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PREMIA Best Student Paper Awards 2021

Winners of PREMIA Best Student Paper Awards 2021

  • Gold Award
    – Qinbin Li, Practical federated gradient boosting decision trees, AAAI 2020.

  • Silver Awards
    – TANG Kaihua, Long-Tailed Classification by Keeping the Good and Removing the Bad Momentum Causal Effect, NeurIPS 2020.
    – Kaixin WANG, Panet: Few-shot Image Semantic Segmentation with Prototype Alignment, ICCV 2019.

  • Honourable Mention Awards
    – Huiping Zhuang, Block-wise Recursive Moore-Penrose Inverse for Network Learning, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics.
    – Tasbolat Taunyazov, Event-Driven Visual-Tactile Sensing and Learning for Robots, RSS 2020.
    – Shubham Pateria, Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning: A Comprehensive Survey, ACM Computing Survey 2021.

  • Best Presentations ($50)
    – Ruihan Gao, Supervised Autoencoder Joint Learning on Heterogeneous Tactile Sensory Data: Improving Material Classification Performance, IROS 2020.
    – Xu Guo, LOANT: Latent-Optimized Adversarial Neural Transfer for Sarcasm Detection, NAACL-HLT 20212021.



Call for submission/nomination

The Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence Association (PREMIA) invites students to participate in the PREMIA Best Student Paper Awards for papers (including journal papers and conference papers) accepted or published between 1 July 2019 to 29 March 2021.


Submissions can be from a student author and supported by the supervisor or nominated by the student's supervisor directly. The submission deadline is 29 March 2021


The nominated papers will be evaluated by a review panel authorized by the PREMIA board. The shortlisted candidates will be invited to give presentations at the PREMIA’s Members’ Night,  which will be held on 12 April 2021. The awards will be determined after the presentations.


There are three categories of awards:

  • Gold Award: cash prize of S$500

  • Silver Awards: cash prize of S$200

  • Honourable Mention Awards: cash prize of S$100.



1.    The main author of the paper must be a PREMIA member at the time of the event in order to be eligible for this award. The applicant can join PREMIA as a member at the time of the submission to be eligible for this award. For membership registration or renewal, please visit for more details.

2.    The main author must be a registered student (full-time or part-time) at one of the tertiary education institutions in Singapore at the time of submitting the paper for publication.

3.    The paper must report only the work done when the author was a student in Singapore.

4.   The paper must be accepted or published between 1 July 2019 to 29 March 2021, both dates inclusive, in either a journal or a conference.

5.    The paper must address a topic of relevance to PREMIA. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, pattern recognition and machine intelligence, both theoretical and applied in domains such as computer vision, image processing, speech analysis, robotics, multimedia, document analysis, character recognition, knowledge engineering, fractal analysis and intelligent control, and involving methods such as statistical techniques, neural networks, deep learning, evolutionary programming, fuzzy logic, transfer learning and hardware implementation.

6.  The shortlisted candidates are required to attend the online Members’ Night event and present the papers.

7.    For multiple submissions from the same author, only one award will be given if selected.


Submission Instructions

1.   Complete the PREMIA Best Student Paper Award application entry form (now available for download) and attach the following three documents:

a).  A pdf copy of the accepted paper as published or to be published.

b). A pdf copy of the acceptance notification letter/email from the journal editor or the conference organizers.

c).  The supervisor’s supporting or acknowledgement email.

d). Other optional supporting documents can include the reviewer’s comments, the statement from supervisor, etc.

2. Submission will be via email. Please email a single ZIP file containing all the above documents to PREMIA. 

3. For a paper co-authored by several students, only one submission will be considered.

If you have any questions regarding the PREMIA Best Student Paper Award, please contact Dr. Wang Wei at Your submission must be sent to the same email address by 29 March 2021.