Awards information for SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing

Honoring outstanding achievement from our researchers

Giving recognition

SPIE and supporting organizations recognize contributions that have been made by experts, and we honor their accomplishments with the following prestigious awards.

SPIE Medal: Honoring outstanding achievement from our researchers

Recent award winners from 2022


Thank you to the committee and chairs for selecting these winners and recognizing the brilliance of each researcher's work.

Award Award winner name Paper number Sponsor
Orbbec Best Paper Patrick Dietrich and Florian Siegmund 12098-15 Orbbec 3D Technology International, Inc.
Orbbec Best Student Paper Christina Junger 12098-17 Orbbec 3D Technology International, Inc.
Orbbec Best Oral Presentation Caroline Blanchard 12098-7 Orbbec 3D Technology International, Inc.
Infrared Imaging Systems Best Presentation Lindsey Wiley 12106-5
Thermosense Best Student Paper Julien Lecompagnon 12109-5
Passive and Active Millimeter-Wave Imaging Best Student Paper Samu-Ville Pälli 12111-9 Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.
Passive and Active Millimeter-Wave Imaging Best Student Paper Stavros Vakalis 12111-10 Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Best Paper Award Daniel Grahn 12113-87
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Best Student Paper Award Pretom Roy Ovi 12113-22
Autonomous Air and Ground Best Paper Award Luke DeCoffe 12114-14 Syngenta Corp.
Autonomous Air and Ground Best Paper Award Runner Up Vaishali Swaminathan 12114-26 Syngenta Corp.
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications Best Paper Award Wei Pan 12121-17 IFT logo
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications Best Student Paper Award Justin Fletcher 12121-7 IFT logo

Conference awards recognize remarkable work

With thanks to our sponsors, SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing is able to offer various awards for presenting authors in some conferences. Review the list above for this year's winners and awards available for the coming year are listed below.

Honoring outstanding achievement by our researchers: The conference chair shakes the hand of an award winner

2023 Awards



DCS108 Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery XXX

Best Student Paper Award


In order to be considered for this award, the student must be the presenter and the primary author, and marked as student and presenter in the submission system. A panel of experts will evaluate the papers, both for quality and content with regard to: 1) innovation, clarity, and style, and 2) the importance of the work to the field.



DCS109 Automatic Target Recognition XXXIII

Best Paper Award and Best Student Paper Award


To be eligible for this award, you must submit a manuscript, be accepted for an oral presentation, and you or your co-author must present your paper on-site. All students are eligible if the abstract was accepted during the academic year the student graduated. Students are required to be enrolled in University degree granting program. Manuscripts will be judged on technical merit, presentation/speaking skills, and audience interaction. Winners will be announced after the meeting and will be included in the proceedings. All winners will receive an Award Certificate and recognition on SPIE.org.



DCS110 Big Data: Learning, Analytics, and Applications V

Best Student Paper Award


One paper will be selected for the best student paper award among the papers of this conference (accepted, presented, and published) that has a first author marked as student during submission. The selection will be made by a designated award sub-committee, comprising three members of the conference program committee and/or chairs. All eligible papers will be evaluated for technical quality and merit. The criteria for evaluation will include: 1) innovation; 2) clarity and quality of the manuscript submitted for publication; and 3) the significance and impact of the work reported.

In order to be considered for the award, one of the student presenter must make their oral presentation and submit their final manuscript as scheduled and according to the due date. There is no monetary prize for this award.



DCS112 Dimensional Optical Metrology and Inspection for Practical Applications XII

Orbbec Best Paper Award
Orbbec Best Student Paper Award
Orbbec Best Oral Presentation Award

The Orbbec Awards are presented annually to participants of Dimensional Optical Metrology and Inspection for Practical Applications.

The Orbbec best paper, best student paper, and best oral presentation awards are sponsored by Orbbec Inc., and are presented annually to participants of Dimensional Optical Metrology and Inspection for Practical Applications conference at SPIE DCS. Papers will be selected for the best paper awards among the papers accepted, presented, and published in this conference. A panel of experts will evaluate all the papers for technical quality and merit. The criteria for evaluation will include: 1) innovation; 2) clarity and quality of the manuscript submitted for publication and presented at the conference; and 3) the significance and impact of the work reported.

In order to be considered for a best paper award, authors must make their oral presentation as scheduled and submit their manuscript by the advertised due date. All decisions regarding selection of the best papers will be made by an evaluation committee. The best student paper award is open to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. The student must mark themselves as student during submission of the abstract, and be marked as the speaker.

Award sponsored by:

Orbbec 3D Technology International, Inc.



DCS114 Multimodal Image Exploitation and Learning 2023

Best Paper Award


The award will be given to a paper for its originality and contributions to the multimodal image exploitation and learning field. The criteria for evaluation will include:

  1. innovation
  2. clarity and quality of the manuscript submitted for publication
  3. significance and impact of the work reported.

To be considered, authors must:

  1. add "nominate for best paper award" as one of their topics by selecting “other” under topics and typing in “nominate for best paper award”
  2. present their oral presentation as scheduled
  3. submit their manuscript by the advertised due date.

To select the winners of the best paper award, the evaluation committee will go through a rigorous two-stage selection process:

  1. the submissions with the highest review scores by three committee members will be selected. Committee members will also read the corresponding paper reviews and rebuttal. Based on this investigation, the committee will select eight papers that stand out according to the review criteria.
  2. the selected papers will be presented in a special session, and one of the eight papers will be selected to receive the best paper award. A panel of experts will evaluate all the papers for technical quality and merit.

Conference chairs will not participate in the evaluation process of the papers. The evaluation committee will make all decisions regarding the selection of the best paper.



DCS118 Synthetic Data for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Tools, Techniques, and Applications

Best Oral Presentation Award
Best Poster Award


We are pleased to announce two awards for this new conference:

  1. best oral presentation award: presentations will be evaluated in terms of scientific content, audience accessibility, and quality of visual aids
  2. best poster award: posters will be evaluated in terms of scientific content, audience accessibility, and quality of visual aids.

Award winners will receive an awards certificate and a one-year SPIE membership.

All accepted presentations in this conference are automatically eligible.


DCS203 Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XXXIV

Infrared Imaging Systems Best Presentation Award
Infrared Imaging Systems Hot Topic Award
Infrared Imaging Systems Innovation Award

Each year, this conference grants three awards: 1) Best presentation is selected by the conference committee; 2) Hot topic is selected by the community. This is the most downloaded paper in the three months after the proceedings publication, representing the "hottest" topic of the year; and 3) Santa Barbara Infrared (SBIR), Santa Barbara CA, is offering a $250.00 honorarium for an innovation award, granted for the most innovative test technique. All awardees will receive recognition on their published paper in the conference proceedings.

Innovation Award sponsored by:

Santa Barbara Infrared (SBIR)


DCS205 Radar Sensor Technology XXVII

Top young professional paper and presentation awards

This conference encourages submissions of relevant research to dedicated sessions of young professional researchers, which includes undergraduate students, graduate students, and early-career researchers. Early-career is defined as individuals with five years or less of experience within the workforce after graduation. Top young professional paper and presentation awards will be given to the first author/presenter of the top three best young professional research paper and presentation combination.

To enter:

    Select the topic "Young Professional Research" during submission of your abstract.

Winners will receive conference recognition in the form of an award certificate, announcement on the SPIE website, and conference recognition with a photo opportunity with the chairs the following year.


DCS206 Thermosense: Thermal Infrared Applications XLV

Thermosense Best Student Paper Award

The conference chairs and program committee would like to recognize outstanding young researchers with a best student paper award. The award is open to any first-author student presenting an oral presentation at SPIE Thermosense. A certificate and $500 monetary award will be granted to the student winner.

To be eligible for the best student paper award, you must:

  • be a student without a doctoral degree (undergraduate, graduate, or PhD student)
  • submit your abstract online, and select “Yes” when asked if you are a full-time student, and select yourself as the speaker
  • be the presenting author on an accepted paper within this conference
  • have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • submit your manuscript online by 12 April 2023
  • present your paper as scheduled.

Award sponsored by:

Infrared Cameras, Inc.


DCS209 Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Multi-Domain Operations Applications V

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Best Paper Award
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Best Student Paper Award

All accepted and presented full papers in the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Multi-Domain Operations Applications conference will compete for: 1) Best Paper Award, and 2) Best Student Paper Award. Papers will be evaluated on originality, technical merit, and significance to MDO applications. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the symposium. Program committee and chair papers are excluded from these best paper awards.

Award sponsored by:

BAE


DCS210 Autonomous Air and Ground Sensing Systems for Agricultural Optimization and Phenotyping VIII

Autonomous Air and Ground Sensing Best Paper Award

The chairs and committee are excited to be able to recognize pioneers in the field with a best paper award sponsored by Syngenta. One winner will be selected for the Best Paper Award and a runner-up will also be recognized. This award is open to student and postdoctoral presenters who are lead authors in this conference.

Award sponsored by:

Syngenta


DCS213 Disruptive Technologies in Information Sciences VI

Student sponsorships available

Student sponsorship may be provided to undergraduate students who submit abstracts based upon their own independent research or ideas and who have their ideas accepted by the program committee. Students should indicate in their abstract submission that they are an undergraduate seeking sponsorship by selecting "undergraduate" in the topics section.


DCS217 Sensors and Systems for Space Applications XVI

Sensors and Systems for Space Applications Best Paper Award
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications Best Student Paper Award

We are pleased to announce best paper awards in sensors and systems. An award will be given to the best paper and best student paper in the Sensors and Systems for Space Applications conference. Qualifying papers will be evaluated by the awards committee. Manuscripts will be judged based on scientific merit, impact, and clarity. The winners will be announced during the conference and the presenting authors will be awarded.

To be eligible for the best paper award, you must:

  • be listed as an author on an accepted paper within this conference
  • have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • submit your manuscript online by 12 April 2023
  • present your paper as scheduled.

To be eligible for the best student paper award, you must:

  • be a student without a doctoral degree (undergraduate, graduate, or PhD student)
  • submit your abstract online, and select "Yes" when asked if you are a full-time student, and select yourself as the speaker
  • be the presenting author on an accepted paper within this conference
  • have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • submit your manuscript online by 12 April 2023
  • present your paper as scheduled.

DCS218 Signal Processing, Sensor/Information Fusion, and Target Recognition XXXII

Best Student Paper Award

We are happy to announce a best student paper award, to be judged at the conference (papers must acknowledge first student author when submitting). The best student paper award for the SPIE Signal Processing, Sensor/Information Fusion, and Target Recognition conference is picked by a committee delegated by the program chairs of the conference. It recognizes the very best work appearing at the conference where the first author is a student.




Announcement of winners


Conference awards will continue this year for the 2023 event. Winners will be honored at the upcoming symposium.

To be considered, the author must:

  • Submit a paper or poster at SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing symposium
  • Identify themselves as a student during abstract submission, if the award is a student award
  • Be the lead manuscript author and submit it to SPIE, according to author deadlines
  • Attend the conference and present the paper or poster

Person at computer submitting a paper or poster at SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Symposium