On Friday 5th February, Damien Anderson, PhD candidate in Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde received the Robertson Medal for academic year 2015-16.
The silver medal is awarded each year to the Scholarship candidate judged to be the most outstanding of that year’s competition. The medal was introduced in 2003 to mark the contribution of the retiring Chairman of the Trust, Sir Lewis Robertson, who served the Trust for over 40 years.
About this year's recipient
Damien Anderson is from Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire and studied Software Engineering at the University of Strathclyde gaining direct entry into second year following a HND at City of Glasgow College. During his undergraduate degree at Strathclyde, Damien was awarded the Dean's certificate in both his second and third year exams for achieving distinction in his exams. Damien is now undertaking a PhD in Computing and Information Sciences, looking at General Video Game Playing using Learning, Search and Ensemble Decision Making.
On receiving the award from Dame Anne Glover, Chair of the Carnegie Trust Damien says:
"It's great to be receiving this award. I'm enjoying everything about my PhD - the people I'm working with are fantastic and it's a good working environment."
“My research looks into ways to enable computers to figure out something on their own, whatever’s been programmed into them. For example, in computer games, AI could be used for the computer to work out why its performance has gone up or down and apply this to its strategies, so that it can solve a problem without having faced that type of problem before.”
Professor Andy Walker, Secretary & Treasurer of the Carnegie Trust, said: “Our PhD Scholarship scheme is highly competitive with only the very best graduates being put forward by the Scottish universities for consideration. It is to Damien’s great credit that, not only has he been awarded one of our scholarships, but that the selection panel recognised him as this year’s best student. I am confident that his research project will be very fruitful and wish him well with his studies.”
Above: Damien receiving his medal from Dame Anne Glover, Chair of the Carnegie Trust.