Announcing the 2010 PhD Challenge Winner

December 15th, 2010

The PhD Challenge organization is proud to announce that the winner of the 2010 PhD Challenge contest is Gabriel Parent from Carnegie Mellon University. This year’s challenge was to get a peer-reviewed, academic paper published that contained the phrase "I Smoke Crack Rocks". Indeed it proved to be a daunting task, as there were only three submissions the entire year. But the reviewing committee’s decision was unanimous: Gabriel’s bold writing style seamlessly weaved the special phrase directly into the text in such a way that one cannot help but to think that the paper would be incomplete if it was removed.

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By Gabriel Parent, Carnegie Mellon University
2010 PhD Challenge Winner
In Proceedings of IEEE Workshop on Spoken Language Technology (December 2010)

Gabriel is a second year master’s student at CMU’s Language Technologies Institute. His research is focused on leveraging crowd sourcing and speech recognition technologies for dialog systems. He has won several awards and honors, including a post-graduate scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. And like all Canadian natives, he enjoys hockey, playing the melodeon, and wearing flannel.

In recognition of his adroitness, Gabriel is receiving as his reward (1) a box of chicken-flavored Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup, (2) a pack of leather elbow patches, and (3) the official 2010 PhD Challenge winning paper certificate. We are having difficulty arranging the last prize (please contact us if you can help us retrieve this item), and may need to substitute it with an item of equal value.

The PhD Challenge organization sincerely thanks all those who participated or supported us this year, and would like to remind everyone that the 2011 Call for Participation will be announced on January 1st, 2011. You can also now follow us on Twitter @phdchallenge to stay abreast of the latest contest developments and updates.