Computer Science News Archive

Dr. Christophe Dessimoz laureate of the ISCB Overton Prize 2019

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Each year with the Overton Prize, the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) recognises the outstanding achievements of an early to mid-career scientist who has made a significant contribution to the field of computational biology.

We are pleased to report that the 2019 laureate is Christophe Dessimoz, Associate Professor in Bioinformatics in GEE and Computer Science. The full announcement is available here.

IEEE CS Harlan Mills award 2019 awarded to Professor Mark Harman

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We are thrilled to announce that the IEEE CS Harlan Mills award 2019 has been awarded to Professor Mark Harman for fundamental contributions throughout software engineering, including seminal contributions in establishing search-based software engineering, reigniting research in slicing and testing, and founding genetic improvement. Congratulations Mark!

The award was established in memory of Harlan D. Mills to recognize researchers and practitioners who have demonstrated long-standing, sustained, and impactful contributions to software engineering practice and research through the d... [more]

Computer Science researchers receive the best paper award at the 2018 Internet Measurement Conference (IMC)

The paper "On the Origins of Memes by Means of Fringe Web Communities", by Savvas Zannettou, Tristan Caulfield, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Michael Sirivianos, Gianluca Stringhini, and Guillermo Suarez-Tangil, received the best paper award at the 2018 Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), held in Boston this week. 

Internet memes are increasingly used to sway and manipulate public opinion. This prompts the need to study their propagation, evolution, and in?uence across the Web. In the paper, the researchers detect and measure the propagation of memes across multiple Web communi... [more]

Cogent Labs and University College London Partner in Long-term Joint Research Initiative

Cogent Labs and UCL will pursue a unique joint research approach where AI research will be long term and ongoing, fully collaborative with researchers from both institutions working together, with all results being made public and shared with the wider AI community and society at large. 

UCL researchers bring extensive AI expertise and established relationships with the international academic community while CL, in addition to its research team, will contribute with its strong machine learning team lead by David Cournapeau, the original author of the globally used machine learning library Sci... [more]

Great Ormond Street Hospital and UCL partnership set to revolutionise how technology is used in hospitals

A new unit set to transform the use of technology including artificial intelligence in healthcare and improve patient outcomes is being opened at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). The state-of-the-art unit, called DRIVE – Digital, Research, Informatics and Virtual Environments – is the first of its kind in the world. It is both a physical and conceptual unit and is the result of a unique partnership between GOSH, UCL and leading industry experts in technology, artificial intelligence and digital innovation. 

The idea behind DRIVE is to create a unique informatics hub to harness the power o... [more]

Carlo Innamorati wins the Best Student Paper Honourable Mention Award

The paper, Learning on the Edge: Explicit Boundary Handling in CNNs, proposes an innovative solution as an alternative to commonly used padding strategies in convolutions for Convolutional Neural Networks. The main insight is represented by the fact that standard padding strategies introduce a bias that is  propagated through the entire pipeline. The alternative presented in the paper allows networks to learn to alleviate this bias on their own. The method proved to be more effective than established strategies  on a variety of image processing tasks such as De-bayering and Colorization. For m... [more]

Larissa Suzuki to be a Finalist at the 2018 WISE Awards

We are delighted that an alumna of the Department, Larissa Suzuki, has been named as a finalist at the WISE Awards 2018. Larissa, whose work has pioneered smart cities and data infrastructures to address poverty, safety, transportation and infrastructure issues, has been nominated as one of three finalists for the “WISE Innovation Award”, generously sponsored by BAM Nuttall.

The WISE campaign seeks to enable and energise people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Workin... [more]

John Shawe-Taylor becomes new UNESCO Chair in Artificial Intelligence

We are delighted to announce that the National Commission for UNESCO has recently approved the establishment of a UNESCO Chair on Artificial Intelligence at UCL. The Chairholder role has been awarded to John Shawe-Taylor, Professor of Computational Statistics and Machine Learning and Head of Department at UCL Computer Science.

The Chair on Artificial Intelligence will study the field as a driver, and as a component for solutions and strategies to assist the achievement of international Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will contribute not only to the way information can be intelligentl... [more]

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