The Moore Prize for Applications of Interval Analysis

/ Description and Rationale / How to Submit / When to Submit /

Description and Rationale

The idea of arithmetic over sets to encompass finiteness, roundoff error, and uncertainty dates back to the first part of the twentieth century or earlier. By the late 1950's, with exponentially increasing use of digital electronic computers for mathematical computations, interval arithmetic was a concept
whose time had come. With his 1962 dissertation "Interval Arithmetic and Automatic Error Analysis in Digital Computing," encouraged by George Forsythe, Prof. Ramon Moore was one of the first to publicize the underlying principles of interval arithmetic in their modern form. Prof. Moore subsequently dedicated much of his life to furthering the subject. This includes guidance of seven Ph.D. students, interaction with other prominent figures in the area such as Eldon Hansen, Louis Rall, and Bill Walster, and publication of the seminal work "Interval Analysis" (Prentice Hall, 1966) and its update "Methods and Applications of Interval Analysis" (SIAM, 1979). In addition, Prof. Moore published a related book "Computational Functional Analysis" (Horwood, 1985), and organized the conference with proceedings Reliability in Computing (Academic Press, 1988). This latter conference was a major catalyst for renewed interest in the subject. It is safe to say that these accomplishments of Professor Moore have made applied interval analysis what it is today. To continue and further this tradition, we dedicate to Prof. Moore a biennial prize for the best dissertation or paper in applications of interval analysis.

Note:  By "applications" we intend primarily applications in engineering and the sciences that will bring further recognition to the power of interval computations. However, we do not wish to  rule out significant and widely recognized "pure" applications. The editorial board of Reliable Computing  will judge this.

How to Submit

To nominate a paper or dissertation (including your work or any other work you deem appropriate), send either an electronic copy (Postscript, PDF, or portable LaTeX) or a URL (web address) where such an electronic copy can be downloaded to

(If such an electronic copy is not available,  a complete citation to a commonly available public journal may be emailed to If that is a problem, a printed copy may be mailed to:

R. Baker Kearfott
Attention: Moore Prize
Department of Mathematics
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
U.L. Box 4-1010
Lafayette, LA 70504-1010

When to Submit

The first awarding will be at Validated Computing 2002; see

This first time only, dissertations and papers that have appeared during the previous five years (1996 to 2002) may be nominated. Make sure the materials are nominated before February 15, 2002.