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City PhD student wins prestigious Smeed Prize

Roger Beecham submits best student paper and presentation at this year's annual Universities' Transport Study Group conference.
by John Stevenson

Roger Beecham, a School of Informatics PhD candidate from the giCentre and the City Collaborative Transport Hub, is the winner of the Smeed Prize for best student paper and presentation at the 45th Universities' Transport Study Group (UTSG) annual conference in Oxford which took place from 2 to 4 January 2013.

The Smeed Prize takes into account the sophistication of the work submitted, the quality of the conference talk and the student's performance in answering questions. 

nullRoger's winning paper and talk, titled "Exploring (gendered) cycling behaviours within a large, attribute-rich, transactional dataset", competed alongside 13 other shortlisted papers, mostly written by final-year and completing PhD students.

In the Alex Kachkaev photo at left, Roger Beecham receives the 2013 Smeed Prize at the UTSG conference from Dr Marcus Enoch (left) of Loughborough University and Professor John Nelson from the University of Aberdeen (right).

The 45th UTSG conference featured a total of 80 research papers in the fields of transport, travel and mobility and was attended by 130 delegates from UK and Irish universities.

City's team from the School of Informatics and School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences comprised two academics (Professor Jo Wood and Dr Ioannis Kaparias) and two researchers (Roger Beecham and Alex Kachkaev), who between them presented three papers covering the topics of visualisation, data mining, cycling, travel behaviour and urban street design.

Roger is pleased to have been awarded the Smeed Prize:

"I am delighted to have been selected for this award. It was based on my overall performance in presenting the work and not just the paper. As you can only make one submission to be considered for the Smeed Prize, there was a bit of added pressure, but it was definitely a useful experience."

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