Nominations invited for 2014 BCS Lovelace Medal and Roger Needham Award

2 September 2013

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is inviting nominations for its annual academic awards; the Lovelace Medal and the Roger Needham* Award (sponsored by Microsoft Research). The closing date for nominations for both awards is Wednesday 11 December 2013.

The Roger Needham Award, sponsored by Microsoft Research, is presented for a distinguished research contribution in computer science by a UK based researcher within ten years of their PhD. The selected nominee will be invited to give the annual Roger Needham lecture and receives £5000 in prize money. Previous winners of the Needham Award include Dr Boris Motik, Dr Dino Distefano, Prof Maja Pantic, Dr Joel Ouaknine, Dr Byron Cook, Professor Wenfei Fan, and Professor Mark Handley.

Andrew Blake, Laboratory Director of Microsoft Research says: “We are pleased to announce that we will continue to sponsor the Roger Needham Award for the next three years. Roger made a major contribution to computing and it is vital that we continue to support talented young researchers in order to ensure that the UK remains a leader in the field.”

The BCS Lovelace Medal**, established in 1998, is presented to individuals who have made a contribution which is of major significance in the advancement of computing. This year the panel will be seeking nominations relating to products and practices; i.e. contributions that have (directly) led to innovative products and widely deployed applications. The winner of the medal is invited to give the annual Lovelace lecture.

Professor Samson Abramsky, Grady Booch, Dr Hermann Hauser, Professor Karen Spärck Jones, and Sir Tim Berners-Lee are among the previous winners of the Lovelace Medal.

Bill Mitchell, Director of BCS Academy of Computing, part of the Institute says: “These two prestigious awards are highly regarded by academia and IT professionals alike. Over the years we’ve been able to recognise many high profile individuals whose work makes an outstanding contribution to computing research and the IT industry.”

Nominations are considered by BCS Academy Awards Committee which makes the final selection.

Full details of the nomination criteria and process can be found at:

*The Roger Needham Award was established in memory of Roger Needham, 1935-2003, Professor of Computer Systems, Head of the Computer Laboratory and Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Cambridge. In 1997 he became first director of Microsoft Research in Cambridge. His work in computer science was wide ranging: in the 1950s he worked on information retrieval and cluster analysis; in the 1960s on design automation and operating systems (during which time he invented the practice of storing passwords under one way functions); in the 1970s on protection, local area networks and distributed computing; and thereafter on authentication protocols and logics for analysing them.

**The BCS Lovelace Medal celebrates Ada Lovelace, a mathematician and scientist who worked with, and was an inspiration to, the computer pioneer Charles Babbage.

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