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ECS research fellow to be honoured for excellence in computer science

Published: 8 November 2007

A research fellow at the University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science will be honoured next week for his PhD on computerised agent systems.

Dr Rajdeep Dash has been selected by the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC), in conjunction with the British Computer Society (BCS), as the winner of the Distinguished Dissertation Competition 2007. He will receive his award at the 2007 BCS Roger Needham Lecture at the Royal Society in London on Tuesday 13 November.

Although this competition has existed since 1990, this is the first time that a Southampton researcher has won the first prize.

Dr Dash's dissertation, entitled Distributed Mechanisms for Multi-Agent Systems: Analysis and Design, uses techniques from game theory to design markets that allocate resources (such as energy and bandwidth) and control the flow of information in sensor networks.
"There is an increasing need for computer systems that operate a decentralised control regime, and that contain a number of components representing distinct, agile stakeholders with different aims and objectives," said Dr Dash.

"Within the systems I have developed, I have designed new auction protocols which could change the way auctions are used to manage supply chains by incorporating more information such as trustworthiness, capacity and information elucidated from competitors."

Dr Dash's PhD thesis was supervised by Professor Nick Jennings, Head of the Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia group in ECS, who said: "This thesis is an excellent example of what a PhD should look like. It has made foundational scientific contributions and shown how these can be used in practice for an important class of real-world problems.

"The technical contribution lies at the intersection of economics (game theory) and computer science, which is one of the most exciting areas of research for the next generation of decentralized information."

The annual dissertation award selects the best British PhD/DPhil dissertations in computer science. Over 20 submissions were received covering a wide range of research topics and after a rigorous review process involving international experts, the judging panel selected three dissertations that were regarded as exemplary, from which the winner was chosen.

Professor Roger Hubbold, Chair, CPHC/BCS Distinguished Dissertations Competition, said of this year's competition: "The high standard of the dissertations is a testament to the excellence of computer science research in the UK - long may it continue!"

Notes for editors

  1. For further information about the Distinguished Dissertation Competition 2007, please visit:
  2. With around 500 researchers, and 900 undergraduate students, the School of Electronics and Computer Science at Southampton is one of the world's largest and most successful integrated research groupings, covering Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electronics, and Electrical Engineering. ECS has unrivalled depth and breadth of expertise in world-leading research, new developments and their applications.
  3. The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship. It is one of the UK's top 10 research universities, offering first-rate opportunities and facilities for study and research across a wide range of subjects in humanities, health, science and engineering. The University has around 20,000 students and over 5000 staff. Its annual turnover is in the region of £310 million.
    The University is one of the country's top institutions for engineering, computer science and medicine, and has a strong enterprise agenda. It is home to a range of world-leading research centres, including the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, the Optoelectronics Research Centre, the Centre for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, and the Mountbatten Centre for International Studies.
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