BCS awards IT student of the year

The British Computer Society has given the IT Student of the Year award to Sheffield University’s Chris Green.

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The British Computer Society has given the IT Student of the Year award to Sheffield University’s Chris Green.

Green designed a project called eMotion Shuffle, which is geared towards designing and producing an MP3 player that uses music to change a listener’s mood. The system uses digital signal processing tools and machine learning.

The award was presented at last week’s Science, Engineering and Technology Awards in London, which was attended by over 500 students, academics and business leaders. Meanwhile, James Hogan was announced as winner of the Computational Science category, which was judged by the BCS and sponsored by Microsoft Research.

Green, who is studying for a MEng degree in software engineering, said: “It is a dream come true to win this award and as a result, my aim of turning the eMotion Shuffle into a marketable product for consumer and commercial use is a step closer.”

He beat shortlisted candidates Sarah Wiseman of Edinburgh University and Marcel Guenther of Imperial College.

Green added: “I found my passion for computers quite late into my A-level qualifications when I realised my chosen subjects weren't suitable to continue to study computers at university. However I decided to do a foundation year and have since progressed through to doing my Masters, and winning this award proves that this was a good choice.”

The news comes as the BCS announced a relaunch, placing more focus on the quality of training of IT professionals, and opening a new ‘Academy of Computing’ to focus on ensuring IT teaching is improved from primary school through to higher education.

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