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SWSA Distinguished Dissertation Award

The Semantic Web Science Association (SWSA) invites applications for the 2017 SWSA Distinguished Dissertation Award. The award will be presented during the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), which will be held in Vienna, Austria on October 21-25 2017. The winner is expected to attend the ISWC 2016 conference.

Eligibility: Eligible doctoral dissertations are those which present innovative research results related to the combination of semantics, data and the Web, and which have been awarded a PhD between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016, The selection of the dissertation will be based on the originality, significance, and impact of the work. Evidence of such impact includes (but is not limited to) publications at highly selective conferences and journals in the field, in particular ISWC.

Award committee: The selection committee, which will comprise two members of SWSA and two external experts, will be the final arbiter in the decision process. The selection committee might decide to consult additional external assessors and reserves the right to not award the prize if the applications do not meet the expected quality level.

The award: The award includes a certificate and a 1000 euros payment. Travel costs to Vienna and a free registration to ISWC 2017will be covered. 

In addition, IOS Press will invite the winner to publish the dissertation as a book in the "Studies on the Semantic Web" series.


Submissions must include the following documents, which must be placed on a web page. Only a link to this page should be emailed to the chair of SWSA, Natasha Noy, on or before 30 June 2017:

  • A pdf file of the dissertation.

  • A short (no more than 5 pages) paper summarizing the key contributions of the dissertation. The paper should be in pdf, should be edited according to the Springer publication guideline for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), and should cover the following elements:

    • Motivation and objectives of the research.

    • Description of the approach, highlighting its key aspects and the novelty with respect to the state of the art.

    • Major results.

    • Description of the evaluation methods used to validate the results.

    • Significance of the work, open issues, and future directions of work.

  • A list of publications associated with the dissertation, with links to the corresponding pdf files.

  • A letter from the student’s supervisor that i) confirms that the student was awarded his/her PhD in the calendar year 2015 and ii) provides a brief justification for the nomination.

  • Two letters of recommendation from people outside the candidate’s PhD institution supporting the nomination.

The winner of the SWSA Distinguished Dissertation Award will be notified on or before July 26th, 2017.


  • Jim Hendler, RPI
  • Guus Schreiber, VU Amsterdam