UK ICT Pioneers is a partnership between Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and key stakeholders that ‘aims to recognise the most exceptional UK PhD students in ICT related topics.”

He will face this third and final round on 26 June at the QE2 Conference Centre, London.

In the first round of the competition David was asked to provide a description of his work and its potential for impact, and for the second round, make a three minute video accessible to a non-specialist audience. You can see his video on You Tube.

His area of research is Cylindrical Algebraic Decomposition (CAD). CAD is a way to analyse the algebraic geometry of a problem with a computer algorithm. His overall goal is to enhance the theory of CAD to make more efficient algorithms

David said: "I am thrilled to be a finalist in this competition. It will be exciting to present my research at the finals and to learn about the cutting edge work my peers are doing across the UK.

“I would like to thank my supervisors Professor Davenport and Dr Bradford, and fellow researcher Dr England for their collaboration and support throughout my PhD."