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Matthew Dale wins 2020 BCS best PhD award

Posted on 29 April 2020

Matthew has won the BCS best dissertation award for his PhD, 'Reservoir Computing in Materio', supervised by Professor Susan Stepney.

Matthew was announced as the winner of the Distinguished Dissertation award, a prestigious academic award, run jointly by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, in collaboration with the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC).

The competition aims to increase the visibility of the significant research contributions made by the UK to computer science by postgraduate students.

Due to the substantial number of high-quality dissertation entries, the committee extended their examining time to ensure that they found the one dissertation that stood above the others. The troubles caused by coronavirus only exacerbated the decision making time.

Referees for Matthew’s thesis make reference to the “ground breaking results” and a PhD-project that “required quite a bit of courage to be truly novel.”

Find out more about the award.