[Elsnet-list] BCS/ BCS IRSG Karen Sparck Jones Award - nominations, deadline 30 October

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             BCS / BCS IRSG Karen Sparck Jones Award
          An Award to Commemorate Karen Sparck Jones
*** Information Retrieval and Natural Language Processing ****
*** Deadline for nominations 30 October, 2009 ****

The British Computer Society Information Retrieval
Specialist Group (BCS IRSG) in conjunction with the BCS
has created an award to commemorate the achievements of
Karen Sparck Jones.

Karen was an Emeritus Professor of Computing and Information at the
of Cambridge and one of the most remarkable women in computer science. Her
contributions to the fields of Information Retrieval (IR) and Natural
Processing (NLP), especially with regards to experimentation, have been
outstanding and highly influential. Karen's achievements resulted in her
receiving a number of prestigious accolades such as the BCS Lovelace
medal, for
her advancement in Information Systems, and the ACM Salton Award for her
significant, sustained and continuing contributions to research in

In order to honour Karen's achievements, the BCS/BCS-IRSG has
established an
annual award to encourage and promote talented researchers who have
to advance our understanding of Information Retrieval and Natural Language
Processing with significant experimental contributions.

To celebrate the commemorative event, the recipient of the award would be
invited to present a keynote lecture at the BCS-IRSG's annual conference
European Conference in Information Retrieval (ECIR). This forum provides an
excellent venue to present and announce the award as the conference
many new and younger researchers.

The recipient would also be presented with a prize consisting of a
a trophy and a cash prize of 1000 plus expenses to travel to ECIR.

BCS/BCS-IRSG Karen Sparck Jones Award:

Eligibility: Open to all IR/NLP researchers, who have no more than 10 years
post doctoral or equivalent experience.

Criteria: To have endeavoured to advance our understanding of IR and/or NLP
through experimentation.

Nominations: The following should be provided - name, position,
years since completing PhD, a short case for the award (composed of a short
description of why the individual should receive the award), a short
description of what contributions the individual has made, a list of the
individuals top five publications reflecting the relevant contributions,
two referees. The nomination text should not exceed 2500 words.

If you are intending to nominate someone or yourself, it would be
helpful, at
this stage nearing the deadline, if you could let us know in as soon as
possible in advance (contact as per further below
ayse.goker.1 at soi.city.ac.uk).

Award Panel: The Panel Chair, appointed by the BCS IRSG Committee, will
panel members from amongst representatives of the BCS main council, the
Committee, sponsoring organisation(s), as well as at least two experts
appointed by the BCS-IRSG committee and the Awards Coordinator of the

Prize: The recipient of the award would receive a certificate, a trophy,
a cash
prize of 1000 plus expenses to travel to ECIR to present the keynote
Presentation: The recipient of the award is expected to give a keynote
at ECIR when he/she would also be presented with their trophy, and cash

8 April, 2009 - Call for nominations.
30 October, 2009 - Deadline for nominations.
15 December, 2009 - Notification of the prize winner.
28-31 March, 2010- Winner presents keynote at ECIR.

Sponsors: Currently, the award is being sponsored by the BCS IRSG and
Research Cambridge.

Contact: Ayse Goker, ayse.goker.1 at soi.city.ac.uk

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