[robotics-worldwide] Volz PhD Award - Call for Nomination

Christensen, Henrik I. hic at cc.gatech.edu
Fri Oct 22 09:24:55 PDT 2010

        Call for nomination for Dick Volz Best US PhD Thesis in
                     Robotics and Automation
Prof. Dick Volz during his research career did excellent research on robotics and control, and was an excellent mentor to students and
other researchers in robotics. He served on a number of national  panels and was very active within the IEEE Robotics and Automation
Society in a number of roles including serving as the society  president during 2006-2007. Prof. Volz is a role model for scholarship  and community engagement in the area of robotics. To honor his work  and effort, and promote these values, the Dick Volz award has been organized to be awarded to the best US Ph.D. thesis. Candidates will be considered about two years after graduation to  allow for evaluation of  the impact of the research in a broader  perspective beyond the thesis.
Candidates profile
The candidates will be researchers in the field of robotics and automation having obtained their Ph.D. degree at any US institution during 2007, in any topic within robotics and automation.
Evaluation criteria
The criteria to evaluate the thesis research will be based both, on the thesis quality, and also on the posterior results of any activity associated with the thesis, such as: papers, articles, research projects etc.
Candidatures presentation
The candidates must send their applications to the address below before end of October 2010.
Henrik I Christensen
RIM at GT, Georgia Tech
801 Atlantic Dr
Atlanta, Ga 30332-0280
Email: hic at cc.gatech.edu
The application should include:
- A copy of the Ph.D. thesis in pdf format
- A document describing the effective results of the Ph. D., (patents,
applications, developments, participation in scientific events,
 publications, etc.), with clear indications of the relation to
 the thesis
- A recommendation letter from the advisor
- A C.V. for the candidate
- An abstract of the Thesis, max 10 pages long, with clear indication
 of the main contributions
Review procedure
A jury consisting of five members will evaluate the submissions. The inaugural jury is composed of
Prof. John Hollerbach, Univ. of Utah
Prof. Gaurav Sukhatme, Univ. of Southern California
Prof. Seth  Hutchinson, Univ. of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Prof. Vijay Kumar, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Prof. Henrik I Christensen, Georgia Tech. (Chair)
The jury will discuss the proposals based on the collected information: the documentation presented, reviews, and scientific and  technical production. After their deliberation they will make the final decision including a justification.
The award
There will be a single award. The winner will receive a check for  $1000 and  be invited to publish  the thesis/work as part of the  Springer STAR series. The winner and the two runner ups will each  receive a plaque with the award information.

Henrik I. Christensen, Ph.D. - KUKA Chair of Robotics
Director - Robotics and Intelligent Machines @ Georgia Tech (RIM at GT)
Distinguished Professor - Interactive Computing, College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology, 801 Atlantic Dr #216, Atlanta, GA 30332-0280, USA
Phone: +1 404 889 2500, Email: hic at cc.gatech.edu<mailto:hic at cc.gatech.edu> URL: www.robotics.gatech.edu<http://www.robotics.gatech.edu>

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