IISE data analytics & Information Systems (dais) Division Best Student Paper Competition

The Data Analytics & Information Systems (DAIS) Division of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) announces the DAIS Track Best Student Paper Award whose objective is to recognize excellence among its student members.

Four finalists for the Best Student Paper Award will be selected to make oral presentations at the 2023 IISE Annual Conference, May 20-23, 2023. All finalists will receive an award certificate. The Best Student Paper Award will be presented at the town hall meeting of the DAIS Track during the conference.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The award nominee must be a student member of IISE and the DAIS division.
  • The student should be the first author of the submitted paper. Moreover, a formal, signed statement by the student's advisor should be submitted along with the paper affirming that majority of the original results presented in the paper are due to the student rather than the advisor or other collaborators involved in the work.
  • The paper topic should fit the DAIS themes. The paper must present original research results and CANNOT be accepted for publication elsewhere at the time of submission.
  • Past winners are not eligible for the competition.
  • The submitted paper MUST follow the paper formatting guidelines and requirements of IISE conference proceedings.
  • Previous finalists who wish to compete again should submit an entirely different paper. However, past winners are not eligible for the competition as the first author.
  • The finalists will be announced before the conference and will present their papers in the session of the DAIS Best Student Paper Competition at the 2023 IISE Annual Conference & Expo
  • Papers considered for this competition MAY NOT be simultaneously submitted to other competitions at the 2023 IISE Annual Conference & Expo

Important Notes

  • Papers submitted for this competition will NOT be published in the IISE conference proceedings.
  • IISE and the DAIS division do NOT own the copyrights of the papers submitted for this competition.

Evaluation Process

Each eligible paper will be reviewed by two-three external referees, each of whom will assign a numerical score using the following five criteria. For each criterion, an integer score between 1 and 5, with 5 being the highest rating, will be assigned.

  • Originality
  • Significance
  • Depth and completeness of the work
  • Organization and quality of writing
  • Relevance to DAIS (importance of the problem and its impact on the practice of DAIS)

Formatting and Submission Guidelines

  • Paper format: follow the paper formatting guidelines and requirements of IISE conference proceedings. The submitted papers must follow the format or will be returned without review.
  • Submission: To enter, please submit one blinded and one unblinded version of the paper and a formal signed statement by the student’s advisor, all in electronic format (PDF files ONLY), with subject “DAIS Best Student Paper Competition” to the 2023 contest coordinator Dr. Yu Jin (yjin@binghamton.edu) and Dr. Ashif Iquebal (aiquebal@asu.edu) and copy daisbsp@gmail.com no later than February 3, 2023 (conference paper submission deadline). Late or incomplete submissions will not be eligible. IISE Conference and DAIS division do NOT own the copyright of the papers submitted to this competition through this option.

If you have any questions, please send an email (with subject “DAIS Best Student Paper Competition 2023”) to the coordinators.


  • Recognition at the Annual Conference:
    • at the DAIS Town Hall Meeting
    • in Honors and Awards program
  • Certificate provided by IISE (either mailed or given at the town hall meeting) for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners.
  • 1st Place winner receives a complimentary ticket to the Honors and Awards banquet.
  • Recognition in ISE magazine
  • Recognition on DAIS webpage and in the newsletter


Paper submission: February 10, 2023

Finalists notification: March 24, 2023

Submissions should be sent to the committee chairs, Yu Jin and Ashif Iquebal.

For more information, please contact Amy Straub.

2022 Winner

1st Place
Lingchao Mao
Georgia Institute of Technology
"Weakly Supervised Transfer Learning with Application in Precision Medicine"

2021 Winner

1st Place
Hui Wu
Tsinghua University, China
"Clustering Spatially Correlated Functional Data with Multiple Scalar Covariates"

Past Winners

DAIS Division Page