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Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award

This award is named for Professor Victor Lesser, a long standing member of the AAMAS community who has graduated a large number of outstanding PhD students in the area. It is awarded for dissertations written as part of a PhD defended in the specified year, nominated by the supervisor (with supporting references), which show originality, depth, impact and written quality, supported by quality publications.

Previous winners of the award have been:
  • 2023:
    • Niclas Boehmer
      Application-Oriented Collective Decision-Making: Experimental Toolbox and Dynamic Environments
      (supervised by Rolf Niedermeier and Markus Brill)
    • Runners-up: Gabriele Farina and Evi Micha
  • 2022:
    • Jiaoyang Li
      Efficient and Effective Techniques for Large-Scale Multi-Agent Path Finding
      (supervised by Sven Koenig)
    • Runner-up: Shangtong Zhang
  • 2021:
    • Bryan Wilder
      AI for Population Health: Melding Data and Algorithms on Networks
      (supervised by Milind Tambe)
    • Runner-up: Ellen Vitercik
  • 2020:
    • Noam Brown
      Equilibrium Finding for Large Adversarial Imperfect-Information Games
      (supervised by Tuomas Sandholm)
    • Runners-up: Yuan Deng and Hang Ma
  • 2019:
    • Dominik Peters
      Fair Division of the Commons
      (supervised by Edith Elkind)
    • Runner-up: Kyle Hollins Wray
  • 2018:
    • Fernando P. Santos
      Dynamics of Reputations and the Self-organization of Cooperation
      (supervised by Francisco Santos, Jorge Pacheco, and Ana Paiva)
    • Runner-up: Haifeng Xu
  • 2017:
    • Ariel Rosenfeld
      Strategic Human-Agent Interaction: From Promoting Traffic Safety to Search and Rescue
      (supervised by Sarit Kraus)
  • 2016:
    • Nisarg Shah
      Optimal Social Decision Making
      (supervised by Ariel Procaccia)
    • Runner up: Fei Fang
  • 2015:
    • Amos Azaria
      Agents for Automated Human Persuasion
      (supervised by Sarit Kraus and Yonatan Aumann)
    • Runner up: Piotr Skowron
  • 2014:
    • Yair Zick
      Arbitration, Fairness and Stability: Revenue Division in Collaborative Settings
      (supervised by Edith Elkind)
    • Runners up: Tim Baarslag and Xi (Alice) Gao
  • 2013:
    • Manish Jain
      Thwarting Adversaries with Unpredictability: Massive-scale Game-Theoretic Algorithms for Real-World Security Deployments
      (supervised by Milind Tambe)
    • Honorary Mentions: Iolanda Leite and Reshef Meir
      (the awards committee decided to use the term "honorary mentions" to emphasise how close the three were, and how hard the decision had been)
  • 2012:
    • Birgit Endrass
      Cultural Diversity for Virtual Characters: Investigating Behavioral Aspects across Cultures
      (supervised by Elisabeth André)
    • Runners up: Bradley Knox and Akshat Kumar
  • 2011:
    • Daniel Villatoro
      Social Norms for Self-Policing Multi-agent Systems and Virtual Societies
      (supervised by Jordi Sabater)
    • Runner up: Albert Jiang
  • 2010:
    • Bo An
      Automated Negotiation for Complex Multi-agent Resource Allocation
      (supervised by Victor Lesser)
  • 2009:
    • Andrew Gilpin
      Algorithms for Abstracting and Solving Imperfect Information Games
      (supervised by Tuomas Sandholm)
  • 2008:
    • Arial Procaccia
      Computational Voting Theory: Of the Agents, By the Agents, For the Agents
      (supervised by Jeff Rosenschein)
  • 2007:
    • Radu Jurca
      Truthful reputation mechanisms for online systems
      (supervised by Boi Faltings)
  • 2006:
    • Vincent Conitzer
      Computational Aspects of Preference Aggregation
      (supervised by Tuomas Sandholm)
Note that the Victor Lesser Award relates to PhD dissertations defended in the specified year, so will be awarded (and listed here) the following year.