The 2022 Classification Society 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’’.

Eligibility for the 2023 Distinguished Dissertation Award

To be eligible for nomination, 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.


Nomination packages are due on or before February 1, 2023 to the chair of the Award Committee. The Award Committee will be formed shortly after the 2022 Classification Society Annual Meeting.

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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