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Finalists announced in the Elsevier Grand Challenge
Date:1/6/2009

Amsterdam, January 6, 2009 Elsevier, a leading global healthcare and scientific publisher, has announced the four finalists chosen in the Elsevier Grand Challenge, a competition inviting researchers to prototype tools dealing with the ever-increasing amount of online life sciences information. (www.elseviergrandchallenge.com). The semifinalist round was held on December 15th at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston and featured each of the nine Grand Challenge teams providing demonstrations to a distinguished panel of judges and fellow contestants. The applications used technologies ranging from semantic search engines, image query to social networking tools, and interactive visualizations.

The four finalists chosen by the panel of judges represent the tools thought to be most innovative and implementable:

  • Sen I. O' Donoghue, Lars Jensen Heiki Horn, Evangelos Pafilis, Michael Kuhn, Nigel P. Brown, and Reinhard Schneider, Germany, for "Reflect: Automated Annotation of Scientific Terms"
  • Vıt Novacek, Tudor Groza, Ioana Hulpus, and Siegfried Handschuh, Ireland, "CORAAL Dive into Publications, Bathe in the Knowledge "
  • Amr Ahmed, Andrew Arnold, Luis Pedro Coelho, Joshua Kangas, Abdul-Saboor Sheik, Eric Xing, William Cohen and Robert F. Murphy, USA, "Structured Literature Image Finder"
  • Stephen Wan, Cecile Paris, Robert Dale, Michael Muthukrishna, Ilya Anisimoff and Julien Blondeau, Australia, "Citation Sensitive In-Browser Summarisation of Cited Documents"

"This was an amazingly complementary collection of proposals on how to optimize the access to the information in the literature," added Judge Alfonso Valencia, Director of the Structural Biology and BioComputing Programme of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre in Madrid. "I was truly impressed by the variety and quality of the proposalsones that can shape the future of scientific
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