UNIGIS Academic Excellence Prize 2015

UNIGIS UK celebrates its 25th anniversary of the first intake in Manchester on October 22-24.  During this meeting the UNIGIS
 
International Association (UIA) announced the winners of its 2015 Academic Excellence Prize.

This award, initiated in 2008, is presented to the student, or students, nominated by their UNIGIS sites for submitting the best MSc thesis (or paper) during the academic year. This year the competition was very tight with nine excellent high quality MSc theses being considered by the review panel. In the end the panel decided to grant three award winning theses.

The joint winners are of the Academic Excellence Prize for 2015 are Vincent van Altena (UNIGIS Amsterdam) and Rachel Antcliffe (UNIGIS UK). Adrianna Valenti (UNIGIS USA) received the third place award. The Review Panel would like to congratulate these individuals and the other candidates for their high quality of work. The two first prize winners are rewarded with a prize of € 800 each. The runner up prize winner gets € 200. All winners also receive a free ticket to the annual GI Forum, held in July in Salzburg.

Winning topics:
  • Vincent van Altena - Improvement of automatic generalization of manmade water networks for topographic maps by context-dependent pruning
  • Rachel Antcliffe - An evaluation of the Council Tax band as an indicator of household size for small are population estimation
  • Adrianna Valenti - Estimating populations at risk in data-poor environments: a geographically disaggregated analysis of Boko Haram terrorism