Theses Contest

The Postgraduate Theses Contest (PTC) promotes the integration and cooperation of young researchers in Computational Intelligence areas, providing greater visibility of the work done. The PTC has the following objectives:

  1. To promote greater participation of graduate students in the event.
  2. To encourage the continuous improvement of the quality of Ph.D and Master’s dissertations and/or thesis on Computational Intelligence.

Who can participate?

Among the registered participants, the PTC will select and award the best doctoral thesis and the best master's thesis on Computational Intelligence.

A valid thesis or dissertation has to be completed, duly defended, and approved from August 2022 to July 2023.

Evaluation criteria

Theses and dissertations selected to compete in this year's contest will be evaluated based on their:

  1. Scientific and technological contributions generated by the work;
  2. Potential impact on society;
  3. Potential impact on state of the art on Computational Intelligence & associated areas;

We will give special consideration to works that promote gender equality and the participation of First Nations (indigenous).

Selection process

Participants are requested to send a summary of their work, that will be evaluated by an ad hoc committee.

The contest is organized in two phases. In the first phase, which will take place in September, three finalists will be chosen for each category (doctoral and master thesis). In the second phase, which will take place during the conference, the six finalist authors will make oral presentations of their work and one winning thesis will be chosen for each category.

Further details and instructions for the accepted entries and the consequent presentations will be provided to all participants

Important Dates

  • Phase 1 Deadline: August 7th, 2023
  • Phase 1 Results Notification: September 7th, 2023
  • Phase 2: November 1st, 2023

Entry Deliverables

  1. Candidates are requested to send a SUMMARY in English (from 5 up to 8 pages, including images, tables, and references, excluding the cover page). The same format as the LA-CCI papers should be used. The submission of summaries must be sent by the following email: fausto[dot]lorenzato[at]upe[dot]br, with the Subject: LA-CCI Theses Contest.
  2. The summary must include as an Appendix a list of published works resulting from the thesis.
  3. Visual Abstract

Awards to the best theses and dissertations

The authors of the six theses selected as finalists in the first phase of the competition will have free registration for the Conference and the Summer School.

Among the finalists, two will be awarded: the best doctoral thesis and the best master's thesis work.

Awards will be given out at the awards ceremony during the LA-CCI.

Post-submission (if selected as finalist)

In case your entry is selected as a finalist, you should send further:

  1. Full text of thesis or dissertation;
  2. Scanned copy of the diploma or a certificate of the approved work presentation (i.e., a document showing that the thesis or dissertation was defended and approved);

Important remarks for the summary

All documents submitted must be sent in PDF format. The full text of the thesis or dissertation will serve primarily as a reference source for the evaluators of the work results. All the documents must be written in either Spanish, Portuguese, or English.

The summary should be clear on which contributions are the originality and the potential impact of the work. The organization of the summary should involve: title, author, department in which it was approved, Advisors and Co-Advisors with their affiliations, and the text itself.

Furthermore, it is suggested that the text of the abstract explicitly state: the motivation of work, characterizing the relevance of the topic, and the main challenges of treaties research, its objectives, and its significant contributions and results. If applicable, it is requested that the authors indicate the work products, such as patents, registered programs, public/free domain programs (indicating their URLs), articles published or accepted for publication, and any other information needed to qualify the work.

For all question NOT resolved here, please write to the conference chair: fausto[dot]lorenzato[at]upe[dot]br, ith the Subject: LA-CCI Theses Contest.

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