Three Minute Thesis

Date: Tuesday 18 July, 14:30 - 16:00
Location: Sheraton Pasadena, Justine's Ballroom

3MT®, founded by the University of Queensland, is an academic competition that cultivates students’ presentation and research communication skills and challenges them to describe their thesis within three minutes to a non-specialist audience with one static slide.

We cordially invite you to join us as we gather to witness the live presentations of ten exceptional finalists.

But that's not all! As a member of the audience, your voice matters. At the conclusion of the presentations, you will have the opportunity to cast your vote for the "People's Choice Award," selecting your favorite finalist from the impressive lineup.

The competition will be judged by a distinguished panel of experts:

  • Nathan Longbotham, EOI Space
  • Claudia Paris, University of Twente
  • Jasmeet Judge, University of Florida

These esteemed panelists will evaluate the presentations based on the official 3MT competition rules and select the three winners who will be announced during the IGARSS Awards banquet.

We look forward to your presence at this remarkable event. Enjoy the competition and let your voice be heard!


1. Shravan Kaundinya
Topic: “COLDEX Radar: The hunt for old ice”
University of Kansas, USA
2. Divya Kumawat
Topic: “Can Satellite see below Snow Cover?”
University of Minnesota, USA
3. Nima Esmaeilzadeh
Topic: “Leveragig Multi-sensor Remote Sensing and Machine Learning to Enhance Critical Minerals Exploration”
Western Kentucky University, USA
4. Al Adil Al Hinai
Topic: “Ship Clssification in SAR Images”
University of Surrey, UK
5. Sylvia Hochstuhl
Topic: “Discove the Beauty of Muli-frequency Polarimetric Interferometric SAR Data”
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
6. Soyeon Park
Topic: “Oil or Ocean? Decoding Radar Satellite Vision”
Seoul National University, South Korea
7. Rohan Zeng
Topic: “Sectral Unmixing and Mapping of Coral Reef Benthic Cover”
Carnegie Mellon University, USA
8. Antonio Giganti
Topic: “BREATH: resolution matters”
Politecnico di Milano, Italy
9. Ayushi Gupta
Topic: “Selction of Bands for Secondary Metabolites in T.wallichiana using Hyperspectral Data”
Banaras Hindu University, India
10. Ching Jin Kuo
Topic: “Delve Into the Impact of Object’s Location Intelligence on the Species Distribution Modeling Via Deep Learning”
Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan

Call for Submissions

We are delighted to invite research-based master's or doctoral students attending IGARSS 2023 to participate in the Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT™). This prestigious academic competition, founded by the University of Queensland, is designed to enhance students’ research communication and presentation skills by challenging them to describe their thesis topic in just three minutes to a general audience using one static slide.

To participate, simply submit a 3-minute video describing your research and thesis topic to a video platform like YouTube or TikTok. or through a private URL accessible only by the evaluation committee. Your video will be evaluated in the first round based on presentation skills (40%), scientific quality (40%) and originality (20%) of the topic presented.

The top 10 submissions will be invited to the final round, which will take place in person during IGARSS 2023.

Three winners will be selected by the judging panelists based on these competition rules, and awarded cash prizes of $500, $300, and $200, along with “IEEE GRSS Excellence in Technical Communication Student Prize Award” certificates.

We are excited to announce that we will also have an audience voting system in place for the final round of the competition. This means that the audience will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite presentation, and the participant with the most votes will receive the People's Choice Award.

For the initial phase, please submit your videos by April 30, 2023 through this form.

If you have any questions about the competition, feel free to contact us at

Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to showcase your communication skills while sharing your research with a wider audience. We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Timeline of the competition

By April 30, 2023: Submit a 3-minute video for the first stage of the competition.

May 12, 2023: First round outcome: Top 10 submissions are invited to the final round.

July 16 - 21, 2023: 3MT™ competition final round and announcement of the winners at IGARSS banquet. The exact date will be announced soon.