Allen Newell, one of the founders of artificial intelligence and the first president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), was a preeminent computer scientist – an A. M. Turing Award laureate who was also honored with the National Medal of Science – with a driving desire to understand the nature of the human mind. He is best known for his landmark cross-disciplinary work in artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and cognitive psychology, but he also made major foundational contributions in other areas of computer science, such as computer architecture and human-computer interaction. In memory of his contributions, the ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award is presented to an individual selected for career contributions that have breadth within computer science, or that bridge computer science and other disciplines. Artificial intelligence will often be the linchpin of such contributions, but it need not be in general, as nominations centered on other areas of computer science are also welcome when they combine significant breadth and bridging with a high level of impact. The award is presented each June at the ACM Awards Banquet and is accompanied by a prize of $10,000 plus travel expenses to the banquet. Financial support for the award is provided by ACM, AAAI, and individual contributors.
Next Deadline: November 30, 2014
Selection Criteria: The ACM – AAAI Allen Newell award recognizes career contributions that have breadth within computer science – that is, contributions across multiple distinct sub-disciplines – or that bridge computer science and other disciplines. Key factors in evaluating nominations thus include both the quality of the contributions and their breadth across computer science – with contributions to artificial intelligence being of particular note – plus the significance of the bridges created to other disciplines.
Submissions: Nominations for the ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award should be submitted using the online nomination form. Submitted materials should explain the contribution in terms understandable to a non-specialist. Each nomination involves several components:
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