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Aston engineer wins top national award

7 November 2006 – for immediate release

Dimitrios Georgoulas, a second year PhD student in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Aston University, has won the prestigious Computing award for ‘The Student Project of the Year’. The award was presented by Channel Four’s popular comedian Graham Norton in London’s Battersea Park Arena.

The Computing Awards for Excellence 2006, is the Information Technology (IT) equivalent of the Oscars and recognises the very best achievements within the field of IT.

Dimitrios not only had to convince the judges that his project deserved the award, he had to impress the discerning readers of Computing magazine also.

A distinguished panel of experts from the IT industry, including Jeremy Beale of the Confederation of British Industry, tested the merit of Dimitrios’ entry for the project’s potential to advance, improve and develop IT.

Dimitrios’ project, along with entries from other UK universities, was assessed on the projects purpose, the problems he encountered and how he overcame them, business objectives and the overall outcome. He developed the concept for the project, entitled ‘Intelligence-Based System for Wireless Sensor Networks’, as a major component of his PhD research.

The Computing Awards are a highly regarded accreditation amongst the IT industry and this win for Dimitrios has set him apart from the crowd. He was joined at the awards by a selection of other student hopefuls, along with contenders competing for first place in industry specific and company categories.

Dimitrios said: ‘I am really pleased with the award and would like to mention the incredible help and support of my supervisor Prof Keith Blow and of my advisor Dr. David Holding of the Adaptive Communications Networks Research Group. The University has provided me with excellent teaching, a very friendly environment and very strong research groups.’

Aston’s Prof Keith Blow said: ‘This is a fantastic achievement both personally for Dimitrios and also for the Adaptive Communications Networks Research Group.’

For further information about the awards, go to www.computingawards.net

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Courtesy of ‘Computing awards for Excellence 2006’

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