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Milner Award and Lecture

The Royal Society Milner Award

Royal Society Milner Award and Lecture winner 2020

Dr Cordelia Schmid. Credit: Inria / H.RaguetDr Cordelia Schmid. Credit: Inria / H.Raguet

The Royal Society Milner Award and Lecture 2020 is awarded to Dr Cordelia Schmid for her work in computer vision and her fundamental contributions to the representation of images and videos for visual recognition.

Dr Cordelia Schmid will be awarded a medal and a gift of £5,000 at the associated prize lecture in 2020. 

The award

The Royal Society Milner Award, supported by Microsoft Research, is given for outstanding achievement in computer science by a European researcher or researcher who has had European residency for 12 months or more. The recipient is chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Milner Award Committee. The Committee is made up of Fellows of the Royal Society, Members of the Académie des sciences and Members of Leopoldina (Germany). The award replaces the Royal Society and Académie des sciences Microsoft Award and is named in honour of Professor Robin Milner FRS (1934-2010), a pioneer in computer science. The medal is of bronze, is awarded annually and is accompanied by a gift of £5,000. 


The call for nominations opens on 29 November 2019.

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Past winners

Professor Eugene Myers was awarded the 2019 Royal Society Milner Award and Lecture for his development of computational techniques that have brought genome sequencing into everyday use, underpinned key biological sequencing tools, and made large scale analysis of biological images practical.

Professor Marta Kwiatkowska FRS was awarded the 2018 Royal Society Milner Award and Lecture for her contribution to the theoretical and practical development of stochastic and quantitative model checking. 

Professor Andrew Zisserman FRS was awarded the 2017 Royal Society Milner Award and Lecture for his exceptional achievements in computer programming which includes work on computational theory and commercial systems for geometrical images. 

See full list of all past winners of the Royal Society Milner Award.

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