Wessel Kraaij of TNO recognized as Distinguished Member of the ACM for outstanding contributions to computing

10 Nov 2017

On November 8, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) named TNO scientist Wessel Kraaij as one of the 2017 Distinguished Members. ACM Distinguished Members have made a significant contribution to the field of computing, computer science or information technology. This year, worldwide 43 scientists received the ACM distinction, Wessel Kraaij being the only scientist from the Netherlands. Kraaij received the award for his contributions to the field of Information Retrieval (IR).

Kraaij’s main technical contributions relate to the application of natural language processing and statistical language modeling techniques for a range of IR tasks such as Cross-Language IR, Topic Detection and Tracking, Biomedical IR, Web Search and Automatic Summarization. Since 2003, he has been scientific co-coordinator of the influential annual TRECVID video retrieval evaluation benchmark conference organized at the National Institute of Standards and technology (NIST). In this role he has contributed to the recent significant improvements in content based video retrieval. He received several awards for best papers and technical achievements and has been active as a technical PC member and organizer of leading IR conferences.

Wessel Kraaij is currently affiliated to TNO (the Netherlands Organization for applied scientific research) in The Hague as a principal scientist and to the Leiden Institute for Advanced Computer Science (Leiden University) as a full professor for Applied Data Analytics. His current research focus is on developing learning algorithms for personalized health recommendations and improved clinical decision support exploiting a combination of observed health data and structured knowledge.


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