Thursday 22 May 2014

The distinguished career of Professor Sunil Vadera was honoured at the British Indian Awards last week (16 May) at a ceremony in Birmingham.

Professor Vadera beat stiff competition from six top scientists and engineers to win the ‘Best in Science and Engineering’ category. The second annual awards were held to celebrate the success and achievements of Britain’s Indian community.

Professor Vadera is Head of the University’s School of Computing, Science and Engineering. He is a fellow of the British Computer Society, a chartered engineer and a chartered IT professional.

His research has included applying data mining methods for the credit rating of sub-prime loans aimed at helping to improve financial inclusion, applying data mining to SMART meter data with a view to understanding energy consumption behaviour, and  widely cited work on sensor validation with colleagues from the Mexican Instituto de Electricas. 

He is currently involved in a major European project called SEEDS which is applying machine learning methods to reducing CO2 and energy consumption  in  large buildings and spaces.

Professor Vadera said: “The nominations included many worthy candidates making outstanding contributions in their fields, so it was very humbling just to have been nominated, let alone winning! 

“The contributions recognised would, of course, not have been possible without my collaborators and the support received from staff and students at the University, spanning many years."

Arbinder Chatwal, Head of India Advisory Services, BDO LLP, said: “We have some truly inspirational individuals who are proud to be Indian and British and the Awards were a great platform to recognise their efforts and achievements."