Winner of the Classification Society Distinguished Dissertation Award 2009
The Award honors the best PhD (or approximately equivalent doctoral)
dissertation nominated by an annual deadline. The theme is clustering,
classification, related areas of data analysis, encompassing both
associated theory and/or applications.
The 2009 Distinguished Dissertation Award winner is
Dr. Innar Liiv
for his dissertation
"Pattern Discovery Using Seriation and Matrix Reordering: A Unified View,
Extensions and an Application to Inventory Management"
defended at Tallinn University of Technology under supervision of Professor
Rein Kuusik, in August 2008.
Dr. Georgi Nalbantov received an Honorable Mention for his thesis "Essays on
Some Recent Penalization Methods with Applications in Finance and Marketing",
Erasmus University Rotterdam. All 7 nominations were of excellent quality
and are listed at http://www.classification-society.org/csna
In 2009 the Award totals US$500 in book vouchers from Chapman and Hall/CRC.
The winner is invited to make a presentation in a special plenary session
at the Classification Society's 2009 Annual Meeting with up to $500 of the
Award winner's travel expenses to the Annual Meeting covered by
In 2008-2009, the evaluation committee included: Samantha C. Bates Prins
(Award Committee Chair; Department of Mathematics & Statistics, James
Madison University), Fionn Murtagh (Science Foundation Ireland; and
Department of Computer Science, Royal Holloway, University of London),
Douglas Steinley (Department of Psychological Sciences, University of
Missouri-Columbia) and Rebecca Nugent (Department of Statistics, Carnegie