The 2022 Distinguished Dissertation Award

The Classification Society would like to congratulate the winner of the 2022 Distinguished Dissertation award, Dr. Francesco Sanna Passino (Imperial College London). The title of Dr. Sanna Passino's thesis is "Latent factor representations of dynamic networks with applications in cyber-security’’.

The honourable mention for the 2022 Distinguished Dissertation Award is Dr. Daniel Kottke (Kassel University) for the thesis "A holistic, decision-theoretic framework for pool-based active learning’’.

The 2023 Distinguished Dissertation Award

The 2023 Award totals 500 USD in book vouchers from Springer and the winner will be invited to make a presentation in a special session at the 2023 Classification Society Annual Meeting. The Classification Society will cover travel expenses to the 2023 Annual Meeting of at most 1,000 USD for a North American-based Award winner or at most 1,500 USD for an Award winner based elsewhere.

Criteria for nomination for the Award include:

  • the main topic of the dissertation is in classification, clustering or a closely related area;
  • the dissertation contains innovative work in theory/methodology and/or or innovative or well developed application(s); and the literature review is thorough.

To be eligible for the 2023 Classification Society Distinguished Dissertation Award, a Ph.D. dissertation must have been successfully completed – including successful defense – within the calendar year 2022. Nominations may be made by the dissertation author, supervisor, or related person, and must be sent by email. A nomination must include contact information for the nominator and nominee (if different), a URL where an online copy of the dissertation can be accessed by the members of the Award Committee, and an electronic (e.g., scanned) cover letter, written and signed by the nominator, stating the date of final completion of the Ph.D. dissertation and outlining why the dissertation merits the award. The nominator must also arrange for two external referee reports to be sent directly to the chair of the Award committee. If possible, the referees should be arms-length from the dissertation author and their supervisor. Cover letters should include full bibliographic details for any published papers, proceedings, book chapters, or similar scholarly material that have arisen from the dissertation. For non-English language dissertations, nominators are requested to provide an extended abstract in English and, where relevant, to highlight any papers, proceedings, book chapters, or similar scholarly material associated with the dissertation that have been published in English.

Deadline for Nominations

Nomination packages are due on or before Feb. 1, 2023, to the chair of the Award Committee, Volodymyr Melnykov < vmelnykov 'at' >.

Award Committee

Volodmyr Melnekov Ph.D.

Volodymyr Melnykov (Chair)

Xu (Sunny) Wang

Stephen France

Prof. Volodymyr Melnykov

Herbie Lee

Previous Winners

  • Francesco Sanna Passino Imperial College London

  • Michael Gallaugher Baylor University

  • Keefe Murphy Maynooth University

  • Anjali Silva University Health Network

  • Yang Tang

  • Michael Fop University College Dublin

  • Paula Murray

  • Zsuzsa Bakk Universiteit Leiden

  • Irene Vrbik University of British Columbia - Okanagan

  • Kim de Roover Tilburg University

  • Jeffrey L. Andrews University of British Columbia - Okanagan

  • Theodore Damoulas University of Warwick

  • Frank Busing Universiteit Leiden

  • Daniel Aloise Polytechnique Montreal

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