Location: Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA
Papers presented: 52
Posters presented: 77
Doctoral Colloquium Participants: 16
Conference Chair: John Unsworth, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Program Co-Chairs: Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University; Karen E. Fisher, University of Washington
Local Organizing Committee (all from University of Illinois, unless otherwise noted):
The following awards were presented at iConference 2010.
Best Paper Awards
Best Student Paper
von Dran Award
Presented by Elizabeth Liddy (pictured left), Dean, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University
Ray von Dran, dean of the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, 1995-2007, was a dynamic and pow- erful force in both the development of the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University and the formation of the iSchools movement. In his honor, the iSchools have established an award to recognize others who have demonstrated Rays com- mitment to excellence and leadership. This years recipient is Toni Carbo, teaching professor at the College of Information Science and Technology (the iSchool) Center for Graduate Studies, Drexel University. She was professor at the School of Information Sciences (SIS) and Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh from 1986-May 2009, and she served as dean of SIS at Pitt from 1986 to 2002. She has served as executive director of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS), the government agency responsible for advising the President and U.S. Congress on policy and planning in the infor- mation field. Her work in the information field began in 1962 and includes extensive experience with information service producers and users (both libraries and database producers) and in research in the areas of information policy and information ethics and in the use of information.
John Yen, Director of Strategic Research Initiatives, College of
Information Science and Technology, Pennsylvania State University
Founder & CEO of Wolfram ResearchCreator of Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha, and author of “A New Kind of Science”
Following scientific work on complex systems research, in 1986 Wolfram founded the first research center and the first journal in the field, Complex Systems. Then, after a highly successful career in academiafirst at Caltech, then at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and finally as professor of physics, mathematics, and computer science at the University of IllinoisWolfram launched Wolfram Research, Inc., where he began the develop- ment of Mathematica in late 1986.
After more than ten years of highly concentrated work, Wolfram described his achievements in his 1200-page book A New Kind of Science. Building on Mathematica, A New Kind of Science, and the success of Wolfram Research, Wolfram in May 2009 launched Wolfram|Alphaa long-term project to make as much of the worlds knowledge as possible computable, and accessible to everyone.
Professor, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Marti Hearst is a professor in the School of Information at the Uni- versity of California, Berkeley. She received her B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from UC Berkeley and was a member of the research staff at Xerox PARC from 1994 to 1997.
Hearst has received an NSF CAREER award, an IBM Faculty Award, a Google Research Award, an Okawa Foundation Fellowship, two Excellence in Teaching Awards, and has been principle investigator for more than $3M in research grants. During the 2009-2010 academic year Hearst is on leave and working on e-government in the Obama administration, with a focus on search.
An iSchooler Goes to Washington: IT Research Challenges to Better Help Government Help CitizensInformation technology is playing a new central role in the governing of the United States with a focus on promoting open government and citizen participation. In many cases, new technology is being adopted, or existing technology is being used in new ways, and there is a pressing need for research on several fronts. The topics studied at iSchools are central to these questions, ranging from online collaboration to analyzing multimedia to open publishing to online privacy. This talk summarizes some of the questions Hearst has come across that would benefit from iSchool research contributions.