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AISB miscellaneous Bulletin Item

Call for IFAAMAS-09 Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award nominations - NEW CONTACT PERSON

Call for IFAAMAS-09 Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award nominations

IMPORTANT: The contact person has changed.
Nominations are invited for the 2009 Victor Lesser Distinguished 
Dissertation Award sponsored by IFAAMAS, the International Foundation 
for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems ([[]]).
This award includes a certificate signed by the IFAAMAS Chair and 
1500EUR. Eligible doctoral dissertations are those defended between 
January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009 in the area of Autonomous Agents 
or Multiagent Systems.
The award will be based on the originality, significance, and real or 
potential impact of the work.  Evidence of such impact may come from 
existing pre- or post-defense publications of the work at highly selective 
conferences and journals, and/or from comments of the supervisor and 
references.  Work that resulted primarily from the student's initiative 
will be considered more favorably. 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 not to 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:
*A.* A pdf file of the dissertation. If the dissertation is not written 
in English, the nomination must include a long paper in English, with the 
nominee as the first author, published in a journal or a prestigious conference.
*B.* A list of citations to published papers based primarily on work reported 
in the dissertation with links to corresponding pdf files.
*C.* A recommendation from the supervisor nominating the dissertation for 
the IFAAMAS-09 Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award. The recommendation 
should argue the merit of the dissertation and highlight, where relevant, how 
the work resulted from the initiative of the student. This document, not to 
exceed 500 words, should also certify the eligibility of the PhD by asserting that 
the PhD was defended in calendar year 2009.
*D.* Up to three reference letters of no more than 500 words in length, signed and 
scanned as pdf files, from researchers familiar with the research of the candidate 
and with related research expertise.
These documents must be placed on a web page and only a link to this page e-mailed 
to the chair of the selection committee, Michael Huhns, at [[]] on or 
before February 5, 2010.
Though the nomination is to be submitted by the student's supervisor, it is assumed 
that the student has consented that the dissertation be considered for this award 
and, if selected, commits to attend the AAMAS10 conference where he/she will receive 
the award and will give an hour-long presentation on this work in a special session. 
The cost of attending the conference is not covered by the award.
Selection committee:
Michael Huhns (Chair)
Ana Bazzan
Ariel Procaccia
Mike Wooldridge
Makoto Yokoo