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Professor Graham Cormode from the Department of Computer Science, has been awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.
The Wolfson Research Merit Award is one of the most prestigious UK awards, supported by the Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science. The scheme provides up to 5 years’ funding after which the award holder continues with a permanent post at the host university. Jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the scheme aims to provide universities with additional support to enable them to attract science talent from overseas and retain respected UK scientists of outstanding achievement and potential. Professor Graham Cormode's research will focus on "Small summaries for big data".
The Wolfson Foundation is a grant-making charity established in 1955. Funding is given to support excellence and the focus of the award is a salary enhancement.
The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.
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More information about Professor Graham Cormode's research is available at his web page at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/dcs/people/graham_cormode.
Lei Shi receives Best Student Paper Award at ICWL'14
In a row of successes, Lei Shi receives again an award, this time at the ICWL'14 conference in Talinn, Estonia, where he secures the Best Student Paper Award, for the paper 'Multifaceted Open Social Learner Modeling'.
Congratulations again, Lei!
Mike Joy, Meurig Beynon and Steve Russ will lead an Erasmus+ project, Construit!
Congratulations to Mike Joy, Meurig Beynon and Steve Russ, who will lead an Erasmus+ project, to start in October 2014, for 3 years! The project also involves EDUMOTIVA from Greece, UEF from Finland, Helix5 from the Netherlands, Comenius University from Slovakia, and University of Edinburgh UK.
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.
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