Top prize for Peeter

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - JAMIE MIL­LI­GAN

A stu­dent from Abertay Univer­sity has been named Young Soft­ware Engi­neer of the Year 2015, be­com­ing the first stu­dent from the univer­sity to claim the ti­tle.

Peeter Parna won first prize for an out­stand­ing pro­ject com­bin­ing fluid dy­nam­ics, gam­ing and ad­vanced pro­gram­ming.

The Estonian born stu­dent’s ef­forts were hailed as “ex­cep­tional” by judges and he was re­warded with a cheque for £2500 and the Young Soft­ware Engi­neer of the Year tro­phy.

Peeter’s re­search in­volved GPU pro­gram­ming and in­ves­ti­gat­ing meth­ods for liq­uid sim­u­la­tion with real-time ap­pli­ca­tions.

Sec­ond place went to Mar­ija Pinkute, an Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity stu­dent whose pro­ject is aimed at the au­to­matic gen­er­a­tion of Tweet mes­sages for news ar­ti­cles.

Third place was won by Damien An­der­son, from Strath­clyde Univer­sity, for his pro­ject on gen­er­alised video game play­ing.

The Lock­heed Martin Soft­ware En­gi­neer­ing Pro­ject Award went to Archibald “Sam” El­liot, from St An­drews Univer­sity, for de­vel­op­ing a con­cur­rency sys­tem for Idris and Er­lang.

Now in their 26th year, the Young Soft­ware Engi­neer of the Year Awards are given to the best un­der­grad­u­ate soft­ware projects, drawn from across all stu­dents study­ing com­puter science and soft­ware en­gi­neer­ing in Scot­land.

Each univer­sity sub­mits the best fi­nal year un­der­grad­u­ate soft­ware en­gi­neer­ing pro­ject from amongst their stu­dents.

Pic­ture: Thomas Hay­wood.

Young Soft­ware Engi­neer of the Year 2015, Peeter Parna.

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