Awards
received by the students advised by Alexander Gelbukh

Membership in SNI - International fellowships and internships - Lázaro Cardenas Gold Medal - Other Important Institutional Awards - National and International Awards - Institutional Awards - International Competitions of Algorithms - Honors Degrees

 

Membership in SNI

 

SNI (National System of Researchers) is a certification authority for Mexican researchers funded and supervised by the CONACYT, the Mexican Ministry of Science and Technology. Membership in SNI comes with a substantial monetary award. Mexican scientists are evaluated every four years and can win one of four excellence levels (if any), from Candidate (lowest) to 3 (highest; a distinction of great importance for a Mexican scientist).

 

International Fellowships and Internships

awarded via an open competition

 
     

Alisa Zhila (Russia) received a Microsoft Research Latin America Fellowship 2012–2013.

According to Microsoft, the fellows "represent the best and the brightest from Latin America." Two Microsoft Research Latin America Fellowships are awarded each year. The selection procedure was as follows: each Latin American university nominated no more than three candidates; of those pre-selected candidates, Microsoft selected two winners. There were about 60 candidates in this year, from about 40 universities from all Latin American countries.

The prize received considerable press coverage, e.g., see an article in Gaceta Politécnica (PDF) and very interesting videos. In Google you can find many press releases about Alisa Zhila.

Alisa Zhila was at the time of awarding a PhD student at CIC-IPN (graduated in 2014); advisor: Alexander Gelbukh.

     
 

Miguel Ángel Sánchez Pérez (Cuba) was invited for a 6-month internship at the Oracle Mexico Development Center, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, 2016. He worked on the Adaptive Bug Search project in the Automatic Storage Management team under the supervision of Erik Peterson and Sameer Joshi. Oracle Mexico Development Center, conducts research and development of Oracle's flagship product, the database, in collaboration with the centers in India and in USA.

Miguel Ángel Sánchez Pérez is a PhD student at CIC-IPN; advisors: Alexander Gelbukh and Grigori Sidorov.

     
 

Francisco Viveros Jiménez received a Microsoft Research Latin America Internship 2014. The internship includes three months of work at Microsoft Research, with salary paid. Seven Microsoft Research Latin America internships are awarded each year. The selection procedure was as follows: each Latin American university nominated no more than three candidates; of those pre-selected candidates, Microsoft selected seven winners. The prize received press coverage, e.g., see cover image and his interview in Gaceta Politécnica (PDF) and cover image in another issue of Gaceta Politécnica (PDF).

During his research project at Microsoft, Francisco Viveros was a PhD student of CIC-IPN (graduated in 2014); advisors: Alexander Gelbukh and Grigori Sidorov.

     
 

Sergio Gonzalo Jiménez Vargas (Colombia) received a Microsoft Research Latin America Internship 2012. The internship includes three months of work at Microsoft Research, with salary paid. Seven Microsoft Research Latin America internships are awarded each year. The selection procedure was as follows: each Latin American university nominated no more than three candidates; of those pre-selected candidates, Microsoft selected seven winners. There were about 60 candidates in this year, from about 40 universities from all Latin American countries.

Sergio Gonzalo Jiménez Vargas is a PhD student at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia; advisor: Alexander Gelbukh.

     
 

Alisa Zhila (Russia) received a Microsoft Research Latin America Internship 2012, which was offered to her as a Microsoft Research Fellow. The internship included three months of work at Microsoft Research in Redmont, with salary paid.

Alisa Zhila was at the time of internship a PhD student at CIC-IPN (graduated in 2014); advisor: Alexander Gelbukh.

     
 

Alisa Zhila (Russia) was awarded a 3 month internship at the Oracle Mexico Development Center, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, 2014. She worked on a research project in the Oracle Semantic Technologies group under the supervision of Dr. Michel Riviere. Oracle Mexico Development Center, conducts research and development of Oracle's flagship product, the database, in collaboration with the centers in India and in USA.

Alisa Zhila was at the time of internship a PhD student at CIC-IPN (graduated in 2014); advisor: Alexander Gelbukh.

     
 

Alisa Zhila (Russia) with Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO. Alisa was awarded a 12-week internship at Yahoo! Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, USA, in the Platform Cloud Services team, in Summer 2014. Her project involves research on automatic failure detection at early stages using analysis of social network comments. The work on the project involves application of knowledge in machine learning and natural language processing. She works with a text corpus, applying various machine learning methods and investigating their application to automatic failure detection at early stages. Another photo: Alisa at the Headquarter facilities of Yahoo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Alisa Zhila was at the time of internship a PhD student at CIC-IPN (graduated in 2014); advisor: Alexander Gelbukh.

     
 

Partha Pakray (India) received a Xerox Research Internship 2012.

Xerox Research Internship includes six months of work at Xerox, with salary paid.

Partha Pakray was at the time of internship a PhD student at Jadavpur University, India, and was graduated in 2013; advisors Sivaji Bandyopadhyay and Alexander Gelbukh.

 
 

Lázaro Cardenas Gold Medal

Handed personally by the President of the United States of Mexico

        
 

Yulia Ledeneva (Russia) receiving her Lázaro Cárdenas Gold Medal from the hands of Felipe Calderón, the then President of the United States of Mexico, accompanied by Enrique Villa Rivera, Director General (President) of the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico. Presidential Palace, Constitution Square, 2009.

Yulia Ledeneva received her PhD degree from CIC-IPN in 2008; advisor: Alexander Gelbukh.

The Gold Medal. Here, here, and here are some press-releases about the event.

     
 

Francisco Hiram Calvo Castro addressing Vicente Fox, the then President of the United States of Mexico, accompanied by Reyes Tamez Guerra, Secretary of Education of Mexico, and  Enrique Villa Rivera, Director General (President) of the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico, at the ceremony of presenting him the Lázaro Cárdenas Gold Medal. IPN, 2006.

Hiram Calvo received his PhD degree from CIC-IPN in 2006; advisor: Alexander Gelbukh.

Another photo from the ceremony, photo with the medal.

     
 

Yoel Ledo Mezquita (Cuba) receiving his Lázaro Cárdenas Gold Medal from the hands of Vicente Fox, the then President of the United States of Mexico, accompanied by Reyes Tamez Guerra, Secretary of Education of Mexico, and  Miguel Angel Correa Jasso, Director General (President) of the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico. Presidential Residence Los Pinos, 2003.

Yoel Ledo Mezquita received his PhD degree from CIC-IPN in 2006; advisors: Grigori Sidorov and Alexander Gelbukh.

Another photo, diploma, the medal.

 

Important Institutional Awards

handed personally by the Director General (President) of the IPN.

IPN has more than 300,000 students.
        
 

Miguel Ángel Sánchez Pérez received the Award for the Best Academic Performance in 2013–2014 from IPN (National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico). This award is presented yearly by the Director General (President) of the IPN. IPN has an enrollment of more than 300,000 students.

Miguel Sánchez was at the time of awarding an MSc student (currently graduated) of CIC-IPN in 2013; advisors: Alexander Gelbukh and Grigori Sidorov.

        
 

Francisco Viveros Jiménez received an Award for Best Academic Performance in 2011–2012 from IPN (National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico). This award is presented  yearly by the Director General (President) of the IPN. IPN has an enrollment of more than 300,000 students.

Francisco Viveros was at the time a PhD student (currently graduated) of CIC-IPN; advisors: Alexander Gelbukh and Grigori Sidorov.

     
 

Francisco Hiram Calvo Castro received an Award for Post-Graduate Thesis in 2006. This award is presented by the Director General (President) of the IPN (National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico) and is presented yearly to the best theses defended at the Institute. The award is accompanied by monetary prize approximately equivalent to US $3,600 (as of 2006).

Hiram Calvo received his PhD degree from CIC-IPN in 2006; advisor: Alexander Gelbukh.

     
 

Francisco Hiram Calvo Castro received an Award for Best Average Marks of the school (CIC, Center for Computing Research) in 2005–2006. This award is presented  yearly by the Director General (President) of the IPN (National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico).

Hiram Calvo received his PhD degree from CIC-IPN in 2006; advisor: Alexander Gelbukh.

 

National and International Awards

        
 

Francisco Viveros Jiménez received the award for the best PhD thesis in Artificial Intelligence, first place, at the 2014 national competition of PhD theses in Artificial Intelligence organized by the Mexican Society of Artificial Intelligence (SMIA), for the thesis: Word sense disambiguation through associative dictionaries.

Francisco Viveros received his PhD degree with honors from CIC-IPN in 2014; advisors: Alexander Gelbukh and Grigori Sidorov.

        
 

Miguel Ángel Sánchez Pérez received the award for the best MSc thesis in Artificial Intelligence, second place, at the 2014 national competition of MSc theses in Artificial Intelligence organized by the Mexican Society of Artificial Intelligence (SMIA), for the thesis: Detección automática de plagio a través de formación de pasajes.

Miguel Sánchez received his MSc degree with honors from CIC-IPN in 2013; advisors: Alexander Gelbukh and Grigori Sidorov.

        
 

Alisa Zhila was named a distinguished member of the the Mexican Society of Artificial Intelligence (SMIA) as "the first Mexican student internationally recognized as Microsoft Research Latin America Fellow, for glorifying Mexico and the SMIA by achieving international recognition to artificial intelligence research in Mexico."

Alisa Zhila was at the time of awarding a PhD student at CIC-IPN (graduated in 2014); advisor: Alexander Gelbukh.

        
 

Alfredo López Monroy received the award for the best PhD thesis in Artificial Intelligence, second place, at the 2013 national competition of PhD theses in Artificial Intelligence organized by the Mexican Society of Artificial Intelligence (SMIA), for the thesis: Recuperación de información para respuesta a preguntas en documentos legales.

Alfredo López received his PhD degree with honors from CIC-IPN in 2013; advisors: Alexander Gelbukh and Hiram Calvo.

     
 

Sabino Miranda Jiménez received the award for the best PhD thesis in Artificial Intelligence, third place, at the 2013 national competition of PhD theses in Artificial Intelligence organized by the Mexican Society of Artificial Intelligence (SMIA), for the thesis: Modelo para la generación automática de resúmenes abstractivos basado en grafos conceptuales.

Sabino Miranda received his PhD degree with honors from CIC-IPN in 2013; advisors: Alexander Gelbukh and Grigori Sidorov.

     
 

Rodrigo Gabino Ramírez Moreno received the award for the best MSc thesis in Artificial Intelligence, third place, at the 2012 national competition of MSc theses in Artificial Intelligence organized by the Mexican Society of Artificial Intelligence (SMIA), for the thesis: Genración de musica con gramaticas formales.

Gabino Ramírez received his MSc degree with honors from CIC-IPN in 2011; advisor: Alexander Gelbukh.

     
 

Sergio Gonzalo Jiménez Vargas (Colombia), together with Alexander Gelbukh, received the best paper award (first place) at the 2011 Mexican International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, MICAI 2011, for the paper: SC spectra: A new soft cardinality approximation for text comparison.

Sergio Gonzalo Jiménez Vargas is a PhD student at the National University, Colombia; advisor: Alexander Gelbukh. MICAI 2011 conference received 348 submissions from 40 countries.

     
 

Olga Kolesnikova (Russia) received the award for the best PhD thesis in Artificial Intelligence, first place, at the 2011 national competition of PhD theses in Artificial Intelligence organized by the Mexican Society of Artificial Intelligence (SMIA), for the thesis: Automatic extraction of lexical functions.

Olga Kolesnikova received her PhD degree from CIC-IPN in 2011; advisor: Alexander Gelbukh.

     
 

Olga Kolesnikova (Russia), together with Alexander Gelbukh, received the best paper award (first place) at the 2010 Mexican International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, MICAI 2010, for the paper: Supervised Machine Learning for Predicting the Meaning of Verb-Noun Combinations in Spanish.

Olga Kolesnikova was at that time a PhD student at, and now holds a PhD degree from, CIC-IPN; advisor: Alexander Gelbukh. MICAI 2010 conference received over 300 submissions from 34 countries.

     
 

Grettel Barcelo Alonso (Cuba) received the award for the best PhD thesis in Artificial Intelligence, second place, at the 2010 national competition of PhD theses in Artificial Intelligence organized by the Mexican Society of Artificial Intelligence (SMIA), for the thesis: Desambiguación de los sentidos de las palabras en español usando textos paralelos.

Grettel Barcelo Alonso received her PhD degree with honors from CIC-IPN in 2010; advisors: Alexander Gelbukh and Grigori Sidorov.

     
 

Miguel Angel Ríos Gaona received the award for the best MSc thesis in Artificial Intelligence, second place, at the 2010 national competition of MSc theses in Artificial Intelligence organized by the Mexican Society of Artificial Intelligence (SMIA), for the thesis: Word Sense Disambiguation and recognizing Textual Entailment with Statistical Methods.

Miguel Angel Ríos Gaona received his MSc degree with honors from CIC-IPN in 2010; advisors: Alexander Gelbukh and Sivaji Bandyopadhyay.

     
 

Yulia Ledeneva (Russia) received the award for the best PhD thesis in Artificial Intelligence, third place, at the 2009 national competition of PhD theses in Artificial Intelligence organized by the Mexican Society of Artificial Intelligence (SMIA), for the thesis: Automatic language-independent detection of multiword descriptions for text summarization.

Yulia Ledeneva received her PhD degree with honors from CIC-IPN in 2008; advisor: Alexander Gelbukh.

     
 

Yulia Ledeneva (Russia) received the Best Paper Award, Second place, at the Mexican International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, MICAI 2008. The conference received about 400 submissions from 43 countries.

Yulia Ledeneva received her PhD degree from CIC-IPN in 2008; advisor: Alexander Gelbukh.

     
 

Steve Legrand (Finland / Australia) received the Best Poster Award, Second place, at the Mexican International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, MICAI 2007. The conference received about 485 submissions from 43 countries.

Steve Legrand received his PhD degree from University of Jyväskylä, Finlandia, in 2007; advisors: Pasi Tyrväinen and Alexander Gelbukh.

     
 

Francisco Hiram Calvo Castro, together with Alexander Gelbukh and Adam Kilgarriff, received the Best Presentation Award at the 6th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics, CICLing 2005, for presentation of the paper Distributional Thesaurus vs. WordNet: A Comparison of Backoff Techniques for Unsupervised PP Attachment. Elected via ballot among all attendees of the conference, out of 53 oral presentations. The conference received 151 submissions from 26 countries.

Hiram Calvo received his PhD degree from CIC-IPN in 2006; advisor: Alexander Gelbukh..

 

Institutional Awards

        
 

Miguel Angel Sánchez Pérez (Cuba) received a Diploma for Best MSc thesis in Computer Science of the school (CIC, Center for Computing Research) in 2014. The best thesis of the school is selected yearly by the Council of Professors of the school. The MSc program in Computer Science of CIC has enrollment of more than 200 students.

Miguel Angel Sánchez Pérez received MSc degree from CIC-IPN; advisors: Alexander Gelbukh and Grigori Sidorov.

     
 

Miguel Angel Sánchez Pérez (Cuba) received a Diploma for Best Best Academic Performance of the Computer Science Program of the school (CIC, Center for Computing Research) in 2013–2014. The best thesis of the school is selected yearly by the Council of Professors of the school. The MSc program in Computer Science of CIC has enrollment of more than 200 students.

Miguel Angel Sánchez Pérez received MSc degree from CIC-IPN; advisors: Alexander Gelbukh and Grigori Sidorov.

 

Competitions of Algorithms

 

Honors Degrees

 

Mención honorífica by IPN, Mexico.

The only honors degree awarded by this school (equivalent to cum laude or summa cum laude).

PhD:

MSc:

Mención laureada by Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

The highest honors degree awarded by this school (equivalent to summa cum laude) awarded to less than 1% of graduates.

Mención meritoria by Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

The second highest honors degree awarded by this school (equivalent to cum laude), awarded to less than 10% of graduates.

Here is how they achieved it.