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Research student heads to national speaking finals

A PhD student specialising in telecommunications will represent Victoria University in the national championships of the Three-Minute Thesis contest to be held in Perth on 29 September.

Geordie Zhang, 28, of Maribyrnong, beat seven other PhD students in the VU finals of the contest, which calls on research students across Australia and New Zealand to deliver a clear explanation of their thesis to a non-specialist audience in less than three minutes.

Geordie, who studies at VU's Centre for Telecommunications and Microelectronics, won VU's $2000 top prize by using an economic theory that prioritises competing uses of broadband communication to explain his research. The most important uses, such as teleconference medicine in remote areas, receive a higher ranking and more network capacity than people playing Angry Birds.

The official name of Geordie's thesis is Adaptive Interference and Intermodulation Cancellation in Cellular Communication Networks.          

Geordie will join winners from other universities across Australia and New Zealand at the University of Western Australia for a shot at a $5000 first prize in the national finals this Thursday.

Geordie Zhang is available for interview on 0425 873 588. A photograph of Geordie competing in the VU finals is available.

Media contact:
Ann Marie Angebrandt, Media Officer,
Marketing and Communications Department, Victoria University
[email protected]
h: (03) 9919 5487 or 0403 556 001. 

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