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FYI: Call for Nominations: Karen Spärck Jones Award


Author: Udo Kruschwitz

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

FYI Body: 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 experimental contributions.

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 to ECIR.

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.1soi.city.ac.uk

Further details: http://irsg.bcs.org/ksjaward.php

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