Tony Kent Strix Award

Tony Kent Strix Owl

Recognises an outstanding contribution to the field of information retrieval in its widest sense.


In 2016 the UK eInformation Group (UKeiG), in partnership with the International Society for Knowledge Organisation UK (ISKO UK), the Royal Society of Chemistry Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group (RSC CICAG) and the British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group (BCS IRSG) was delighted to announce that the winner of the prestigious Tony Kent Strix Award was Maristella Agosti, Professor in Computer Science, Department of Information Engineering at the University of Padua, Italy. The Award is given in recognition of an outstanding practical innovation or achievement in the field of information retrieval.

Professor Agosti has built a world-wide reputation for her work in many aspects of information retrieval and digital libraries. She was one of the first people to work in information retrieval in Italy where she acted as a catalyst for creating a vibrant and internationally recognised IR research community.

Her 2017 Strix Lecture will be given at The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London during the afternoon of Friday 20th October.

The 2017 Tony Kent Strix Award winner will also be announced during the afternoon.

This is a FREE event, open to everyone, BUT advance bookings ARE required. Please book your place by emailing Gary Horrocks at:

Full programme details:

1.30 Registration

2.00 Douglas Veal - Chairman's welcome

2.10 - A presentation from Alan Gilchrist

Title: 'Reflections: Some thoughts on the past, present and future of Information Retrieval'

(Douglas and Alan are founding members of the Working Group that initiated the Award, first presented in 1998.)

2.45 - Questions & Discussion

3.00 - Tea & coffee

3.45 Maristella Agosti - The Tony Kent Strix Annual Memorial Lecture

Title: Behind the Scenes of Research and Innovation

Abstract: We often excel in producing scientific achievements, but at times turning those achievements into innovation and technology transfer can be a tall order. Furthermore, even though we may document our findings well in scientific publications and reports, we are far less accomplished and proficient in documenting and explaining how the complex process of transforming scientific results into innovation has been performed and proven successful. In general, most of the knowledge of this transfer process remains only with those taking part in it, while certain aspects such as the time and context when the transfer took place may be rich in lessons to be learnt and provide opportunities for future teaching in diverse fields. This talk addresses the complex process of transforming research outcomes into innovation using some relevant examples in the fields of information retrieval and digital libraries.

4.30 Questions & discussion

5.00 Meeting closes

The Annual Lecture series is sponsored by Google.

Further details of Professor Agosti's career can be found on the 2016 Awards Page.



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