The Sullivan Doctoral Thesis Prize

The British Machine Vision Association has established a prize fund to commemorate the contribution made by the late Professor Geoff Sullivan to the advancement of the field of Computer Vision in the United Kingdom. The prize is considered for award, on an annual basis, to the best doctoral thesis submitted to a UK University, in the field of computer or natural vision.

Recommendations for the prize are considered by a Selection Panel appointed annually by the BMVA Executive Committee.

The decision of the Selection Panel is announced at the annual British Machine Vision Conference, at which the presentation will be made.

2018 Prize Nominations

The BMVA Executive Committee seeks nominations for the Sullivan Prize for theses examined during the calendar year 2017. Internal examiners and supervisors may act as nominators, but the committee would like to receive an accompanying report and endorsement of the nomination from the external examiner of the thesis. The closing date for theses to be considered for the award of the 2018 prize is 31st May 2018.

Previous winners


  1. The prize of £750 is considered for presentation annually for the best doctoral thesis.
  2. Submissions must be in the broad areas of computer vision, including computational studies of natural vision.
  3. The submission period is by calendar year.
  4. Valid submission dates are based on the date of the successful viva voce exam, as evidenced by the signed examiners' reports.
  5. Submissions must be in electronic form. The thesis must first be submitted into the Thesis Archive. Other submission materials should be emailed to Dr Adrian Clark.
  6. Accompanying the thesis should be a supporting statement from the research supervisor and a recommendation from the external examiner, including the examiner's report. These should be in PDF form.
  7. Each submission will be assessed by independent reviewers who will be appointed by the selection panel.