University of Pittsburgh
August 28, 2002

Pitt School of Information Sciences Faculty Members Receive "Teddy" Award

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August 29, 2002

PITTSBURGH—Two faculty members in the University of Pittsburgh's School of Information Sciences (SIS) recently received the 2002 Ted Nelson Newcomer Award from SIGWEB, a special-interest group of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), for their paper titled "Map-Based Horizontal Navigation in Educational Hypertext."

The faculty awardees, both in the Department of Information Science and Telecommunications (DIST), are Peter Brusilovsky, an assistant professor of computer science, and Riccardo Rizzo, a visiting scholar from the Italian National Research Council. They were honored at the 12th annual ACM International Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia held in June at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The Ted Nelson Newcomer Award, also known as the "Teddy," was established in 1999 to honor Theodor H. Nelson, known as the father of hypertext, for his numerous contributions to the field of hypertext and hypermedia. It carries a cash award of $1,000.

Papers rated among the best overall and written by authors who have never published in earlier hypertext proceedings are eligible for the Teddy.

Founded in 1947, ACM has as members more than 75,000 technology professionals and students worldwide. SIGWEB supports the hypertext and hypermedia field, facilitating its application both on the World Wide Web and also in independent, distributed, and stand-alone environments. It provides a forum for the promotion, dissemination, and exchange of ideas concerning research and applications among scientists, systems designers, and end-users.