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Top research award for our CSE Dean

Jan 30, 2018

Sunil award
Sunil (right) receiving his award

Join us in congratulating Sunil Vadera, our Dean of School of Computing, Science and Engineering, on receiving the Amity Research Award for Contributions to AI & Neural Networks. He was presented with the honour in front of over 500 delegates from the industry and academia as well as students from around the world at the conference in Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, India.

As well as receiving his award, Sunil gave a keynote speech and was made an honorary Professor of Amity.  He also signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Salford and Amity aimed at developing a collaborative partnership.

Sunil said: "I’m pleased to have received this award as it reflects research carried out in collaboration with colleagues and PhD students over a number of years.”

For the past 20 years, Sunil has carried out research with the ambition of closing the gap between theory and practice in data mining and artificial intelligence. His work includes:

  • Analysis of consumer behaviour in 40,000 homes fitted with SMART meters for British Gas.
  • Developing new models for real time sensor validation of gas turbines in collaboration with the Mexican Instituto de Electricas.
  • Data mining of near-miss explosions data in collaboration with the Health and Safety Executive and which led to a commercial application known as Dust-Expert.

Some of the leading outlets in the field have published Sunil’s research, including the Computer Journal, ACM Computing Surveys, ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Expert Systems Journal, IEEE Transactions of Power Systems, and Foundations of Science.

In recent years his research has mainly been in the field of cost-sensitive learning, in which he has developed novel algorithms and in deep learning where he is studying methods of reducing the overall size of the neural networks.

At the moment Sunil is working on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) that aims to develop data mining methods for optimising online car finance brokerage. He’s also recently been awarded a sixth KTP that applies big data analytics on telematics data from cars to model driver behaviour and improve user-based insurance premiums.