2015 Award Winner

The winner of the 2015 Tony Kent Strix Award is Peter Ingwersen, Professor Emeritus at The Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen.

UKeiG, in association with the Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry;  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 Tony Kent Strix Award is Peter Ingwersen, Professor Emeritus at The Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen, Professor II at Oslo University College, Norway and Docent at Åbo Akademi University, Finland.

Professor Ingwersen’s major and sustained contribution to the theoretical and experimental understanding of information retrieval makes him an excellent candidate for the Award. His work includes the first and most detailed empirical study of people’s interactions with human search intermediaries using a naturalistic approach  - now compulsory reading for both theoreticians and practitioners - which was used to inform the design of automated search intermediairies such as iPhone’s Siri, and his visionary monograph Information Retrieval Interaction (Taylor Graham, 1992) as well as the seminal work on defining and developing the “Principle of Polyrepresentation”, which has been instrumental in theoretically explaining why and how faceted categorisation and presentation, used in most websites today, helps users to perform effective relevance judgements and query formulation. His innovative and highly practical application of bibliometric and informetric approaches to the construction and use of information resources, structures and technologies on the web, which he coined “Webometrics”,  has had a tremendous impact far outreaching the borders of information retrieval research, as has his innovative research on the integration of the information retrieval and human information seeking processes, which he developed both theoretically and empirically with Professor Jarvelin - a previous Award winner.

These contributions highlight over 30 years of research excellence during which his leadership as conference or programme chair of ACM SIGIR, ISSI, ICTIR, CoLIS, IIiX/CHIIR (the last three of which he established at his own initiative, and which have since become premier venues for high‐quality research in Interactive Information Retrieval). Professor Ingwersen not only laid the foundations of Interactive Information Retrieval, but also consistently and with extraordinary vision, initiative and practical curiosity built upon them for the last 30 years resulting in over 200 publications and over 8,400 citations.

Professor Ingwersen excelled at bringing together the much divided system‐based and user-based information retrieval communities, producing research of the highest calibre that has long been compulsory reference in both academic curricula and by system developers. The significant advances emanating from his achievements of over 30 years are well recognised nationally (nominated for the Royal Order of Merit Award of the Danish Monarchy, an equivalent of OBE) and internationally, in both academia and industry.