Computer Science News Archive

REF2014: UCL Computer Science ranked first

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) evaluation UCL was ranked in first place for Computer Science, out of 89 Universities assessed, and considerably ahead of other Institutions. 61% of its research submission is rated as world-leading (the highest possible category) and 96% of its research submission is rated as internationally excellent.


UCL researchers in Computer Science and Informatics received a ‘grade point average’ of 3.57 (out of 4) and submitted 75 staff to be assessed in REF2014. UCL Computer Science has made seminal contributions across the full range of its core stre... [more]

Robotics and Autonomous Systems work showcased

As part of a recent showcase briefing and networking event for Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) in Horizon 2020, scientists from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), UCL and MIT gave a presentation on multi-scale robotic teleoperation to the Rt Hon Greg Clark, Minister for Universities and Science.

Prof Mandayam Srinivasan, co-founder of the field of haptics who leads the work at MIT and UCL TouchLabs, started with an overview of teleoperation and haptics at multiple scales from industrial engineering to human scale applications, including robot assisted and remote surgery. The minist... [more]

UCL winners at HackNotts

UCL Computer Science students returned from HackNotts as winners following a 24 hour hackathon held during 29th-30th November. Hosted by the University of Nottingham, over 200 students teamed up to learn about tech and create cool stuff.

Team Bello was comprised of Second Year UCL Computer Science Undergraduates Rohan Kopparapu, Kevin Kwan, Pranan Murugappan and Jazib Mahboob. Together they worked on an SMS based blogging system using Twilio and Google's Material Design project, Polymer.

The hackathon was an exciting and stimulating experience, and resulted in Team Bello winning prizes for t... [more]

CS stars at OxHack

We were delighted that two teams of four UCL Computer Science students joined OxHack 2014. Running during 29th-30th November and hosted by Oxford Entrepreneurs (OE) and Major League Hacking, the event included over 150 participants from universities all over Europe and sponsorship and mentorship from Facebook, Google, Bloomberg, SendGrid, Mendeley and more.

Sami Start, Paula Lopez Pozuelo, Divya Surendran and Zayed Al-Nehayan worked together to make an alarm clock that switches on Chromecast on your TV and plays personalised content in an alarm format to wake you up. The UI of the alarm was ... [more]

Sebastian Riedel wins major AI award

Senior Lecturer, Dr Sebastian Riedel, has won a major AI award.

The Paul G. Allen Foundation announced last Wednesday that it has awarded $5.7 million in grants to five projects that aim to teach machines to understand what they see and read, including anything from a photograph to a chart, a diagram to an entire textbook.

Sebastian's work will investigate an approach where machines convert symbolic knowledge, read from text and other sources, into vector form, and then approximate the behavior of logic through algebraic operations. Ultimately, this approach will enable machines to pass hi... [more]

Research Student wins Best Paper at ACM CoNEXT 2014

Jie Xiong, Research Student in our Systems and Networks Research Group has won the Best Paper Award at The 10th International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (CoNEXT), hosted at University of Technology Sydney in Sydney, Australia.

CoNEXT 2014 is be a major forum for presentations and discussions of novel networking technologies that will shape the future of Internetworking. The conference is single track and features a high-quality technical program with significant opportunities for individual and small-group technical and social interactions among a diverse s... [more]

UCL CS winner at ACM Student Research Competition

Larissa Romualdo Suzuki, PhD Researcher in Software Systems Engineering and Smart Cities, is a proud winner of the ACM Student Research Competition - announced at the Grace Hopper Conference 2014. 

Winners of the Student Research Competitions held throughout the year advance to the Student Research Competition Grand Finals. Finalists and their advisors will be invited to the Annual ACM Awards Banquet for an all-expenses-paid trip, where they will be recognized for their accomplishments, along with other prestigious ACM award winners, including the winner of the Turing Award - the Nobel prize ... [more]

UCL-CS convenes UCL's first laptop orchestra

At the UCL DigiFest 2014 (, the CS Department's Music Systems Engineering Research Team (led by Dr Nicolas Gold) ran a 1.5hr session for people interested in digital music.  Participants learned about building digital instruments using the Pure Data programming language, explored the sonic possibilities of synthesised sounds, and then came together as a laptop orchestra to perform a new work composed by one of the department's PhD students, Christodoulos Aspromallis.

Laptop orchestras are an emerging type of ensemble (beginning about ten years ago with Princeton's PLOrk) chara... [more]

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