STIL Master Thesis Prize
STIL (Stichting Toepassing Inductieve Leertechnieken) is an
association with as its goal the stimulation of research on the
applications of machine learning techniques. Between 2009 -- 2017, STIL sponsored a
prize for an MA thesis that describes high quality research in
computational linguistics or its applications.
This prize of 1000 euro was awarded for the first time during CLIN
2009 in Utrecht, and from that time on a yearly basis during the CLIN
meetings until 2017.
MA theses submitted to and evaluated at a university or organization
of higher education in The Netherlands or Flanders are eligible for
the prize. The thesis should address a topic in computational
linguistics or its applications, and may be written in Dutch or English.
The candidates were evaluated by a jury presided by the organizer
of CLIN that year, and consisted further of the organizers of the
two preceding CLIN meetings. The jury decides in consensus to
which candidate the prize is awarded. The jury can also decide
not to award a prize or to award the prize to a maximum of two
candidates. In the latter case, the money prize will be shared.
- STIL Prize 2017 (Nijmegen, January 26, 2018): Merijn Beeksma (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen) Computer, how long have I got left? Predicting life expectancy with a long short-term memory to aid in early identification of the palliative phase (jury: Iris Hendrickx (chair), Vincent Vandeghinste, and Piek Vossen).
- STIL Prize 2016: not awarded.
- STIL Prize 2015 (Amsterdam, December 18, 2015):
Nikos Voskarides (MSc obtianed at University of Amsterdam), Explaining relationships between
entities (jury: Piek Vossen, Walter Daelemans, Frank Landsbergen)
- STIL Prize 2014 (Antwerp, February 6, 2015; jury: Guy de Pauw, Frank Landsbergen, Anton Nijholt)
- Hannah Tops (MSc obtained at Utrecht University), The predictive power of tweets: An exploratory study
- Chris Emmery (MA obtained at Tilburg University), Topic modeling in online discussions: Analysis of the developments within the Dutch privacy debate on news websites
STIL Prize 2013 (Leiden, 2014): Greet Olaerts (MA obtained at University of
Leuven), My text meets Wikipedia, January 17, 2014. (Jury: Frank
Landsbergen, Anton Nijholt, Menno van Zaanen).
STIL Prize 2012 (Enschede, 2013): Phong Le (MA obtained at University
of Amsterdam), Learning Semantic Parsing, January 18, 2013.
(Jury: Anton Nijholt, Menno van Zaanen, Véronique Hoste).
- In 2011, the STIL prize has not been awarded.
STIL prize 2010 (Gent, 2011):
(MA obtained at University of
U-DOP approach to modeling language acquisition, February 11,
2010. (Jury: Véronique Hoste, Eline Westerhout, Erik Tjong Kim Sang).
STIL prize 2009 (Utrecht,
2010): Maarten van
Gompel for his thesis
memory-based machine translation. (Jury: Paola Monachesi, Erik
Tjong Kim Sang, Suzan Verberne).