The 30th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference
23-27 July 2007, Amsterdam

Professor Karen Sparck Jones died

Thu, 5 Apr 2007 9:05, Posted by Jamie Callan

Karen Sparck Jones, who was invited to give a keynote speech at SIGIR 2007, died yesterday morning aged 71.

Karen was a good friend to many within the information retrieval community, and a leader in the best sense of the word. She was known for a commitment to excellence, support of junior researchers, and an influential and productive research career that spanned six decades. She was a Fellow of the British Academy, the AAAI, and the ECAAI and received numerous awards for her research, including in the last year two awards from ACM (Athena Lecturer, ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award) and one from the BCS (Lovelace Medal). She was the second recipient of ACM SIGIR's Gerard Salton Award.

Karen Sparck Jones
Karen Sparck Jones (26 August 1935 - 4 April 2007)

For additional information about Karen's life and distinguished research career, please see her personal web page), and the announcement of her death from Cambridge University).

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