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We would like to congratulate our new intake of students on their outstanding exam results. The quality of our intake in recent years has been outstanding and we are delighted to report that this year looks to be one of our best.
Warwick has an excellent reputation for attracting top-quality Computer Science and Mathematics students. Indeed, this is one of the reasons why our students enjoy excellent graduate recruitment prospects.
Although we have reached our intake targets, we are happy to speak to well-qualified students and may decide to make a few additional places available. The Department of Computer Science can be contacted on admissions matters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We offer our warmest congratulations to Professor Martin Hairer, Regius Professor of Mathematics in Warwick’s Mathematics Institute, who has has been awarded the Fields Medal, the world’s most prestigious mathematics award, for his "Outstanding contributions to the theory of stochastic partial differential equations, and in particular for the creation of a theory of regularity structures for such equations."
The Fields Medal is awarded every four years on the occasion of the International Congress of Mathematicians to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement. The Medal is internationally regarded as the world’s most prestigious award in the field of mathematics.
Lei Shi, a doctoral student in the Department of Computer Science at Warwick, has received a top award for his work at UMAP, the premier international conference for researchers and practitioners working on systems that adapt to individual users.
UMAP 2014 was held in Aalborg, Denmark on the 7-11 July 2014. The conference spans a wide scope of topics related to user modeling, adaptation and personalization, and was sponsored by Microsoft Reasearch and the NSF.
Lei will begin a Warwick Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) Early Career Fellowship in October. More information on his work can be found at http://www.shilei.io
We congratulate Xin Lu who has been awarded the Science Faculty Prize for the Best PhD Thesis in Computer Science. Xin’s thesis, entitled “Efficient algorithms for scalable video coding” and supervised by Graham Martin, was examined by Professor Mohammed Ghanbari, a leading international authority and IEEE medal winner for his pioneering work on scalable video coding. Professor Ghanbari acknowledged that Xin’s research output represented a significant contribution to the field. The results have also been published in a number of international conference and journal papers, including the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology.
Xin Lu’s PhD degree was conferred by the University Chancellor at the Degree Congregation last Friday, and the Faculty Prize was presented by Professor Pam Thomas, Chair of the Faculty of Science, at a special event held in the Zeeman building on 23rd July. Xin Lu has now returned to China to continue his work as a lecturer at the Harbin Institute of Technology, one of the top ten universities in the country.
We congratuate Dr Matt Leeke, who was commended for his teaching in the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence this year. Matt is a module organiser for CS132 Computer Organisation and Architecture, CS240 Software Engineering Principles, and CS257 Advanced Computer Architecture.
We also congratulate Robert Bird who was commended in the WATEPGR awards. Robert has taught on more than 10 modules in his time at the university, including being invited to teach outside of his department. He is known for his ability to build strong relationships with students to encourage them in their learning.
This year's awards have been one of the most successful ever. Record numbers of nominations were received from staff, students and alumni, which resulted in over 70 individuals being nominated for the hard work they put into their teaching.
The Department of Computer Science congratulates this year's graduates. The Department and the BCS announced the winners of awards as follows:
Best graduating student on the BSc Computer Science or Computing Systems Courses: Helen Mckay (not pictured)
Best graduating student on the MEng Computer Science or Computing Systems Courses: Ruth King
Best graduating student on the BSc Discrete Mathematics Course: Alexander Best
BCS Prize for the best Third Year Project undertaken by a BSc Computer Science or Computing Sytems student: Christian Reddington
BCS Prize for the best Third Year Project undertaken by an MEng Computer Science or Computing Sytems student: Gregory Watson (not pictured)
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