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Department of Computer Science and Technology

It’s with immense sadness that I write about my PhD student, Negar Miralaei, who died in an accident back home in Iran on the 26th October.  She will be sorely missed within my group and by everyone within the Computer Laboratory.  Many tributes have been paid to her warmth, kindness and dedication to her research.  You can read those from the Computer Lab and Varsity, for example.

Despite this being a short post, it has taken me nearly two weeks to write, such is the shock, sorrow and emptiness I have felt since being told the tragic news.  Negar was a ray of sunshine in our group, always smiling, even in the face of adversity.  She was a generous, kind person, friendly to everyone she met.  She was my first PhD student, so was learning how to do research as I was learning how to teach her, and she put up with my inevitable mistakes along the way with amazing patience and good grace.  We miss her terribly and will continue to do so.  Our thoughts go out to her family and friends in the UK, Iran and beyond.