2013 Award Winner

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.