Two Master’s students from the School of Computing have been awarded prizes for outstanding achievements on their degrees.
Philip Adey, MSc Advanced Computer Science, won the prize for Outstanding Performance on the Programme with an overall mark of 87.7%.
Lewis Mckeown, MSc Computer Science with an Industrial Placement, won the prize for Outstanding Performance in the Project, with a score of 95%.
Lewis’ project entitled ‘Software for a Narrative Generation’ was supervised by Anna Jordanous and Colin Johnson. In the project Lewis investigated how we can use computational creativity (making software that can do creative things like write stories) to investigate how constraints affect creativity – i.e. In what way does it affect creativity if we are required to follow and fit in with more limitations, rules and specifications – or if we are given fewer such constraints? Lewis explored and compared four different types of story-telling software that worked with varying levels of freedom or constraints, to generate deliberately surreal stories. The work engaged well with theories about creativity in humans as well as computational creativity.
Both students received a certificate and £100. Congratulations to both of them.