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2014 AI Masters Thesis Award Nomination

The Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association/L'Association pour l'Intelligence Artificielle au Canada (CAIAC) is happy to announce its AI Masters Thesis Award

This award concerns outstanding MSc theses completed in a Canadian University during 2013 in the field of Artificial Intelligence (note 1). The winner will be announced at the 2014 Canadian Conference on Artificial Intelligence held in Montreal from May 6th to May 9th, 2014 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 $1000). 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's Masters 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 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 an electronic link to the complete thesis in PDF format.

The nominee must be a CAIAC member by the submission deadline indicated below. The submitted documents must all be in electronic format and must be submitted through the CAIAC website by January 15th 2014 at the latest. Both English and French submissions are welcome.

Instructions for submission:

Step 1: Login to the CAIAC.ca 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 have 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. 

Note 1: The final (post-defense) version must have been received and accepted by the graduate unit in 2013.