Student wins prize at women in computing event

Juliet Grout, Information Security Manager, IBM and student Alaa Mohasseb

Juliet Grout, Information Security Manager, IBM and student Alaa Mohasseb

A University of Portsmouth computing student has won a cash prize at an annual conference and networking event for women in computer science.

PhD student Alaa Mohasseb won £100 for her research on classifying text using a lexicon-grammar approach, which is about helping people find relevant information when using search engines like Google and Yahoo.

Alaa won the award at the Research Spotlight competition at the London Hopper Colloquium 2017, a one-day event featuring women speakers talking about their research and opportunities to network with other new researchers in computing.

She said: “My research is about identifying what people are searching the web for, such as information on a particular website or product. My proposed approach uses only the text put in by the user in the search engine and can be implemented in real time, which makes it a possible solution for web search engines to provide more relevant search results.”

The competition aims to provide female research students and postdoctoral researchers with a friendly forum for communicating their work via a three-and-a-half minute presentation to their peers.

Alaa is supervised by Dr Mohamed Bader-el-den and Dr Mihaela Cocea from the School of Computing.

Dr Cocea said: “We are very pleased to see the recognition of Alaa’s work at the prestigious London Hopper Colloquium, which has been running for 13 years and is increasing the visibility of women working in Computer Science.”

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