NUST Computing PhD student shines internationally

Lameck Amugongo, a PhD Student in Computer Science at NUST was selected as one of the 200 young researchers to attend the 5th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), in Germany.

The Forum is a scientific and informal platform to create links between 200 young researchers in mathematics and computer science from around the globe, as well as the laureates of prestigious prizes such as the Abel Prize, the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the Fields Medal and the Nevanlinna Prize.

Moreover, the forum aims to foster collaboration between the computing and math disciplines and the opportunity to raise awareness of their common threads and indispensable impacts. The 5th HLF will take place from 24 to 29 September 2017. All week long, scientific, social and outreach activities are developed in an informal atmosphere, so as to provide the young researchers with the unique opportunity to connect with other generations of mathematicians and computer scientists.

Prior to HLF, Amugongo was selected to participate in the Dagstuhl Seminar, focusing on “Recent Trends in Knowledge Compilation,” from 17-22 September 2017. The seminar is a series of perspective workshops that bring together the world’s leading researchers, practitioners and young talents to discuss their ideas.

Furthermore, Amugongo was selected as a Washington Mandela Fellow (WMF) 2017 on the Business and Entrepreneurship track. As a WMF fellow, he will spend six weeks at Skyline College in California where he will be attending intensive academic training on business and entrepreneurship.

He will have an opportunity to visit some of the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley such as Google, Facebook and Intel.

“I am very grateful for this awesome opportunity, and I am looking forward to an amazing experience and I hope to create long-lasting networks,” Amugongo said.

“The notion that a Namibian researcher will only be internationally competitive if they are studying abroad is misleading. NUST has world- class professors who can provide good guidance to enable young researchers to compete with the best of the best,” he added.

Amugongo thanked his colleagues for their support, his Master’s degree supervisor, Prof Juergen Sieck, for giving him the opportunity to undertake research studies in Germany from 2015 to 2016. He also expressed his gratitude to the Faculty of Computing and Informatics (FCI) Associate Dean, Professor Muyingi, for his guidance and support, and the Dean, Dr Anicia Peters, for her steadfast mentorship.

Date: 
Friday, June 9, 2017
for Month: 
June, 2017

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