The Vienna Center for Logic and Algorithms (VCLA) at TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology) seeks nominations for the annually awarded VCLA International Student Awards for Outstanding Master and Undergraduate Research Theses, which recognize authors of scientific works covering a very wide range of topics on the spectrum of Logic, and Computer Science. Extended submission deadline: 25.3.2019
*Outstanding Master Thesis Award: 1200 EUR
*Outstanding Undergraduate Research (Bachelor) Award: 800 EUR
*The winners will be invited to present their work at an award ceremony in Vienna, Austria in the autumn 2019
*The degree must have been awarded between November 15th, 2017, and December 31st, 2018, (inclusive).
*Students who obtained their degree at TU Wien are excluded from the nomination.
MAIN AREAS OF INTEREST
*Computational Logic, covering theoretical and mathematical foundations such as proof theory, model theory, computability theory, Boolean satisfiability (SAT), QBF, constraint satisfaction, satisfiability modulo theories, automated deduction (resolution, refutation, theorem proving), non-classical logics (substructural logics, multi-valued logics, deontic logics, modal and temporal logics).
*Algorithms and Computational Complexity, including design and analysis of discrete algorithms, complexity analysis, algorithmic lower bounds, parameterized and exact algorithms, decomposition methods, approximation algorithms, randomized algorithms, algorithm engineering, as well as algorithmic game theory, computational social choice, parallel algorithms, and distributed algorithms.
*Databases and Artificial Intelligence, concerned with logical methods for modeling, storing, and drawing inferences from data and knowledge. This includes subjects like query languages based on logical concepts (Datalog, variants of SQL, XML, and SPARQL), novel database-theoretical methods (schema mappings, information extraction and integration), logic programming, knowledge representation and reasoning (ontologies, answer-set programming, belief change, inconsistency handling, argumentation, planning).
*Verification, concerned with logical methods and automated tools for reasoning about the behavior and correctness of complex state-based systems such as software and hardware designs as well as hybrid systems. This ranges from model checking, program analysis and abstraction to new interdisciplinary areas such as fault localization, program repair, program synthesis, and the analysis of biological systems.
*A cover page that contains the name and contact details of the nominated person, the title of the work for which the person is being nominated, award category, the date on which the degree was awarded, and the name of the university
*An English summary of the thesis of maximum 3 pages, excluding references (A4 or letter page size, 11pt font min). The summary must clearly state the main contribution of the work, its novelty, and its relevance to some of the aforementioned areas of interest
*The CV of the nominated person, including publication list (if applicable)
*An endorsement letter from a supervisor or another proposing person. The letter must clearly state the independent and novel contribution of the student, and why the proposer believes the student deserves the award. The endorsement letter may be submitted to the award committee after the deadline for the submission of nominations has passed.
*The full thesis
*Extended submission deadline: March 25, 2019 (AoE)
*Notification of decision: end of June 2019
*Award ceremony: September 2019, Vienna (Austria)
AWARD COMMITTEE 2019
Robert Ganian (committee co-chair)
Magdalena Ortiz (general chair)
Revantha Ramanayake (committee co-chair)
The award is dedicated to the memory of Helmut Veith, the brilliant computer scientist who tragically passed away in March 2016, and aims to carry on his commitment to promoting young talent and promising researchers in these areas.
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