Connected Nation Pioneers Competition - finalists

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The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are proud to announce the sixteen finalists in our UK-wide competition recognising exceptional research contributions towards the development of a Connected Nation.

This year's competition is being sponsored and supported by dstl, Facebook, BT, Samsung, Huawei, Thales, Amazon and NVIDIA.

The Connected Nation Pioneers competition 2018 is organised by EPSRC and was open to all second and third year UK postgraduate research students who could demonstrate their research fits under one of the four designated topics. Each of the four category winners will receive a prize of £2,000 and an NVIDIA graphics card, with the overall winner receiving a further £1,000.

The final assessment takes place at The Defence Academy of the UK, Shrivenham on Wednesday 17 October 2018, where finalists will showcase their work throughout the day. Category winners will then move on and battle it out to become the overall competition winner.

The researchers come from across the UK, are based at fifteen of the country's research intensive universities, and are among the most innovative researchers in their field. The competition categories are:

  • Safe and Secure Cyber Society
  • Intelligent Informatics
  • Making Digital Technology Work for People
  • Creative Computing for the Digital Economy

The sixteen finalists were selected following a two stage process. Initial assessment focussed on whether their research fell within the remit of the call. A judging panel drawn from the competition's sponsors then selected the finalists after viewing short multimedia presentation videos produced by the candidates. Finalist's selection was based on how they presented their ideas using the criteria set out in the call.

The finalists are:

Safe and Secure Cyber Security

  • Thyla van der Merwe - Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Alasdair B. Price - University of Bristol
  • Richard Baker - University of Oxford
  • Claudia Peersman - Lancaster University

Intelligent Informatics

  • Jiawen Sun - Queen's University, Belfast
  • Stephen Henthorn - University of Sheffield
  • Kari Aaron Clark - University College London
  • Huanfa Chen - University College London

Making Digital Technology Work for People

  • Lauren Alison Ward - University of Salford
  • Christopher Beach - University of Manchester
  • Ruodan Lu - Cambridge University
  • Asha Louise Ward - Bournemouth University

Creative Computing for the Digital Economy

  • Marc Ciufo Green - University of York
  • Christian Guckelsberger - Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Cameron Steer - Swansea University
  • Sagar Joglekar - King's College London

The prosperity of the UK as a Connected Nation will be driven by as-yet unimagined, new industries and services, and by innovative, more cost-effective ways of delivering existing services. Achievement of this vision depends upon research leading to transformational technologies which connect people, things and data together, in safe, smart, secure, trustworthy and productive ways.

We congratulate all finalists on their research contributions and in getting to this stage of the competition.

Further details of the competition can be found at the Connected Nation Pioneers page.

Reference: PN 54-18