Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science

Franklin Institute is delighted to offer the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science. This program is intended for individual who have made significant contributions to the development of neural networks for machine learning—hardware or software systems. Applicants from all over the world are eligible.

Scholarship Description
The Franklin Institute seeks nominations for the 2020 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of neural networks for machine learning—hardware or software systems designed as networks of artificial neurons that can be given raw data and trained to automatically discover abstract features that are relevant to detection, classification, or translation, resulting in desired outputs. Inputs could include text (machine translation), audio (speech recognition), or imagery (face recognition, scene understanding, photo sorting, image synthesis). Outputs could include categorical labels, structured outputs, or actuator commands. Such artificial neural networks have yielded effective approaches to solving a wide spectrum of challenging practical problems resistant to solution using earlier algorithmic machine learning techniques.

Award Value
The applicants of the Bower Award have an opportunity to win a cash prize of $250,000 USD

Level and Area of Studies
Non-degree program in Science fields.

Place of Study
The study will be taken in the United States.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • This is an international competition for individuals who have made significant contributions to neural networks for machine learning.
  • This award and prize must be presented to an individual, as specified by the will of Henry Bower.
  • Candidates must be living, and the winner must participate in The Franklin Institute Awards Week programs, to be held in April 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Nominations from any individual or organization will be accepted, including self-nominations.

Applicants’ Nationality
There is no nationality restriction.

Application Instruction
Nominations must be submitted in English and must include:

  • Name and contact information of the nominee
  • Name and contact information of nominator
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae and bibliography of significant and relevant publications
  • Proposed citation of 50 words or fewer, highlighting the achievement(s) for which the candidate is nominated
  • A narrative statement describing the nominee’s qualifications for the award
  • Four confidential letters of support requested by the nominator sent directly to The Franklin Institute Awards Office

Submission Deadline
31 May 2019.

Website and Application Link

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