The Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society named Distinguished Professor Bruce Croft as a recipient of its 2014 Technical Achievement Award for "outstanding contributions to information retrieval and the development of search engines." The award recognizes contributions in the past 10-15 years that significantly promoted technical progress in the field.
Croft is the founder of the UMass Amherst Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval, which combines basic research with technology transfer to a variety of government and industry partners. His research interests are in information retrieval (IR), including retrieval models, representation, web search, query processing and search architectures. He has published more than 250 articles on these and other subjects, was editor in chief of the Association for Computing Machinery Transactions on Information Systems and is the editor for the Springer Information Retrieval Series. Croft was the Chair of Computer Science from 2001 to 2007. Professor Lori Clarke, current Chair of the School of Computer Science, notes that Croft's research has had a tremendous impact on how we access the internet, influencing industry as well as other researchers.
Through the joint Lemur Project with Carnegie Mellon University, Croft's group has provided open-source search engines and research tools to many in the academic and industrial IR communities.
Croft was elected a Fellow of ACM in 1997. He received the Research Award from the American Society for Information Science and Technology in 2000, the Gerard Salton Award from the ACM Special Interest Group in Information Retrieval in 2003, and the Tony Kent Strix Award in 2013, all of which are career achievement awards.
Croft received a B.Sc. (Honors) in 1973 and M.Sc. in 1974 from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Cambridge, England, in 1979. He joined UMass Amherst in 1979.
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