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We are calling for submissions for the 2012 SIGMM Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis in Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications.

The deadline is May 1, 2012. Detailed information can be found on SIGMM's web pages at http://sigmm.org/Awards/thesisaward


== SIGMM Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis in Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications ==

=== Award Description ===

This award will be presented at most once per year to a researcher whose PhD thesis has the potential of very high impact in multimedia computing, communication and applications, or gives direct evidence of such impact. A selection committee will evaluate contributions towards advances in multimedia including multimedia processing, multimedia systems, multimedia network protocols and services, multimedia applications and interfaces. The award will recognize members of the SIGMM community and their research contributions in their PhD theses as well as the potential of impact of their PhD theses in multimedia area. The selection committee will focus on candidates’ contributions as judged by innovative ideas and potential impact resulting from their PhD work.

The award includes a US$500 honorarium, an award certificate of recognition, and an invitation for the recipient to receive the award at a current year’s SIGMM-sponsored conference, the ACM International Conference on Multimedia (ACM Multimedia). A public citation for the award will be placed on the SIGMM website, in the SIGMM Records e-newsletter as well as in the ACM e-newsletter.

A thesis is considered to be outstanding if:
 - Theoretical contributions are significant and application to multimedia is demonstrated.
 - Applications to multimedia is outstanding, techniques are backed by solid theory with clear demonstration that algorithms can be applied in new domains -  e.g., algorithms must be demonstrably scalable in application in terms of robustness, convergence and complexity.

=== Nomination ===

The initial nomination for a PhD thesis must relate to a dissertation deposited at the nominee’s Academic Institution between January and December of the year previous to the nomination. As discussed below, some dissertations may be held for up to three years by the selection committee for reconsideration. Please read the web page at sigmm.org for details about the nomination process: http://sigmm.org/Awards/thesisaward

=== Selection Committee ===

For the period 2010-2012, the award selection committee consists of:

 - Professor Svetha Venkatesh ([log in to unmask]) - Chair (Deakin University, Australia)
 - Professor Dick Bulterman ([log in to unmask]) (CWI, The Netherlands)
 - Professor Abed El Saddik ([log in to unmask]) University of Ottawa, Canada

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