Paul Anderson, Technical Editor of Jisc Technology and Standards Watch and author of its recent report on Web 2.0, has won the EPSRC's Computer Science Writer of the Year award.
The competition, which was launched this year, has been organised by EPSRC in association with the British Computer Society, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and the Royal Academy of Engineering. The aim of the competition is to show the impact of EPSRC-funded computer science research on society and people's everyday lives, and to highlight the human stories and scientific challenges involved.
Paul won the competition with his entry entitled 'Let's talk: how computer-aided memories restore the joy of conversation' which was based on the achievements of the Computer Interactive Reminiscence and Conversation Aid (CIRCA) project, based at the University of Dundee.
"Computer science is often seen as a rather dry subject", says Paul, "but in many cases it is delivering practical benefits to people with real problems, and this is what the competition helps to highlight".
As well as a cash prize of £1,000, Paul's winning entry will be published in EPSRC's magazine Newsline and on the competition organisers' websites.
Jisc TechWatch report 'What is Web 2.0?: ideas, technologies and implications for education' is available online at: What is Web 2.0?