Published: 02 May 2017

Computer Science PhD student wins prestigious award from Chinese Government

Dr Ran Cheng, PhD student at the University of Surrey, has been presented the 2016 Chinese Government award for ‘Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad’ by the China Scholarship Council.

The ‘Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad’ award was founded by the Chinese Government in 2003, with the purpose of rewarding the academic excellence of self-financed Chinese PhD students studying overseas.

A previous PhD student in the Department of Computer Science, Dr Ran Cheng was selected by the award selection panel for his outstanding performance in his PhD studies. A total of 501 Chinese students, studying in 29 countries around the world and from all fields of academic research, were awarded this year. Ran was one of only 40 students studying in the UK to receive the award, which included a prize of $6,000 US dollars.

During his PhD, Ran performed research in evolutionary computation and machine learning for the optimisation of complex industrial systems. His research was funded by the Honda Research Institute in Germany and supervised by Professor Yaochu Jin, Professor in Computation Intelligence, of the University of Surrey.

Professor Jin commented: “This prestigious award is a great honour to Dr Ran Cheng and a well-deserved recognition of his excellent PhD work. The award also demonstrates the excellence of Surrey’s research in the area of evolutionary computation and machine learning with applications to solving complex engineering optimisation problems.”

The Conferring Ceremony took place on 28 April 2017 in London, with Dr Ran Cheng, Professor Yaochu Jin and Dean of Faculty of Physical and Engineering Sciences, Professor Paul Smith in attendance. His Excellency Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese Ambassador, attended the ceremony and presented the award to Dr Ran Cheng.


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