[Elsnet-list] Final Call for Nominations - Karen Spärck Jones Award
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Final Call for Nominations
BCS / BCS-IRSG Karen Spärck Jones Award
An Award to Commemorate Karen Spärck Jones
*** Nomination Deadline: 28 September 2012 ***
The BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group (BCS-IRSG) in conjunction
with the BCS has created an award to commemorate the achievements of
Karen Spärck Jones.
Karen was a Professor Emeritus of Computers and Information at the
University of Cambridge and one of the most remarkable women in computer
science. Her contributions to the fields of Information Retrieval (IR)
and Natural Language Processing (NLP), especially with regard 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 information retrieval.
In order to honour Karen’s achievements, the BCS/BCS-IRSG has
established an annual award to encourage and promote talented
researchers who have endeavoured to advance our understanding of
Information Retrieval and Natural Language Processing with significant
To celebrate the commemorative event, the recipient of the award will be
invited to present a keynote lecture at the BCS-IRSG’s annual conference
– the European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR). This forum
provides an excellent venue to present and announce the award as the
conference attracts many new and younger researchers.
The recipient will also be presented with a prize consisting of a
certificate, a trophy and a cash prize of £1000 plus expenses to travel
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 of nominee, position, affiliation, years since completing PhD
- name of person proposing the nominee, position, and affiliation
- 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 individual's top five publications reflecting the
relevant contributions, and role within these
Please note that the nomination text should not exceed 2500 words.
- Additionally, two supporting letters (i.e. reference letters) from
people who would like to encourage/support the nomination must be
sought, along with their contact details.
Nominations should be emailed to the contact below, for forwarding to
the Nominations Panel, and seek confirmation of receipt. It is possible
for individuals to nominate themselves, though this is less encouraged
as in the least, this will mean there is one less person supporting the
nomination case. Nominations will be forwarded to the Nominations Panel
that will receive the applications. Additionally, the Nominations Panel
can also seek applications but will not be part of the Award Panel.
Award Panel: The Award Panel Chair, appointed by the BCS-IRSG Committee,
will invite panel members from amongst representatives of the BCS main
council, the BCS-IRSG Committee, sponsoring organisation(s), as well as
at least two experts appointed by the BCS-IRSG committee and the Awards
Coordinator of the BCS-IRSG.
Timeline for 2012
* 28 September, 2012 - Deadline for nominations.
* 11 October, 2012 - Deadline for support letters.
* 31 January, 2013 - Notification of the prize winner.
* 24-27 March, 2013 - Winner presents keynote at ECIR.
Sponsors: Currently, the award is being sponsored by the BCS-IRSG and
Microsoft Research Cambridge.
Contact: Ayse Göker, ayse.goker.1<at>soi.city.ac.uk
Further details: http://irsg.bcs.org/ksjaward.php
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