Computer Science News Archive

Interactive design framework paper featured in CACM

A paper by UCL-CS Professor of Geometry Processing Niloy Mitra, Nobuyuki Umetani (Autodesk) and Takeo Igarashi (The University of Tokyo), has been featured in the prestigious journal "Communications of the ACM". Nobuyuki Umetani, was a visiting student at UCL-CS in 2012 and a PhD candidate at University of Tokyo  when this work was done. The paper, entitled "Guided Exploration of Physically Valid Shapes for Furniture Design", describes an interactive framework for the design of furniture. 

It is common to use computers to design shapes of physical objects such as furniture, but geometric mode... [more]

Artificial intelligence improves fine wine price prediction

The price fluctuation of fine wines can now be predicted more accurately using a novel artificial intelligence approach developed by researchers at UCL. The method could be used to help fine wine investors make more informed decisions about their portfolios and encourage non-wine investors to start looking at wine in this manner and hence increase the net trade of wine. It is expected that similar techniques will be used in other ‘alternative assets’ such as classic cars.

Co-author, Dr Tristan Fletcher, an academic at UCL and founder of quantitative wine asset management firm Invinio, said: “P... [more]

Coding 'transplant' could revolutionise programming

Code has been automatically "transplanted" from one piece of software to another for the first time, with researchers claiming the breakthrough could radically change how computer programs are created.

The process, demonstrated by researchers at University College London, has been likened to organ transplantation in humans. Known as MuScalpel, it works by isolating the code of a useful feature in a 'donor' program and transplanting this "organ" to the right "vein" in software lacking the feature. Almost all of the transplant is automated, with minimal human involvement.

Automated transplants o... [more]

UCL Engineering & The Bartlett to expand into new space at Here East

UCL Engineering and The Bartlett, UCL’s faculty of the Built Environment, will be expanding into premises at Here East on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in early 2016.

Next year, UCL will take possession of 3,000 square metres of 10 metre high studio space at Here East which will be used to undertake ground-breaking research in areas including architecture, infrastructure, transport, robotics, healthcare, manufacturing and environmental measurement. UCL will also develop new education programmes in creative design, using film and performance as well as robotic and networked screen technologies.

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UCL is founder member of EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network

The UK’s ability to develop and exploit the vast potential of Robotics and Autonomous Systems was given a major boost today with the formal launch of The EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network).

The Network will bring together the UK’s core academic capabilities in robotics innovation under national coordination for the first time and encourage academic and industry collaborations that will accelerate the development and adoption of robotics and autonomous systems.

The Network will be unveiled this evening at the Science Museum in London following a public lecture o... [more]

UCL's Team Chime are Atos IT Challenge 2015 finalists

We were delighted that Team Chime from UCL Computer Science finished 3rd at the ATOS IT Challenge 2015 in Paris, with a design for the doorbell of the future, which lets you answer your door from your phone anywhere, anytime.

The theme for this year’s Atos IT Challenge was Connected Living. Participating students were asked to uncover the opportunities enabled by the Third Digital Revolution  which will see 25 billion objects connected to the Internet by 2018. Knowing that the benefit of connecting people, devices, processes, location and other data sources will be measured in how new service... [more]

Term closes with 4th annual robot race

Term closed with our first year undergraduate students taking part in our annual robot race. The event, now in its fourth year, is the culmination of the Robotics Programming module. This takes hands-on project work and programming skills already learned to encourage students to solve problems, including devising strategies for structuring code, dividing problems up into pieces that can be solved independently, then integrating the pieces into a whole to solve a larger problem.

As the race days approach, students are still unaware of the track layout, on the ray days they must battle the cloc... [more]

DUCO awards 2nd Year Undergrad cash prizes

We were delighted to welcome award winning fintech company DUCO to award their sponsored cash prizes for the best Computer Science 2nd Year Undergraduate Proof of Concept Projects. 

The Department is grateful to DUCO for their support and we thank UCL alumnus Dr Christian Nentwich, CEO and Co-Founder of DUCO, and Mr Michael Marconi, Co-Founder of Duco, for joining us at our prizegiving and announcing the project Guy’s and St Thomas’ Personalised Treatment Pathway & Patient Journal Project as the winner. Our congratulations go to Alexander Gamble, Henry Scott-Green and Iustin Sibiescu as winnin... [more]

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