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PhD Student takes his research to Parliament

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02 March 2015

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Kyriakos Georgiou, a Computer Science PhD student at the University of Bristol, is attending Parliament to present his engineering research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 9 March.

Kyriakos' research investigates how to make energy efficient software. His poster "Computation
takes energy. But how much?" will be judged against dozens of others in the only national
competition of its kind, bringing early career researchers and politicians together.

Kyriakos was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

On presenting his research in Parliament, he said, "My work enables computer programs to be analyzed and optimized for lower energy consumption so that greener IT products can be developed in the future - a topic that fits well with Bristol's aim to promote "Greenness" as the European Green Capital 2015. I am very excited that SET for Britain provides me with an opportunity to present how my research can contribute towards this aim, to such an influential audience."

Dr. Kerstin Eder, Kyriakos' supervisor at the University of Bristol, said, "I am delighted to see Kyriakos enter the competition. Our research aims to promote energy efficiency to a first class software design goal. Knowing how much energy is consumed by the code you write, at the time when you write it, is the key to enable energy efficient software development. Kyriakos is making a significant contribution to achieve this goal."

Andrew Miller MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, said, "This annual competition is an important date in the parliamentary calendar because it gives MPs an opportunity to speak to a wide range of the country's best young researchers.

These early career engineers, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of our future and SET for Britain is politicians' best opportunity to meet them and understand their work."

Kyriakos' research has been entered into the Engineering session of the competition, which will end in a gold, silver and bronze prize-giving ceremony.

Judged by leading academics, the gold medalist receives GBP 3,000, while silver and bronze receive GBP 2,000 and GBP 1,000 respectively.

Philip Greenish CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: "When it comes to engaging MPs with research, SET for Britain is a unique occasion.

The event provides an excellent opportunity for politicians to meet and talk to some of the UK's best young minds. The researchers attending SET for Britain are part of the scientific community that gives the UK its leadership position in research.

But their work cannot be given for granted, and this event gives our elected representatives a chance to engage directly to the early career researchers based in their constituencies and hear about the research they are conducting.

SET for Britain creates the perfect environment for a friendly dialogue which would not otherwise take place between these two very different worlds."