IT pioneers receive BCS accolades

4 April 2006

Sir Tim Berners-Lee BCS has awarded its Lovelace Medal for 2006 to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, director of the World Wide Web Consortium, and the Roger Needham Award to Dr Andrew Fitzgibbon for his contributions to computer vision and machine learning.

As part of their prizes, the winners are invited to present the Lovelace and Roger Needham Lectures. Andrew will deliver the Microsoft-sponsored Roger Needham Lecture on 23 October 2006 and Sir Tim will be the speaker at the BCS's Lovelace Lecture in spring 2007.

The Lovelace Medal is awarded to individuals who have made a contribution which is of major significance in the advancement of information systems or which adds significantly to their understanding.

Sir Tim's greatest recognised achievement is his proposed global hypertext project. Now better known as the World Wide Web, it has changed the way billions of people live and work since its global launch in 1991.

The Roger Needham award is made annually for a distinguished research contribution in computer science by a UK based researcher within ten years of their PhD.

Andrew acquired his PhD in 1997 from the University of Edinburgh for his thesis on artificial intellegence. He then worked at the University of Oxford before joining Microsoft Research Cambridge in 2005. He is at the forefront of his field, having made outstanding contributions to computer vision and machine learning, and written a succession of papers exploring both the analysis and synthesis of images and image sequences.

This year's Lovelace Lecture is almost upon us and will be delivered by the 2005 award winner, Professor Nick McKeown, who is now based at Stanford University. He will give the lecture on 21 June at the London Cavendish Conference Centre.

- Roger Needham Award
- Lovelace Award and Lecture
- Interview with Sir Tim Berners-Lee