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Professor invents visual computing techniques

22 April 10


A University Professor from the University of Bradford has developed two cutting-edge methods for defining and manipulating complex digital data.

And last night, Professor Hassan Ugail, was recognised for his exceptional achievements at the University's first ever Excellence in Knowledge Transfer Awards.  He won the most prestigious award the 'Vice-Chancellor's Excellence in Knowledge Transfer Award'.

As Chair of Visual Computing at the University, Professor Ugail developed his research idea into a business product for the UK, and potentially into Europe and USA.  His two patents have led to his development spin-out company, Tangentix Ltd, which is currently developing technology for digital distribution of computer game content.  Tangentix is already growing rapidly in the region is predicted to grow rapidly over the next few months and create a significant number of new jobs.

The awards also gave prizes in three other categories:

  • The Business Innovation Award - recognised Professor Anant Paradkar, Modelling & Optimisation Research Group Leader in the School of Engineering, Design and Technology, for his successful knowledge transfer between the University and the business world. He was nominated by Whitby based company Natures Laboratory Ltd.
  • The Tom Ashdown Award - which marked the success of the University's Think Business@Bradford and Amazeyourself@Bradford business support programmes.  Awards went to Jonathan Edwards from Just Eat Bradford and to Simon Havil and Robert McCarthy from Cogwork Studios, based at the University.
  • Interdisciplinary Working Award - awarded to the Mobile Enabled Disabled Students Project which is accessible mobile software and celebrates three different areas of the University who have collaborated to develop this innovation that would not be possible by working independently.


A life-time achievement award was also given to Professor Andrew Day for his long standing record of Knowledge Transfer activity with many businesses and his strong and unswerving encouragement of Knowledge Transfer activity by many colleagues at the University.

Guest speaker, BT Partnership Director, Trevor Higgins announced the winners at the prestigious dinner at the University's City Campus.

22 April 10

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