Call for Nominations: The 2020 IAAI Doctoral Dissertation Award

Deadline: May 15, 2020

The Israeli Association for Artificial Intelligence (IAAI) established the IAAI Doctoral Dissertation Award program in 2018 to recognize superior research and writing by doctoral candidates in Israel studying Artificial Intelligence. Past winners can be seen here.


We consider all areas AI, including, but not limited to: Search, Planning, Machine Learning, Machine Vision, Natural Language Processing, Data Mining, Game Theory, Econ CS, Intelligent Robotics, Cognitive and User Modelling, Multi-Agent systems, Human Aware AI.


The prize will be awarded at the upcoming IAAI group meeting, which will be held online in early June 2020.


Eligible candidates must have submitted their dissertation to an Israeli university after April 1st, 2019.


Submissions will be reviewed by the award committee for the 2020 prize:

Dr. Omer Lev (BGU)

Prof. Jeff Rosenschein (HUJI)

Prof. David Sarne (BIU)

Dr. Aya Soffer (IBM Research)


Nominations to include  the following in pdf format:


  • An electronic copy of the dissertation.

  • A full list of publications, including papers accepted (but no papers in review).

  • A *single* recommendation letter from the advisor or advisors (co-signing the letter). The letter should provide context for the contributions of the work, and the merits of the Ph.D. candidate (should not exceed 2 pages).

  • A statement from the student explaining the impact and novelty this research brings to Israeli AI (should not exceed 2 pages).

Nominations can be uploaded at this link.  Please use a single zip file for all materials. Recommendation letters may be uploaded separately by the advisor to the same link, please include the student name in the title.


Kobi Gal, Chairperson, IAAI.