The department's Vice Chair, Sheila McIlraith, received a Ten-Year Award from the Semantic Web Science Association (SWSA) on a paper she co-authored, titled "DAML-S: Semantic Markup ForWeb Services". The paper is credited with defining "a de facto standard for the description of services on the Semantic Web and [influencing] a large number of projects including both research and later standards efforts."
The SWSA is an international organization that promotes scholarly work on the semantic web and runs a conference at which the award-winning paper appeared in 2001. These "test of time" awards are especially noteworthy as they indicate not just a significant paper, but a paper that continues to be judged significant ten years later. More details on the Ten-Year Award can be found on the Semantic Web Science Association site
In addition to this exciting news, Sheila and her co-authors used their prize to establish a Semantic Web Services Research Challenge
to encourage new and innovative research in the are of Semantic Web Services.