This year’s winner of the GIN-NCG Thesis Prize is Alireza Ajami, as announced by the geo-information trade association Geo-Informatie Nederland (GIN) on Monday night during the annual GIN Gala in Den Bosch.
Sieb Dijkstra, jury chairman, adds: “Since both Bachelor’s as well as Master’s research projects were presented, we decided to do our evaluation based on an extra criterion. Besides content, presentation and its contribution to the geo-information field, we also looked at whether the project contributes to solving a societal problem. That’s why we thought Alireza Ajami’s investigation ‘Analysing the relationship between image-based features and socio-economic variations of slums’ was the best.”
The search for the best thesis was brought into existence to discover new talent and to attract the next generation to the geo-information domain. This prize puts fresh graduates in the spotlight. Geo-related programme coordinators were allowed to submit two theses per programme. Ajami’s thesis came out on top as the best of the five that were nominated. The jury was very impressed with the quality of the nominated thesis projects.
Geo-Informatie Nederland (GIN) is an interactive meeting place and serves as an accessible knowledge network for everyone who is professionally concerned with geo-information. GIN organises activities and stimulates and facilitates its members to share and transfer knowledge for the benefit of all the members as well as elevating the position of the subject of geo-information within society.