THE research nomination puts Sinan in the spotlight

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:23:00 GMT

Recognition in the Technological Innovation of the Year category at the “Higher Education Oscars” has boosted the profile of research at Glasgow Caledonian.

The Times Higher Education Awards nomination helped Dr Sinan Sinanovic secure a spot on BBC News which highlighted how his research could help people suffering dementia live independently for longer. And it was a special day for his former PhD student Dr Olaoluwa Popoola, who postponed his graduation celebrations to join Sinan in front of the TV cameras with BBC Scotland’s new Innovation Correspondent, Laura Goodwin.

Dr Sinanovic was recently promoted to Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment and has been developing the LED-based indoor movement detection system for three years.

He said: "Being recognised in the Times Higher education Awards has been a great experience for me, and everyone linked with our project. I believe the value of applied university research is often overlooked, so being able to highlight the potential benefit our innovation could have for some of the most vulnerable people in our community is especially welcome.

"Thanks to the nomination, I have been able to raise the profile of our research and GCU at the Times Higher event and also in the wider media. It was particularly good to be able to involve my excellent PhD student, Ola, who attended his GCU graduation on the same day we were demonstrating our tracking device to the BBC film crew. I did not win the award in the end, but it has still been a valuable and enjoyable opportunity."

Sinan was joined at the recent THE Awards event in London by the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE, and Professor Cam Donaldson. The gala evening celebration was preceded by a THE LIVE event which gave the university the opportunity to showcase its work to many leading members in the Higher Education sector.  The Principal contributed to two live interview panels and Sinan presented his research work. If you are interested in nominations for 2019, you can register for the latest updates here.