Computer Science News Archive

UCL-CS students meet JP Morgan Challenge

The UCL students from the winning team

Last month (16 - 18 November), J.P. Morgan hosted their first ever "Code for Good" Challenge in their London office. The challenge was an opportunity for top tech talent from UK universities to come into the firm and, through their team coding skills, use technology to address a social challenge for one of JPM's three partner charities: Centrepoint, WaterAid or The Nature Conservancy. 

21 students attended from UCL - the most from any university - and impressed JPM with the standard of their work. The participants were organised into teams. The top 6 teams (2 representing each charity) were ... [more]

SEBASE project finalist at THE Awards 2012

The Times Higher Education Awards 2012 shortlisted the SEBASE project (forerunner to the DAASE project) as a finalist for the award of "Research Project of the Year". The three SEBASE project principal investigators, Professors Harman, Clark and Yao attended the award ceremony in London on 29th November 2012. The award went to Queen Mary, University of London for their excellent project on Home Testing for Cervical Cancer. Despite not winning, the SEBASE team were delighted to be shortlisted. Well done to the QMUL team on winning the award!

App teaching featured on MSDN

Microsoft Education has co-published a blog entry on UCL-CS undergraduate teaching which features app development.

The blog entry describes how traditional lecture-based teaching has been set aside by Dr Dean Mohamedally, Senior Teaching Fellow in Software Systems Engineering, by the arrival of apps –'micro software engineering' packages that are closely targeted to real-world end users who have specific requirements and problems to solve. UCL has become the first university in the UK to treat apps development as a core computer science skill and where each and every CS student solves re... [more]

BBC & UCL Strategic Partnership

BBC Research & Development have announced a strategic partnership with UCL, to drive innovation, and collaborate on a wide programme of R&D activity.

Over the next four years, the new partnership between BBC and UCL will focus on an ambitious programme of research work that seeks to advance state-of-the-art communications technologies, Internet research, content production, user experience (UXD) and access services. The outcomes of this research will also be shared with the wider industry.

Professor Anthony Finkelstein, Dean of UCL Faculty of Engineering, said: "UCL Engineering is committe... [more]

Dr Antoaneta Serguieva presents at the Bank of England

Dr Antoaneta Serguieva, Senior Teaching Fellow at UCL-CS, was last week invited to present at the Bank of England on the topic of 'Computational intelligence and systemic risk models'. Attendees included representatives from central banks around the world. The presentation was within the BoE seminar on 'Systemic risk assessment: identification and monitoring', and along presenters from the Bank of England, the US Treasury's Office of Financial Research, IMF, FSA, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Chicago. 

Of Rats and Men

Image of a rat in a maze

Using cutting-edge virtual reality technology, researchers have ‘beamed’ a person into a rat facility allowing the rat and human to interact with each other on the same scale.

Published today in PLOS ONE, the research enables the rat to interact with a rat-sized robot controlled by a human participant in a different location. At the same time, the human participant (who is in a virtual environment) interacts with a human-sized avatar that is controlled by the movements of the distant rat. The authors hope the new technology will be used to study animal behaviour in a completely new way.

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UCL at Droidcon

On 25 and 26 October UCL Advances, with UCL Engineering, will be taking a stand at Droidcon. Droidcon is part of a worldwide movement to expose the best of Android. It covers all things Android, from mobile devices, to TV, to cars, to gaming, and so much more.

We’ll be there to raise the profile of all the support UCL Advances can offer to tech start ups and SMEs and to promote the fantastic opportunities for under-graduate and post-graduate students studying Computer Science at UCL.  We are proud that UCL is the first UK university to include app development as part of core curriculum progra... [more]

Fugue installation featured at "Risk inSight"

Gordana Novakovic with the Fugue exhibit

The Risk inSight project exhibition took place at the Rolex Centre in Lausanne during October . "Combining science, arts and society, the Risk inSight exhibition aims to show risks and to highlight why and how they are playing an increasingly important role in modern societies. The exhibition space is divided into four thematic sections: identifying risks, living with risks, debating risks and handling risks."

The Fugue project, which is led by UCL-CS's Artist in Residence - Gordana Novakovic, was invited to contribute to this large scale open-to-public science and art exhibition. 

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