Computing and Engineering students scoop prizes in Poland

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) is forging links with a well-respected science and technology institution in Poland after enjoying a sixth-annual conference trip to the country recently.


The three students (standing) and Daniel visiting the university's robotics labs

Two Computing (Aaron Edwards and Jonathan Brown) and one Mechanical Engineering (Bradley Ward) student along with DMU academics Daniel Paluszczyszyn and Anna Strzelecka spent six days in Poland last month, including taking part in a fascinating conference and workshop.

Located in the mountains of Lower Silesia, the workshop saw the DMU delegates mingle with students from the Technical University of Varna in Bulgaria, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology in Poland and Wroclaw University of Economics in Poland.

Two of the DMU students also earned ‘best paper’ awards during the workshop.

DMU Racing member Bradley was recognised for his design, feasibility and improvement study of reducing a single-seat race car's wheel diameter.

Despite being the youngest participant in the workshop, Bradley received the highest marks from the judging panel.


Brad (left) with the leader of the university's Formula Student  team

He said: “I really enjoyed and benefitted from the trip, which was a great mix of education and culture. It was great to see how other universities teach the same subject from a different perspective and to learn about subjects I have never investigated, such as Computer Science.”

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Aaron was praised for his presentation entitled ‘Use of Facial Recognition and Deep Learning Neural Networks in Detecting Temperament and Deception’.

"It was a great starting place for anybody interested in academic conferences,” he said.

“Not only did we meet a large number of friendly and interesting people, we also managed to fit in a bit of sightseeing and were given a tour of Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, including demonstrations in their robotics lab.

“There was also a strong social aspect and everyone we met was very friendly and took a real interest in our various pieces of work."


During a hike to the Szklarki Waterfall in the Giant Mountains range 

The papers were judged by leading academics from Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, The Technical University of Varna in Bulgaria, Vienna University of Technology in Austria and Wroclaw University of Economics in Poland plus business leaders from Rolls-Royce of Berlin, Metegrity Visions of Edmonton, Canada, and Razor Software of Wroclaw.

Anna, an early-career academic fellow at DMU, said: “It was a wonderful experience for our students. The presentations were very beneficial as they received feedback from a panel of specialists in their areas of research. The members of steering committee were very complimentary about all three of the DMU students.”

She added: “We also received signals that people from Wroclaw University of Science and Technology would like to visit DMU to cement collaboration between our universities. 

“They suggested organising a workshop our respective students could present their research and they are very interested in having us as an official co-organiser of the workshop.” 

Dr Wojciech Kmiecik from Wroclaw University of Science and Technology said: "I am pleased with the co-operation with De Montfort University.

Their academic staff benefits our steering committee, and their students always present high quality work. I hope we can consolidate this relationship."

Posted on Wednesday 9th August 2017

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