HIS work has caught the attention of one of the world's leading universities and now it seems Her Majesty the Queen is keen to find out more about how Bolton College's Aftab Hussain is harnessing the power of tomorrow's world today.

Mr Hussain, the college's Information Learning Technology Manager has been invited to the first Queen's Garden Party of the the year today (Tuesday)

Mr Hussain has attracted national and international interest for developing using artificial intelligence to develop a chatbox ­— similar to Amazon's Alexa ­— to act as a virtual member of staff to help students with any queries they have ­— studies or personal ­—24/7.

Earlier this year, his work to harness the potential of AI technology was highlighted by Education Secretary Damian Hinds.

Ada ­— named after Ada Lovelace who is regarded as one of the first computer programmers ­— helps to deliver personalised learning and assessment for students and deal with queries about attendance and curriculum requirements.

So much so, she reminds students when their assignments are due in and what grade they need to achieve their goal.

Mr Hussain found out he had been recognised for his work after he returned from a family holiday to see an invited had been posted by Buckingham Palace.

Mr Hussain, who lives in Bromley Cross, said: "This is on behalf of the college.

"I feel blessed and honoured.

"I have been working in further education since 1993 and it is really nice to be recognised for your work."

"I will be taking my wife Yasmin and she has been shopping for a dress and I have bought a new suit.

"She works at Eagley Infants School and all the children are so excited for her, we were in the Co-op and people have been asking, people are so chuffed for us and it is lovely."

He said Bolton was being recognised nationally and internationally for embracing new technologies, with Essa Academy linking with Apple to introduce technology to improve pupils' learning.

And since introducing the chatbox, Mr Hussain said he has been approached by Yale University and other American universities, as well as promoting the use of Ada to enhance pupils and student experience.

Mr Hussain will attend the Royal Garden Party next Wednesday.