Advanced Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) MSc student Orestis Pourgouridis

Orestis Pourgouridis

Why did you decide to study a masters at the University of Leeds?

Having completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds, I was familiar with the university’s high teaching standards and confident that both the university and Leeds have a lot more to offer in terms of knowledge, opportunities and experiences. I found the masters I’m currently studying a perfect fit for the area I want to specialise in.

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University so far and why?

So far, my course has been a great opportunity to meet new people coming from a diverse background and share experiences, knowledge and work together as a team.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have been involved with.

Amongst others, 2 of the most exciting projects I have been involved with, was a group project for the level 3 “Robotics” module and my final year dissertation.

For the robotics project, our team had to program a robot to navigate in a room and detect certain posters on the room’s walls. The process of exploring our options and trying different techniques and approaches in order to come up with an optimal solution was particularly exciting.

My dissertation titled “Tools to teach ethical hacking” was one of the biggest challenges of my undergraduate degree but also a unique opportunity to work with a number of different technologies, combine skills I had gained throughout my studies and gain an understanding of large-scale research-driven projects. I have developed a prototype teaching platform for computer science students who are interested in learning ethical hacking.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

I have thoroughly enjoyed living and studying in Leeds, a lively city that has a lot to offer in terms of experiences, social and professional opportunities. Living in Leeds for 4 years now, I still find new places to visit and activities to take part in. I believe that Leeds is suited for all students despite their interests and preferences as it provides them with a combination of diverse student communities, social events, shopping, volunteering, cultural events, trip opportunities, night-outs and even more.

What are your ambitions for the future?

I’m currently in the process of applying for a job in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Software Engineering. I’m seeking a for a job either in Leeds or other major cities in the UK.

What have you learned on your course that you think will help you in your future career?

One of the most important skills I’ve gained from my course is the ability and confidence to conduct meaningful research in order to find a fitting approach to any problem I have to solve, either for minor programming errors or a subject I’m unfamiliar with.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

I’m encouraging all the students coming to do the same course to put trust in their skills and abilities and use difficult tasks to help them challenge and enhance their skills and confidence in their field. Also, I’d advise them to not forget to use the university’s numerous resources for support, socialization and entertainment.