Call for nominations: Finnish AI Dissertation Award 2023

The Finnish AI Society (FAIS) is seeking for nominations of candidates for the Finnish AI Dissertation Award 2023 This national distinction is awarded annually to an outstanding dissertation in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Proposed PhD dissertations should have contributions in AI interpreted in a broad sense (cf. the scopes of major AI conferences and journals) and must have been defended at a Finnish university between December 1, 2022 and December 31, 2023. In addition, the candidate nominated is expected to be a member of FAIS. A parallel nomination for the EurAI Dissertation Award with the same submission deadline and eligibility criteria is strongly encouraged. The winner will receive a monetary award of 1,000 euros, sponsored by Unity Technologies, and will be invited to give a talk on the topic of the dissertation during 2024.

The nominations are due by May 31, 2024, and should be sent by email to In order to be taken into consideration, the supervisor (or another nominator) of the dissertation must submit a single PDF file including:

1. Cover letter giving basic details of the dissertation: Name, affiliation and contact details of the nominator, the date of the defense, and the names of official pre-examiner(s) and opponent(s);

2. Signed letters of recommendation from at least two experts (this may include the supervisor, as well as the pre-examiners and opponents); and

3. The full nominated dissertation or a link to the publicly available PDF version.

The winner is selected by a committee of experts nominated by the FAIS board. The selection is based on scientific quality, impact (if already visible), originality, novelty, and public/national interest. If a submitted dissertation receives another national or international award before or during the evaluation period, the supervisor or the candidate is requested to inform the committee. The committee may also provide additional honorable mentions or decide to split the award between multiple winners.

Any inquiries about the award can be sent to