Who receives the award?
The award was established in memory of Professor Roger Needham (1935-2003) and is made annually for a distinguished research contribution in computer science by a UK based researcher who has completed up to 10 years' of post-doctoral research.
Winners of the award are asked to present their work at the annual Roger Needham Lecture, the following year.
How do I nominate for the Needham Award?
Nominations are now closed for the 2019 Roger Needham Award.
Your nominee will need to have completed up to ten years of post-doctoral research. They should also have been a UK resident for the three years prior to their nomination or deemed to have had a substantial connection with the UK during this time.
Please make your nomination in the form of a single Word or PDF file, with the nominee’s name in the file title, and security levels set so that we can copy, print and extract from the document.
Entries need to include the following information:
- full name and contact details for both nominator and nominee
- a description of the distinguished research contribution (up to 500 words), provided by the nominator
- a description of the importance of the research to computer science (up to 200 words), provided by the nominee - in a form accessible to a general computer science audience
- the name and email of three referees who can provide an independent assessment of the research contribution
- the nominee’s CV - up to four pages
The Awards Committee has responsibility to seek the nominations of individuals - or submissions of work - on an annual, scheduled basis, for such awards.
The committee manages the review and selection processes and all the activities associated with the assignment of the awards to the selected recipients. The current members of the Awards Committee are:
- Prof Steve Furber CBE FRS FREng, University of Manchester, Hardware, Lovelace medal winner, Chair of the Awards Committee
- Prof James Davenport, FBCS, Bath University, Computer Algebra, Chair of the BCS Academy of Computing Board
- Julia Adamson, Director of Education, BCS
- Donia Scott, University of Sussex, Computational Linguistics
- Prof Muffy Calder OBE FRS FREng, Glasgow University
- Dr Martin Sadler OBE, HP, Security
- Prof Mike Wooldridge FBCS, Head of Computer Science, University of Oxford, Artificial Intelligence
- Dr Alastair Donaldson, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Computing, Imperial College London
- Katie Atkinson, Chair and Head of Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool
About Roger Needham
Roger Needham pioneered the technique of protecting passwords using a one-way hash function. Among his theoretical contributions is the development of the Burrows-Abadi-Needham (BAN) logic. The Needham-Schroeder security protocol forms the basis of the Kerberos authentication and key-exchange system, and he also co-designed the TEA and XTEA encryption algorithms.
Professor Needham joined Cambridge's Computer Laboratory (then called the Mathematical Laboratory) in 1962, becoming its head in 1980. He was made a professor in 1981 and remained with the laboratory until his retirement in 1995.
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