The Franklin Institute Bower Award & Prize 2020 For Achievement In Science ($250,000 USD Prize)

Plazo de solicitud: abril 30th 2019

El Instituto Franklin 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.

Nominations are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following subtopics:

  • Network architectures: layered, recurrent, self-organizing, convolutional, long short-term memory, auto encoders, deep networks
  • Training or learning methods: cooperative, competitive, back propagation of errors, supervised, unsupervised, reinforcement, adaptive resonance, generative adversarial
  • Network implementation: analog, digital, stochastic, energy-efficient, hardware-accelerated
  • Broad applications: speech recognition, language translation, face recognition, scene understanding, photo sorting, reading print or handwriting, medical image diagnosis, autonomous vehicles, drug delivery design, question answering, web searches, game playing

Nominations should clearly indicate the scientific impact—innovative, technical, and/or conceptual—and, when applicable, the societal impact of the nominee’s work.


  • This is an international competition for individuals who have made significant contributions to neural networks for machine learning.
  • Este premio y este premio deben presentarse a un individuo, según lo especificado por la voluntad de 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.
  • Se aceptarán las nominaciones de cualquier individuo u organización, incluidas las autonominaciones.
  • Un correo electrónico con la intención de nominar sería apreciado por April 30, 2019.

Procedimiento de nominación:

An email of intent to nominate received by April 30, 2019 would be appreciated.

Las nominaciones deben ser enviadas en inglés y deben incluir:

  • Name and contact information of nominee
  • Nombre e información de contacto del nominador
  • Currículum vitae del candidato y bibliografía de publicaciones significativas y relevantes.
  • Cita propuesta de palabras 50 o menos, destacando los logros para los que se nominó al candidato
  • 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
  • Deadline for completed nominations is May 31, 2019

All nominations and supporting letters should be mailed or emailed to:

Beth Scheraga
Director de los premios del Instituto Franklin
El Instituto Franklin
222 Norte 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA-19103 1194
Estados Unidos de América

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