A lecturer in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Trinity College Dublin is to receive an Academy Award at the Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills on Saturday night.

Dr Anil Kokaram will receive the award with three members of UK software developer the Foundry's development team - Dr Bill Collis, Simon Robinson and Ben Kent – for their work on the design and development of an integrated suite of software visual effects.

The software has been used in such films as 'Casino Royale', 'The Da Vinci Code' and 'X-Men: The Last Stand'.

Commenting on the Award, Dr Kokaram, who worked as a consultant for the Foundry, said: "I am delighted to have won this Award, especially given the stringent examination process employed by the Academy in selecting the winners. It involved six months of deliberation and assessment by two panels made up of both academics and members of the film industry."