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Call for Nominations: 2022 Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award, Deadline: 15 Oct 2022

Call for 2022 Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award

IFAAMAS, the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent 
is pleased to announce the call for 2022 Victor Lesser Distinguished 
Dissertation Award.

This award is named after Professor Victor Lesser, a long-standing member 
of the AAMAS community who has supervised a large number of outstanding 
PhD students in the area. It is awarded for dissertations written as part 
of a PhD defended in the specified period, nominated by the supervisor 
(with supporting references), which show originality, significance and 
impact, and are supported by high quality publications.

Nominations are invited for the award which is sponsored by IFAAMAS and 
will be presented at AAMAS-2023.

Eligible doctoral dissertations are those defended between November 1, 
2021 and October 1, 2022 in the area of Autonomous Agents or Multiagent 

This award includes a certificate and a 1500 EUR payment.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: Oct 15th, 2022

Selection procedure:

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 also 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, all should be delivered via the link 
below by Oct 15th, 2022:

   * A link to a PDF file of the dissertation. If the dissertation is not 
written in English, the nomination must include an accessible link to a 
substantial manuscript in English, with the nominee as the first author, 
published in a peer-reviewed journal or conference.

   * A PDF that contains a list of publications that have arisen from the 
dissertation, with links to the published papers.

   * A recommendation from the dissertation supervisor, on departmental 
letterhead, nominating the dissertation for the IFAAMAS-22 Victor Lesser 
Distinguished Dissertation Award. The recommendation should explain the 
contribution of the dissertation to the field of autonomous agents and 
multiagent systems, argue the merit and possible future impact of the 
work, and highlight, where relevant, how the work resulted from the 
initiative of the student. Finally, this document should certify the 
eligibility of the PhD by asserting that the PhD was defended successfully 
between November 1, 2021 and October 1, 2022.

   * The names, email addresses, and affiliations of at least one and 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 
(Paolo Turrini, p.turrini@warwick.ac.uk). A reference letter should be no 
more than 500 words in length and should be on official letterhead, signed 
and emailed as a PDF file.

Note: it is the responsibility of the dissertation supervisor to contact 
the referees and ensure that letters (max 500 words, signed, and on 
letterhead) are submitted by the deadline.

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-2023 conference, where they will receive the 
award and will give a 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.

Submission Link: tinyurl.com/VictorLesserDA22

Submission deadline: Oct 15th, 2022

For questions, please contact the chair of the selection committee, Paolo 
Turrini (p.turrini@warwick.ac.uk).
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