The IEEE VGTC Doctoral Dissertation Competition

The IEEE VGTC Doctoral Dissertation Competition
DEADLINE: July 31, 2014
IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee (VGTC) is sponsoring the second annual Best Doctoral Dissertation Award program to recognize outstanding academic research and development in visualization and visual analytics. The dissertations must address a topic relevant to visualization or visual analytics. The competition will be administrated by the IEEE Visualization Pioneers Group (VPG) under the auspices of IEEE vgTC. The IEEE VGTC VIS Pioneers Group Doctoral Dissertation Award is presented annually at the IEEE VPG Reception held at the IEEE VIS conference.
All English language dissertations that have been successfully defended between July 31, 2012 and July 31, 2014 are eligible for the 2014 competition.
There is no limitation on the number of nominations that may be made by a university.
Nomination packets must be received by 5pm PDT on July 31, 2014 to qualify for the 2014 competition.
Five IEEE VPG members will form a review committee to thoroughly review and assess the dissertation submissions. The committee will judge the dissertations based on their intellectual merit, technical depth, and presentation quality. The selection committee will recommend the winning dissertation to the IEEE VGTC chair by October 1, 2014.
The winner of the IEEE VGTC VIS Pioneers Group Doctoral Dissertation Award will receive a monetary award of $500 provided by IEEE VGTC. Only one award will be given in 2014.
The student’s advisor should email the nomination package to The package must include:
1.     A nomination letter written by the student’s advisor, which includes:

  • the name, email address, and phone number of the advisor,
  • the name and email address of the candidate, and
  • a one-page summary of the significance of the dissertation (references to papers should be provided on an extra sheet)

2.     A copy of the dissertation.
Optional additional letters of recommendation can be attached to the submission.
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