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Somdip nominated for Forbes 30 under 30 Europe list

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    Mon 23 Dec 19

Somdip Dey

Embedded artificial intelligence PhD student Somdip Dey, from our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, has been nominated for the prestigious 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Award in the Education category. 

The award honours Europe’s brightest young innovators and Somdip has been nominated for his research in the field of computer science, where he has published nearly 50 peer-reviewed research papers.

One of his main achievements has been inventing a digital QR authentication system, which is used to stop the generation of fake degree certificates and transcripts by several institutes around the world.

He also co-developed the world's first crowd food-sharing platform, which enables users to share unwanted food with people in need. This work also won the 3Scale API Award at the Koding’s 2014  Global Hackathon, and several entrepreneurs started developing similar solutions to reduce food waste around the world.

His PhD at Essex is focusing on developing affordable artificial intelligence (AI) by creating models capable of training and running specifically on affordable mobile platforms, enabling developing countries to adopt and implement AI models economically.

Developing countries could benefit from Somdip’s research which found a new methodology to offer a real-time traffic monitoring system without the need of expensive servers.

“Getting nominated for such a prestigious award itself feels very humbling and I am very grateful for the recognition of my work,” said Somdip. “Developing technologies to enrich the lives of others around me has always been my core aspiration. During the 2019 Forbes Under 30 Summit in Berlin, I was able to network with like-minded people, which provided great inspiration for future projects and collaborations."

The final 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list will be announced in February 2020.