Innovation Awards Event on Big Data Analysis

We are proud to announce that the Innovation Awards event was successfully held in Cambridge during the inaugural conference on Policy-making in the Big Data Era: Opportunities and Challenges on 16th June 2015.


We are proud to announce that the Innovation Awards event was successfully held in Cambridge during the inaugural conference on Policy-making in the Big Data Era: Opportunities and Challenges on 16th June 2015.

Following the welcome speech and a brief introduction of the London Innovation Society, all shortlisted candidates were invited to give their two-minute presentation to introduce their research to the distinguished audience. All shortlisted candidates demonstrated outstanding research, visual and written skills during the poster competition.

Winners of the 2015 Innovation Awards competition received their awards during the conference dinner at Cambridge City Hotel. The awards recognised and rewarded innovative research in the field of Big Data analysis.

LIS offered monetary awards to the first three places in the competition - the first prize-winner won £300, the second prize-winner won £200, and third prize-winners won £100.

Here are the winners. Congratulations to you all!

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1st Place

- Bushra Siddiqi (Imperial College London): “Using process mining techniques to visualise the patients’ journey for prostate cancer pathways of care”

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2nd Place

- Chanuki Seresinhe (University of Warwick): “Quantifying The Impact Of Scenic Environments On Health”

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3rd Place (shared by two students)

- Ali Rezaei Yazdi (Aston University): “Intelligent Dynamic Data Collection  - For real time detection of data redundancy”

- Carl Chalmers (Liverpool John Moores University): “Smart profiling for healthcare applications”

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Honourable mentions

- Iva Lukac (Liverpool John Moores University): “Matched molecular pairs-big data for medicinal chemistry”

- Humphrey C. Emesowum (University of Portsmouth): “Fault-Tolerance in Big Data Center Networks”

- Lukas Gast (University of Cambridge): “Metadata Clustering for Open Access Policies”

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We would like to thank once again the judges who contributed to the event with their valuable feedback:

  • Alexander Kelibrink, European Comission
  • Carla Bonina, Surrey Business School
  • David J. Hand, Imperial College London
  • Hasan Bakshi, Nesta
  • Jane Naylor, Office for National Statistic
  • Jeffrey Ng, Stratified Medical
  • Juan Mateos-Garcia, Nesta
  • Martijn Poel, Technopolis Group
  • Mike Standing, Deloitte
  • Paul Jones, SAS

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We also present some testimonials from our shortlisted candidates and winners about the Innovation Awards event:

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“It has been nothing short of extraordinary taking part in the London Innovation Awards. The Data For Policy conference brought together who in the realm of Big Data Analytics and provided an unparalleled opportunity for aspiring researchers to showcase their research and get invaluable feedback from honourable judges, guests. and fellow students. Not only was the platform a gathering of the minds, but was also a podium to cultivate a better understanding of this emerging industry and network with experts and gurus. As a student, I could not find a better rostrum to share my ideas and findings and receive the encouragement and push I need to complete my doctorate. Receiving the 1st place honour in the innovation awards has left me with sincere gratitude and exaltation and will positively affect my future outcomes. I'm deeply thankful to the London Innovation Society and Data for Policy Conference!”  Bushra Siddiqi

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“It was an absolute pleasure to take part in the Data for Policy Conference Poster Competition. It was especially great to be able to discuss my research with those closely involved in policy – a rare and valuable opportunity. It was also fascinating to find out about what other PhD students are doing with Big Data in the Policy arena – all in all an excellent event to be a part of. Many thanks.” Chanuki Seresinhe

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“The Innovation Award competition was a clever idea to bring first hand and ongoing research into a wider platform of collaboration between academics, private companies and government bodies (i.e. through the Data4Policy conference). Thus it was an effective add-on to the conference. It allowed researchers from various disciplines all concerned with Big Data analysis to present their latest findings, exchange ideas and discuss plans for future work.

The innovation award, as its name suggest, was not a simple poster competition, rather it was a close research competition whereby the short-listed candidates had to present their research work to a panel of judges as well as to the whole conference attendees and then defend their research outcomes through questions & answers with the judges. This enabled the researchers to gain insight into how their PhD research is seen by the wider audience in general and by hypothetical external examiners in particular.

In addition to the actual competition, the innovation award provided an excellent ground for PhD researches to have the opportunity to learn from high level professionals, discuss their own findings and benefits from their feedback. I, personally, enjoyed the informal discussions with the conference attendees and other researchers as much as I enjoyed the actual competition itself. Hence the Innovation award was more than a simple competition.

I worked hard and was enthusiastic about this competition and I am grateful to have won the third prize. I would like to thank all the LIS organisers for providing this opportunity to me.” Ali Rezaei Yazdi

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“To be among the shortlisted candidates in the London Innovation Awards event was one of the nicest opportunities that had come my way in this my first year PhD research. The experiences I had in the poster competition and other presentations/workshops I attended, will always act as motivational stimuli to me in the rest of my academic career. I'm glad to have contributed to the Big Data Analysis by enumerating the need to make Big Data Center Networks Fault-tolerant. Regards. ” Humphrey C. Emesowum

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“Attending the London Innovation Awards was a fantastic experience especially for newer researches like myself. The event provided excellent opportunities to meet and network with other researchers and experts in the field. The occasion provided an ideal platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration while providing the candidates with experience both in presenting and poster design.” Carl Chalmers

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