Computer science thesis wins distinguished award

Digital mind: Thesis winner, Richard Kennard. Picture: Jane Dyson
Digital mind: Thesis winner, Richard Kennard. Picture: Jane Dyson

A PhD graduate from Oatley has been recognised for his impressive thesis on computer science.

Richard Kennard, 37, a software consultant, won the John Makepeace Bennett Award for the "most distinguished" doctoral dissertation in Australia and New Zealand.

Named after an Australian computing pioneer, the award recognised the best PhD thesis of the year in the field of computer science.

Dr Kennard, who recently finished his studies at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), competed against universities throughout Australasia.

This is the first time a student from UTS has won the award. His thesis was entitled "Derivation of a general purpose architecture for automatic user interface generation".

Dr Kennard studied the problems associated with building user interfaces for software applications, with a focus on "real world" applications including websites and mobile apps.

"Building user interfaces is a very time-consuming and error-prone part of software development, and this thesis looked to address that by having the computer automate the process," he said.

"Having my work selected as the best from such a strong field is incredibly pleasing."

Judges said his research had made fundamental contributions to computer science.