Resnick, colleagues win prestigious ACM software award

Paul ResnickThe Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has announced that Professor Paul Resnick and his collaborators have won the 2010 Software System Award for their GroupLens Collaborative Filtering Recommender Systems, which showed how a distributed set of users could receive personalized recommendations by sharing ratings, leading to both commercial products and extensive research.

The Software System Award is given annually to an institution or individuals recognized for developing software systems that have had a lasting influence, reflected in contributions to concepts and/or commercial acceptance. The award is based on work that Resnick and his group produced in the early to mid-1990s.

The GroupLens systems show how a distributed set of users could receive personalized recommendations by sharing ratings, leading to both commercial products and extensive research. Based on automated collaborative filtering, these recommender systems were introduced, refined, and commercialized by the team at GroupLens. They then brought automation to the process, enabling wide-ranging research and commercial applications. The team founded Net Perceptions, which provided recommender systems to leading retail and information companies around the world.

Recommender systems draw on machine learning, human computer interaction, ecommerce, information retrieval, databases, and other computer science fields.

Past winners of this prestigious award, which has been presented since 1983, include developers at Apache, Java, Mosaic, and Postscript. The first award was made to the developers of generic operating systems that led to the implementation of UNIX.

ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, providing resources that advance computing as a science and a profession.

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