S. Barry Cooper Prize

The Prize

S. Barry Cooper (1943–2015) was the founding President of the Association Computability in Europe; his vision on the fundamental concept of computability brought together several different research communities. In memory of Barry’s visionary engagement, the Association Computability in Europe establishes the S. Barry Cooper Prize.

The S. Barry Cooper Prize is awarded to a researcher who has contributed to a broad understanding and foundational study of computability by outstanding results, by seminal and lasting theory building, by exceptional service to the research communities involved, or by a combination of these. This award is presented every two to three years, with the presentation taking place at the International Conference Computability in Europe (CiE). The Prize is named in honor of S. Barry Cooper, the founding President of the Association Computability, in recognition of his vision of the fundamental concept of computability that brought together several different research communities. The awardee shall be invited to the next annual CiE conference to give an invited talk and will be presented with an award plaque on this occasion.

Presentation of the Prize

(a) It is the intention to award the prize in intervals of two or three years.
(b) The awardee shall be invited to the next annual CiE conference to give an invited talk. The awardee will be presented with a physical token of the award at this occasion.
(c) An announcement with a laudatio of the awardee shall be included in the proceedings volume of that conference.
(d) The costs of the physical token will be covered by the Association CiE. The travel and accommodation costs of the awardee to give an invited talk at the CiE conference shall be covered by the organisers of the conference.

The Prize Committee

(a) The S. Barry Cooper Prize is awarded by the Council of the Association CiE based on the advice of the S. Barry Cooper Prize Committee.
(b) The commitee consists of four members appointed by the Council of the Association CiE and the President of the Association CiE ex officio.
(c) Committee members other than the President of the Association CiE serve terms of four years and can be re-appointed once.
(d) The Council shall take care of maintaining both continuity (by reappointing some previous committee members who serve as the memory of the committee) and representation of new ideas (by appointing some new committee members), as well as a broad coverage of expertise across different research areas representative of the scientific community of the Association CiE.
(e) The committee follows the Guidelines on Conflict of Interest of the Association CiE.
(f) The committee shall elect a chair from its members. The President of the Association cannot be the chair of the committee.
(g) The chair of the committee is responsible for publicizing the request for nominations, receiving nominations and distributing them to members of the committee, and overseeing the selection processes. The chair is also the main person responsible for communication with the ACiE Council.

Nomination procedure

(a) Any member of the scientific community can nominate a person and any such member can be nominated for the S. Barry Cooper Prize.
(b) The committee shall issue a Call for Nominations. This call will be publicised through the ACiE communication channels (website, mailing list, and social media) and through other channels.
(c) Nomination letters can have multiple signatories and should provide a motivation for awarding the prize to the nominee, precisely stating their outstanding results, their seminal and lasting theory building, and/or their exceptional service to the research communities involved. Nomination letters may be accompanied by supporting letters and other evidence of worthiness.

The Prize Committee 2019-2023

Anuj Dawar
Peter Van Emde Boas
Yuri Gurevitch
Mariya Soskova