Call for Nominations: "AI's 10 to Watch"

IEEE Intelligent Systems IEEE's first AI publication, to honor the rising stars of AI


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About AI's 10 to Watch

To promote the community of AI researchers and their work, IEEE Intelligent Systems celebrates 10 AI scientists via its biennial “AI’s 10 to Watch” special section. Since 2006, we have called for nominations from all subfields of AI so that we may select rising stars and honor them on the pages of the magazine.

“We have been very proud of the work these rising stars have done,” said Longbing Cao, Editor in Chief of IEEE Intelligent Systems. “Each cycle, it’s an honor to be able to consider the applicants and undertake the tough work of selecting the ten who will be featured by the first AI publication in IEEE. This cycle will be highly selective and much more competitive than before, because we have extended the PhD graduation window from 5 to 10 years – so nominees will have had that much more time to make significant contributions and impact AI.”

In 2006, as “we enter(ed) the second 50 years of AI’s history,” the IEEE Intelligent Systems editors noted in the May/June issue that there were many aspects of AI systems that were still unknown – “whether such systems would be based on mathematics or biological models, or learned or engineered.” They created the 10 to Watch as a way to honor the promise and early accomplishments of new AI researchers as they took on these pivotal questions and challenges.

Kicking off 2022’s award cycle, we wanted to bring the 10 to Watch awards to the next level. “IEEE Intelligent Systems wants to recognize and honor the impact our rising stars are having on our field,” Cao said. “We are excited to see the slate of nominees that come in, the kinds of challenges they’ve taken on, and how they’ve helped develop our field. We are excited to share their achievements with our readers and hope that all those who are eligible will be nominated.”

The 2022 Award

IEEE Intelligent Systems has promoted emerging AI leaders through its prestigious “AI’s 10 to Watch” award since 2006. In the 2022 selection, like each biennial competition, aspiring AI stars from all over the world will be put through the highly competitive selection process until the top 10 are chosen. Many of the past awardees have become renowned AI leaders. View the 2018 winners and the 2020 winners.

For the 2022 competition, we are making some significant adjustments to make the award even more competitive and selective, given the rapidly developing and broad-reaching new age of AI. View complete information on eligibility, nominations, and the submission process here.

IEEE Intelligent Systems will assemble a diverse selection committee that consists of prominent AI leaders from a variety of AI subfields and different geographic regions of the world. Note that previous “AI’s 10 to Watch” awardees cannot reapply.

Please help us share this exciting opportunity as widely as possible and encourage nominations so that aspiring next-generation AI scientists and engineers worldwide can be considered for this prestigious award. Download the flyer here.

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Nomination Information


  • Nominees will have received their PhD in 2012 or later (i.e., they are within 10 years of PhD graduation) and have not received this award before.
  • Nominees will have already demonstrated globally recognized and significant scientific or engineering contributions to one or more areas of AI.
  • Nominators must complete the 2022 “AI’s 10 to Watch” nomination form.
    • The process requires a nominator, who will assemble and submit materials for the nomination into CMT.
    • A nominator is any person having worked more than 10 years after obtaining a PhD in AI or in an AI related area.
  • Nominators will include three support letters, including one from an employer/institution and two from renowned AI experts in the area. Nominators may not write the recommendation letters themselves.

Deadline: 1 August 2022

Application Required Materials

Please include a PDF file (the file name should include the nominee’s surname) with the following for each nomination: 

  • Completed nomination form
  • Copy of PhD certificate
  • Three letters of recommendation* – one from employer/institution, and two from renowned AI experts
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) (10 pages max)

*For individual reference-letter writers who are not comfortable sending their letter to the nominator, they may email their letter to the committee at [please be sure to note the nominee’s full name in the email subject line and as part of the file name].

Download FormSubmit Nomination Package as a Single PDF


Previous Awardees

The complete information on previous nominees can be found in the article links below:

View 2020 Awardee Details 
Tathagata Chakraborti, John Dickerson, Fei Fang, Song Han, Kuldeep Meel, Nisarg Shah, William Wang, Martha White, Diyi Yang, Hanwang Zhang

View 2018 Awardee Details
Bo An, Erik Cambria, Yoav Goldberg, Akshat Kumar, Wei Liu, Cynthia Matuszek, Sinno J. Pan, B. Aditya Prakash, Maria Vanina Martinez, and Yang Yu

View 2016 Awardee Details  
Haris Aziz, Elias Bareinboim, Yejin Choi, Daniel Hsu, Shivaram Kalyanakrishnan, Reshef Meir, Suchi Saria, Gerardo I. Simari, Lirong Xia, William Yeoh

View 2013 Awardee Details 
Nora Ayanian, Finale Doshi-Velez, Heng Ji, Brad Knox, Honglak Lee, Nina Narodytska, Ariel Procaccia, Stefanie Tellex, Jun Zhu, and Aviv Zohar

View 2011 Awardee Details
Yiling Chen, Vincent Conitzer, Matthieu d’Aquin, Kristen Grauman, Tom Heath, Jure Leskovec, Daniel B. Neill, Andre Platzer, Talal Rahwan, and Liwei Wang

View 2008 Awardee Details 
Philipp Cimiano, Dmitri Dolgov, Anat Levin, Peter Mika, Brian Milch, Louis-Philippe Morency, Boris Motik, Jennifer Neville, Erik Sudderth, and Luis von Ahn

View 2006 Awardee Details 
Eyal Amir, Regina Barzilay, Jennifer Golbeck, Tom Griffiths, Steve Gustafson, Carsten Lutz, Pragnesh Jay Modi, Marta Sabou, and Richard A. Watson

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