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The Strix Award is presented in memory of Dr Tony Kent, a past Fellow of the Institute of Information Scientists, who died in 1997. Tony Kent made a major contribution to the development of information science and information services both in the UK and internationally, particularly in the field of chemistry. The name 'Strix' was chosen to reflect Tony's interest in ornithology, and as the name of the last and most successful information retrieval packages that he created. The Award is managed by an Executive Committee and UKeiG in partnership with the Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC CICAG); the International Society for Knowledge Organisation UK Chapter (ISKO UK) and the British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group (BCS IRSG).
The Award is given in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the field of information retrieval in its widest sense – thus, for example, including search and data mining – that meets one of the following criteria:
- a major and/or sustained contribution to the theoretical or experimental understanding of the information retrieval process;
- development of, or significant improvement in, mechanisms, a product or service for the retrieval of information, either generally or in a specialised field;
- development of, or significant improvement in, ease of access to an information service;
- development and/or exploitation of new technologies to enhance information retrieval;
- a sustained contribution over a period of years to the field of information retrieval; for example, by running an information service or by contributing at national or international level to organisations active in the field.
Nominations are assessed by a panel of judges and past winners. Key characteristics for which they will look are innovation, initiative, originality and practicality. The Award is open to individuals or groups from anywhere in the world.
The winner of the 2013 UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award is Professor W Bruce Croft
UKeiG, in association with the International Society for Knowledge Organisation UK and the British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group, is delighted to announce that this year’s winner of the UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award is Professor W Bruce Croft, Distinguished University Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. USA.
Bruce Croft formed the Centre for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR) in 1991, since when he and his students have worked with more than 90 industry and government partners on research and technology projects and have produced more than 900 papers. The CIIR has obtained more than US$35 million in research funding. Bruce Croft has made major contributions to most areas of information retrieval, including pioneering work in clustering, passage retrieval, sentence retrieval, and distributed search. One of the most important areas of work for Croft relates to ranking functions and retrieval models, where he has led the development of one of the major approaches to modeling search: language modelling. In later years, Croft also led the way in the development of feature-based ranking functions. Croft and his research group have also developed a series of search engines: Inquery, the Lemur toolkit, Indri, and Galago. These search engines are open source and offer unique capabilities that are not replicated in other research retrieval platforms source – consequently they are downloaded by hundreds of researchers world wide. As a consequence of his work, Croft is one of the most cited researchers in information retrieval.
Professor Croft was also a member of the National Research Council Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, 2000-2003, and Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Information Systems, 1995-2002. He was elected a Fellow of ACM in 1997, and received the Research Award from the American Society for Information Science and Technology in 2000. He has also received the Gerard Salton Award from the ACM Special Interest Group in Information Retrieval (SIGIR).
A presentation took place during Internet Librarian International 2013. David Ball (UKeiG) and Doug Veal (Chair of the Strix Award Panel and representing RCS-CICAG, sponsors of the award) presided over the presentation. They were joined by Diane Heath, the representative of the UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award’s second sponsor, ASLIB: The Association for Information Management. Stephen Robertson received the trophy on behalf of the winner.
Stephen Robertson, who received the award on behalf of Bruce Croft, with the recipient of the Jason Farradane Award and the Awards party. John Tait and Doug Veal stand at the back with Stephen Robertson in front; David Ball, Honorary Secretary of UKeiG, is at extreme right and Diane Heath (Aslib) to the left. Photo: Richard Kaser and ILI.
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2012 Doug Cutting
2011 Alan Smeaton
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2009 Carol Ann Peters
2008 Kalervo Jarvelin
2007 Mats Lindquist
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SponsorsRoyal Society of Chemistry Chemical Information & Computer Applications Group ASLIB
Sage Publishing ISKO (UK) Eugene Garfield
Contributors to the Launch FundFrances H. Barker Derek Barlow John Blackmore Peter Clague Michael Dadd Alan Gilchrist Angela R. Haygarth Jackson John Myers Charles Oppenheim Howard Petrie Alan Robson David Russon Alison Simkins Department of Information Studies, Sheffield University Gerald P. Sweeney Margaret and Doug Veal Peter Vickers Jan Wyllie
US ContributorsDale B. Baker Mel Day W. Val Metanomski Ralph O'Dette Daniel U. Wilde