FYI: Call for Nominations - Karen Spärck Jones Award
Call for Nominations
BCS / BCS IRSG Karen Spärck Jones Award
An Award to Commemorate Karen Spärck Jones
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 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
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 in 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
BCS/BCS-IRSG Karen Spärck 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 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 provided,
along with their contact details. Please note that the person preparing
the nomination case should submit these letters along with the
nomination in this year’s process.
Nominations should be emailed to the contact below, and seek
confirmation of receipt. It is advisable that you notify us as soon as
possible of an intention to nominate an individual as this will help with
planning. 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.
Award Panel: The 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.
Prize: The recipient of the award will receive a certificate, a trophy, a
cash prize of £1000 plus expenses to travel to ECIR to present the
Presentation: The recipient of the award is expected to give a keynote
lecture at ECIR when he/she will also be presented with their trophy,
and cash prize.
Timeline (for the 2011 Award to be presented in 2012):
20 April, 2011 - Call for nominations.
20 January, 2012 - Deadline for nominations.
31 January, 2012 - Notification of the prize winner.
1-5 April, 2012 - Winner presents keynote at ECIR.
Sponsors: Currently, the award is being sponsored by the BCS IRSG
and Microsoft Research Cambridge.
Contact: Ayse Göker, email@example.com
Dr. Ayse Goker
Centre for Interactive Systems Research
Department of Information Science
School of Informatics
London EC1V OHB
Tel: +44 (0) 207040 8389