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Call for Nominations for the IJCAI-11 Awards

http://www.ijcai.org/awards

Call for Nominations for the IJCAI-11 Awards

Nominations are invited for the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award and theIJCAI Award for Research Excellence which will be presented at IJCAI-11 inBarcelona, Spain in July 2011. See http://www.ijcai.org/awards for detailsabout these awards, including past winners. Nominations for these awardsare invited from everyone in the AI community. A nomination packageconsists of a nomination form from one nominator, and reference forms frombetween two and four references, as follows: Nominees: Nominees for theIJCAI Computers and Thought Award cannot be older than 35 at the start ofthe IJCAI conference (and so must be born on or after July 19, 1975 forIJCAI- 11). There are no restrictions on who can be nominated for theIJCAI Award for Research Excellence. Nominators: Nominators for each awardcan be anyone. Typically, the nominator knows the nominee well, andlocates the other individuals who agree to serve as references, ensuringthat they do their parts on time to produce a convincing nominationpackage. References: References for each award must have been at arm?slength from the nominee for the past 6 years. For the purposes relevanthere, being at ?arm?s length? means being at a different institution fromthe nominee, not having supervised or been supervised by the nominee, andnot having done joint work with the nominee. Ideally, a reference is awell- known member of the AI community who has never had a closeassociation with the nominee, but who can still vouch with authority forhim or her. Nomination and reference forms can be downloaded from theaddresses below, and should be submitted by email to awards11@ijcai.org byOctober 15, 2010. Nominations submitted previously for the ResearchExcellence award in 2007 and 2009 will be automatically considered again,though the nominators are welcome to submit a revised nomination.Nominations previously submitted for the Computers and Thought award willnot automatically be considered again. IJCAI Computers and Thought AwardNomination form: http://www.ijcai.org/awards/IJCAI-11_CT_Nomination.txtReference form: http://www.ijcai.org/awards/IJCAI-11_CT_Reference.txtIJCAI Award for Research Excellence Nomination form:http://www.ijcai.org/awards/IJCAI-11_RE_Nomination.txt Reference form:http://www.ijcai.org/awards/IJCAI-11_RE_Reference.txt Other supportingmaterial (such as CVs, research papers, testimonials, news articles) willnaturally be used in the preparation of the nomination and referenceforms, but they should not be submitted. To avoid duplication of effort,nominators are requested to send the name of the person they areconsidering to nominate by email to awards11@ijcai.org by September 25,2010, so that people proposing to nominate the same individual(s) may beso informed and coordinate their efforts. Suggestion to Nominators andReferences: The nomination and reference forms collect some factual data,but mainly ask for a statement in 2000 words or less of why the nomineedeserves the award. The Awards Committee is looking for evidence that thenominee has generated some of the most important and influential work inthe field. Effective letters will therefore emphasize what the nominee hasdone and why it matters, in a way that is accessible to researchers fromall areas of AI. This is especially critical for the IJCAI Computers andThought Award where the nominee may not yet be known outside of a smallarea.

Important Dates for the IJCAI-11 Awards
September 25, 2010: Names of nominee due [email to awards11@ijcai.org]
October 15, 2010: Nomination and reference forms due [all forms emailed to
awards11@ijcai.org]
July 19, 2011: IJCAI-11 Computers and Thought Award Presentation
July 21, 2011: IJCAI-11 Award for Research Excellence Presentation
Enquiries concerning nominations should be directed to the IJCAI Secretariat ats-t@ijcai.org
or e-s@ijcai.org, or by phone at +49-767-203-8221 or +43-6991-180-8202.