[robotics-worldwide] Volz Best US PhD Thesis 2009

Henrik I Christensen hic at cc.gatech.edu
Sun Sep 9 20:40:01 PDT 2012


# Call for nomination for Dick Volz Best US PhD Thesis in Robotics and 
Automation

**Background**

Prof. Dick Volz during his research career did excellent research on 
robotics and control, and has been a fantastic 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 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 2009*, in any topic within robotics and automation.

**Evaluation criteria**

The evaluation criteria will be based both, on the thesis quality, and 
also on the posterior results of any activity associated with the 
thesis, such as: papers, patents, articles, spin-off companies, research 
projects etc.

**Candidatures presentation**

The candidates must send their applications to the address below before 
15 November 2012. 

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:

1. A copy of the Ph.D. thesis in pdf format
2. 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
3. A recommendation letter from the advisor
4. A C.V. for the candidate
5. 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 
jury will likely be composed of (subject to no conflict of interest):

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 submit the thesis/work for inclusion in the Springer 
STAR series. The winner and 1-2 runner ups will each receive a plaque 
with the award information.  The winner will be announced at RSS-2013.

--
Henrik I. Christensen, Ph.D., KUKA Chair of Robotics
Director, Robotics and Intelligent Machines
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