Croft Receives Tony Kent Strix Award

Distinguished Professor W. Bruce Croft of the School of Computer Science is the 2013 winner of the Tony Kent Strix Award, which was presented Oct. 16 at the Internet Librarian International in London.

Presented by U.K. eInformation Group (UKeiG) in memory of Tony Kent, a past fellow of the Institute of Information Scientists, the lifetime achievement award recognizes an outstanding contribution to the field of information retrieval.

According to UKeiG, “Bruce Croft has made major contributions to most areas of information retrieval, including pioneering work in clustering, passage retrieval, sentence retrieval, and distributed search. ... As a consequence of his work, Croft is one of the most cited researchers in information retrieval.”

Croft formed the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval in 1991. 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. Croft was a member of the National Research Council Computer Science and Telecommunications Board from 2000-03, and editor-in-chief of ACM Transactions on Information Systems from1995 to 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.

The Tony Kent Strix Award is presented by UKeiG in partnership with the Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the International Society for Knowledge Organisation UK Chapter and the British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group.