Awards for computer science whizzes

27 September 2013 | Story by Newsroom

Comp Science Merit AwardsThe victors: Simon Groll (left) and Shaun Michaels (right) receive certificates and cheques for the best Computer Science 2012 honours project from BSG Director of Operations Nick Longley.

An artificial intelligence-based home security system was one of the big winners at the Department of Computer Science's annual Merit Function to recognise its best and brightest talent on 18 September.

Using artificial intelligence and wireless sensor networks, a trio of honours students developed a low-cost security system that allows users to view live information such as infrared movement detection and environment temperature, and to arm/disarm a system, all from their smartphone.

The group, comprising Alex Comer-Crook, Simon Groll and Shaun Michaels, duly scooped the Best Honours Project Award.

Industry representatives from BSG and Entelect, two software companies which are major employers of UCT Computer Science graduates, were on hand to present the awards.

Professor Justin O'Riain, deputy dean of Science, encouraged the students to maintain the level of hard work to remain at the top of their fields, while Nick Longley, director of operations at BSG, urged the students to use the awards as a springboard to even greater success.

Siobhan O'Donovan, a third-year student, won the 2013 Social Responsiveness Award for her role in fostering student development. O'Donovan chairs the UCT Developer Society, which organises events, talks and internships that open doors for computer science students to cultivate relationships with industry, leading to possible employment in future.

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