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2015 AI Doctoral Dissertation Award Nomination

The Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association/L’Association pour l'Intelligence Artificielle au Canada (CAIAC) is happy to announce its sixth AI Doctoral Dissertation Award

This award concerns outstanding dissertations completed in a Canadian University during 2014  in the field of Artificial Intelligence. 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 conference (conference registration will be covered as well as travel expenses of up to $1,000). The winner will also receive a monetary prize of $500 and a certificate from CAIAC. 

Every Academic Unit within a Canadian University is invited to submit one nomination to CAIAC’s Doctoral Dissertation 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, 
  • 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 all be in electronic format and must be submitted through CAIAC website ( by January 15th 2015 at the latest. Both English and French submissions are welcome.



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. 

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