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The TiiS Best Paper Award
With the approval of the ACM Publications Board, in 2014 TiiS established an annual “TiiS Best Paper Award”. The award is to be granted each year for an article published in the volume for the previous year.
The Best Paper Award Committee for 2015 comprised: Matthew Turk (chair), Catherine Pelachaud, and Feng Tian.
The award was granted to Axel J. Soto, Vlado Kešelj, and Evangelos Milios (Dalhousie University, Canada) and Ryan Kiros (University of Toronto, Canada) for their article
Exploratory Visual Analysis and Interactive Pattern Extraction From Semi-Structured Data, which was published in issue 5(3) of TiiS.
The committee’s decision to single out this article was explained as follows: This research presents a visual text analytics tool for semi-structured documents, integrating automatic analysis techniques with a novel interactive visual interface to allow pattern-directed exploration of semi-structured text document datasets. The paper makes contributions in both of the key contributing areas of TiiS, machine intelligence and interaction. The work is innovative, thorough, and well presented, with potential for significant real-world impact.
The previous (and first) winners of the award were Ben Steichen, Cristina Conati, and Giuseppe Carenini of the University of British Columbia for their article Inferring Visualization Task Properties, User Performance, and User Cognitive Abilities From Eye Gaze Data, which was published in issue 4(2) of TiiS.
The following four criteria are to be applied:
An article can be nominated for the award by its reviewers, by the responsible associate editor(s), and by other members of the research community.
All nominators will be required to provide a brief statement in support of their nomination.
Nominators will be required to identify themselves. Self-nominations will be permitted, but they will carry less weight. The award committee will have the discretion to consider any TiiS article published in the relevant volume even if it received no nomination from outside of the committee.
An article (co)authored by a current or recent editor-in-chief or by a member of the award committee will not be eligible for the award.
All nominations, including those by reviewers and associate editors, are to be made via the following form: