31 July 2012
Professor wins Google Research Award
Winning a Google Research Award is another feather in the cap for leading information retrieval researcher Professor Mark Sanderson.
Professor Mark Sanderson.
But he sees the award as further proof of RMIT University’s growing global reputation in the field.
“We’ve been ranked first in Asia and Oceania, and 12th globally, over the past five years for information retrieval research, according to Microsoft Academic Search,” he said.
“But this award from Google is one of only five that they’ve given worldwide for information retrieval – it’s a great honour.”
Professor Sanderson received the award with research partner Professor Bruce Croft, a world-renowned expert on search engines.
Professor Croft is a Senior Research Fellow with the School, as well as Director of the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval at the University of Massachusetts.
In this round of the Google Research Awards, which are a bi-annual open call for research proposals in areas of mutual interest, Google is funding 104 awards across 21 focus areas for a total of nearly $6 million.
The subject areas that received the highest level of support this round were systems and infrastructure, human computer interaction, and mobile. Some 28 per cent of funding was awarded to universities outside the US.
The awards are merit-based, with funding decisions made by committees of experts, who assess each proposal by its impact, innovation, relevance to Google, and other factors.
This round, Google received 815 proposals, up 11 per cent from last round, which required 1,946 reviews by 654 reviewers.