Dutch Prize for Research in ICT 2014
The Dutch Prize for Research in ICT (which comes with 50K) was awarded to me in 2014 for the multi-faceted, innovative and relevant research in the area of norm compliance, represented in the concept of a Socially-Adaptive Electronic Partner (SAEP), as well as my outreach activities and societal engagement. My acceptance speech was a great occasion to write about why I love computer science and how my values guide my life and work!
The prize is the most prestigious national ICT award for a scientist under 40 years old, who has conducted innovative research or who has realised a scientific breakthrough in ICT. It is meant as an homage to the scientist and to promote the area of ICT. It is awarded by the KHMW (Koninklijke Hollandse Maatschappij der Wetenschappen) via IPN (Informatica Platform Nederland) and NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research).
A wonderful aspect of receiving this prize is that a poster (in Dutch) is made about the recipient’s research, explaining the research in an accessible way.
More information can be found in the following articles (in Dutch):
- “De Nederlandse ICT Prijs voor een derde keer naar een vrouw” (LNVH)
- “Birna van Riemsdijk (TUD) wint ICT-Prijs 2014” (KHMW)
- “Birna van Riemsdijk ontvangt Nederlandse Prijs voor ICT-Onderzoek 2014” (NWO)
- “Birna van Riemsdijk krijgt ICT-Onderzoeksprijs” (AutomatiseringsGids)
IT Spiegelbeeld (Role model) Award 2012
The VHTO Spiegelbeeld Award is a prize for women who are dedicated to informing young girls and women about science, technology and IT. The award is an initiative of VHTO, the Dutch consultancy agency that aims to attract girls and women to an education and career in science and technology.
It was awarded to me in 2012 for my efforts as role model in the “speed date” programme of VHTO, in which female science and technology professionals visit high schools to talk to girls about their work. The aim is to provide a broader image to these girls of what a career in STEM might look like, in order to increase participation of girls and women in STEM.
Best Paper Awards
In 2009 we started a new line of research on empirical software engineering for agent programming. It was received very positively by reviewers, resulting in a Best Paper Award (runner up) at PRIMA’10 and a Best Paper Award at PRIMA’09:
- Koen V. Hindriks, M. Birna van Riemsdijk, Catholijn M. Jonker. An Empirical Study of Patterns in Agent Programs. In Principles of Practice in Multi-Agent Systems (PRIMA’10), volume 7057 of LNAI, pages 196-211. 2011. © Springer-Verlag.
- M. Birna van Riemsdijk, Koen V. Hindriks. An Empirical Study of Agent Programs: A Dynamic Blocks World Case Study in GOAL. In Principles of Practice in Multi-Agent Systems (PRIMA’09), volume 5925 of LNAI, pages 200-215. 2009. © Springer-Verlag.
In the third year of my PhD, my research on declarative goals in agent programming was nominated for a Best Student Paper award at AAMAS, the primary conference in our area. It was a very nice recognition, I’m still grateful to the reviewer who nominated me!
- M. Birna van Riemsdijk, Mehdi Dastani, John-Jules Ch Meyer. Semantics of Declarative Goals in Agent Programming. In Proceedings of the fourth international joint conference on autonomous agents and multiagent systems (AAMAS’05), pages 133-140. 2005. © ACM.