Guidance employee wins university prize

November News

Dr Shuja Ahmed  Dr Shuja Ahmed with ProfDoug Cleaver

Dr Shuja Ahmed, who joined Guidance in 2012, has been awarded a prize by his former institution for the quality of his PhD research. Shuja completed his PhD, "Development and Evaluation of Distributed Vision Processing Algorithms in Multi-Robotic Systems" at Sheffield Hallam University's Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI) in Spring 2013. His research contributed to the EU-funded REPLICATOR project into robot swarming. It focussed particularly on efficiently utilising computational resources within swarm robotic systems by processing vision algorithms in a distributed fashion. His studies were supervised by Dr Fabio Caparrelli and Dr Reza Saatchi and contributed to a growing body of robotics-related research within MERI.

Following evaluation by a University panel, Shuja's thesis was awarded the 2013 Jeremy Laskowski Memorial Prize for Excellence in PhD Research, given annually to the top PhD graduate in Science and Engineering. ProfDoug Cleaver, who chaired the panel, said "We were very impressed by Shuja's drive and intensity as well as the quality of his thesis and research papers. We are delighted to see him thriving in an international technology company like Guidance, and expect him to go far." Shuja is working in Dr Ian Buehring's team at the Guidance Innovation Centre in Leicester. He is currently working on embedded vision systems and exploring possible applications for automated guided vehicles. These include products for high precision operation in warehouses and marine environments.

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