ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award

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ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award
Awarded for Humanitarian contributions within computer science and informatics
Country New York, (United States)
Presented by Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Reward(s) US $5,000
First awarded 1999
Last awarded 2016

The ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award is awarded every two or three years by the Association for Computing Machinery to an individual or a group of individuals who have made a significant contribution to the use of information technology for humanitarian purposes in a wide range of social domains.[1][2] It is named after the computer scientist Eugene Lawler.[3] The award includes a financial reward of US $ 5,000.[4]


Year Recipients Citation
1999 United States Antonia Stone For her role as founder of Playing to Win and CTCNet
2001 United States John Blitch For his leadership in the prior development and rapid deployment of the urban search and rescue robots used after the September 11 attacks
2003 United States Patrick Ball for his leadership in the creation of open source software
2005 United States Ernest Siva,
United States Solomon Mbuguah,
Switzerland Albrecht Ehrensperger
For their contributions to the Nakuru Local Urban Observatory project in Kenya
2007 United States Randy Wang For founding and leading the Digital Study Hall Project
2009 United States Gregory Abowd[5] For his work on how advanced information technologies can be used in homes and schools to support people with autism
2012 Germany Johannes Schöning,[6]
Germany Thomas Bartoschek[7]
For their contributions to GI@School (Geoinformatics at Schools), a program that encourages young people to develop a fascination for computer science and computer science research
2014 United States Robin R. Murphy[8] For her pioneering work in humanitarian disaster response through search and rescue robotics
2016 United Kingdom Ken Banks For developing FrontlineSMS, using mobile technology and text messaging to empower people to share information, organize aid, and reconnect communities during crises.


  1. ^ "ACM Eugene Lawler Award". ACM. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "International Center for Scientific Research on the ACM Eugene Lawler Award". International Center for Scientific Research. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Eugene Lawler Personal Webpage". UC Berkeley. Archived from the original on 21 October 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Award Overview by Big Fat Prize". Big Fat Prize. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Press Georgia Tech, USA". 
  6. ^ "Press UHasselt, Belgium". 
  7. ^ "ACM Award Video". 
  8. ^ "Texas A&M University, USA".