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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: IFAAMAS-12 Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award

Nominations are invited for the 2013 Victor Lesser Distinguished 
Dissertation Award sponsored by IFAAMAS, the International Foundation for 
Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems ( and to 
be presented at AAMAS-2014 (

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

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,, 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 
   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 
   of the dissertation and highlight, where relevant, how the work resulted
   from the initiative of the student. This document, not to exceed 500 
   should also certify the eligibility of the PhD by asserting that the PhD 
   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 
   ensure that the letters are submitted by the deadline.  A reference 
   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.