Best Doctoral Dissertation Award
This award recognizes an outstanding PhD thesis completed at a Canadian University in the field of Artificial Intelligence. The winner will receive a monetary award and will be invited to give a talk at the next Canadian AI Conference. Registration cost and travel expenses will be covered by CAIAC.
CAIAC welcomes submissions of successfully completed doctoral level work in the area of Artificial Intelligence from any Canadian University in the year prior to the award. Each nomination must include:
- A nomination letter from the doctoral supervisor(s) or the head of the academic unit indicating the date on which the thesis was formally approved and detailing the rationale for the nomination (maximum of three pages). Supporting letters from examiners and/or other experts may be attached as appendices (maximum of three more pages).
- A non-technical summary of the dissertation (maximum of 350 words).
- The final version of the dissertation in PDF format.
The submission deadline is March 15th, 2023.
Both English and French submissions are welcome. To be acceptable, the final (post-defense) version of the dissertation must have been approved in the 12 months prior to the deadline above.
Instructions for submission
- Log on to the CAIAC website as a member. (Only members of CAIAC can submit a nomination. To register, click here)
- Fill out the Submission for award form available here.
Please do not hesitate to contact the CAIAC secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) should you have any questions regarding the application.
- 2023 : Sriram Ganapathi Subramanian, University of Waterloo
Dissertation: Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning in Large Complex Environments.
Supervised by Mark Crowley and Kate Larson
- 2022: Jincheng Mei, University of Alberta
Supervised by Dale Schuurmans
- 2021: Tyrone Strangway, University of Toronto
Supervised by Nisarg Shah
- 2020: Jhonatan de Souza Oliveira, University of Regina
Supervised by Cory Butz
- 2017: John Doucette, University of Waterloo
Supervised by Robin Cohen
- 2016: Tyler Lu, University of Toronto
Supervised by Craig Boutilier
- 2015: Yaoliang Yu, University of Alberta
Supervised by Dale Schuurmans and Csaba Szepesvári
- 2014: Hootan Nakhost, University of Alberta
Supervised by Martin Mueller
- 2013: Gabor Bartok, University of Alberta
Supervised by Csaba Szepesvári
- 2012: Albert Xin Jiang, University of British Columbia
Supervised by Kevin Leyton-Brown
- 2011: Martin de Lasa, University of Toronto
Supervised by Aaron Hertzmann
- 2010: Frank Hutter, University of British Columbia
Supervised by Holger Hoos (principal supervisor), Kevin Leyton-Brown, and Kevin Murphy.