2nd to June 5th, 2015 and will be invited to give a talk at the Graduate Symposium during the conference (the symposium and conference registration will be covered as well as travel expenses of up to $1,000). The winner will also receive a monetary prize of $200 and a certificate from CAIAC.

Every Academic Unit within a Canadian University is invited to submit one nomination to CAIAC Master’s Thesis Award Committee, as long as the thesis is in the area of Artificial Intelligence. The thesis submission must include:

  • a nomination letter from the head of the academic unit detailing the rationale for the nomination,
  • a reference letter from the thesis supervisor,
  • a copy of the thesis external examiner’s report or a summary report from the internal reviewers (maximum of two pages),
  • a non-technical summary of the thesis (a maximum of 350 words is allowed), and
  • the complete thesis in PDF format.

We expect the nominee to be a CAIAC member by the submission deadline indicated below. The submitted documents must be submitted in electronic format through CAIAC website ( by January 15th, 2015, at the latest. Both English and French submissions are welcome.

Please do not hesitate to contact the CAIAC secretary ( should you have any questions regarding the application.

1.       The final (post-defense) version of the MSc thesis must have been received and accepted by the graduate unit in 2014.


Instructions for submission:

Step 1: Login to the website as a member. (Only members of CAIAC can submit a nomination).

Step 2a: Click on the link “Add content > Submission for award” in the navigation menu.

Step 2b: Make sure the thesis/dissertation has already been added to the site.

A drop-down list allows you to select a thesis to nominate. The thesis must have already been added to the site. A list of all theses is available here. If it is not yet present, add it yourself by clicking here.

If the thesis is present on the site, but you cannot find it in the drop-down list, it means that the thesis has already been nominated, or that the thesis’ publication year is too old to be nominated for this award.

 Step 3: Fill out the form. By completing the nomination process, emails are sent to heads of academic units requesting nomination letters. The summary submitted will henceforth be displayed along with the corresponding thesis.