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‘Revolutionary’ touch screen wins ICT pioneer award

PhD students showcase latest innovations at ICT awards in London

PhD students carrying out projects in the field of information and communication technologies were recognised on Wednesday at an awards ceremony hosted by EPSRC and IBM. From more than 80 entries, 20 shortlisted projects were selected and their projects showcased at the event held at Church House Conference Centre in London.

Winning innovations included a smart camera that 'learns' from experience, a procedural modeling system for use in architecture and a low cost ubiquitous passive rf identification real time location sensing system.

Researcher Behrad Gholipour won the 'Informaiton Overload' prize for his research into chalcogenides, but the overall winner was Jens Christensen from the University of Cambridge for his acoustic pulse recognition.

"The level of innovation demonstrated at this event was outstanding," said Professor David Delpy, chief executive of EPSRC and judge. "The future for ICT research in the UK is exciting and it is clear to see how science and engineering research can be a driver for economic growth. Jens' research provided an elegant and inexpensive solution to providing touch screen capability to existing phones."

"This is a win for both the customers and industry, fulfilling an unmet customer demand and satisfying the industry's need for newer and cheaper technologies to increase profit margins and sales figures. His pioneering approach is a deserved winner."

Laura Hopperton

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