Computer Science News Archive

Gordana Novakovic to speak at "Web We Want" festival

Gordana Novakovic, the CS Department's artist in residence, has been invited to speak at panel discussion at the "Web We Want" festival of creative workshops, digital art and talks to celebrate how and why the World-wide Web has transformed the world.

The panel is entitled 'Neuroplasticity and the Web: How Technology is Changing the Brain' and will address the question "In this age of rapid technological development ... is technology affecting the architecture of our brains."

1st yr undergrads at Microsoft's Devices & Networking Summit

In collaboration with Microsoft UK, Microsoft Research and Microsoft USA, the UCL Engduino has successfully been integrated with the TouchDevelop programming environment which was demonstrated at the Microsoft Research Devices and Networking Summit 2015 in Paris.

This hands-on model of teaching kids to program with devices and sensors opens doors to a huge arena of CS education. A cohort of first year Computer Science students have developed the UCL Coding Curriculum, which will be updated yearly with exercises for school children to learn to code with.

At the Summit in Paris, five of the fir... [more]

Dr Steve Hailes receives Engineering Engagement Outstanding Contribution Award

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Dr Steve Hailes (Department of Computer Science) has received the Outstanding Contribution Award at the Provost's Engineering Engagement Awards ceremony

Steve Hailes commented: "this is actually a result of teamwork. The department (and faculty) set out to be more proactive in engaging with the school community, and many people have bought into that and have put a lot of hard work into making it a success. There have been too many to name individually, but they range from those in my research group to the department's professional services staff, teaching staff and students. Most import... [more]

Dr Sarah Meiklejohn honoured by UC San Diego

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Dr Sarah Meiklejohn, a lecturer in the department and member of the Information Security group, has been honoured by the University of California San Diego. In recognition of the outstanding PhD dissertation she completed there in 2014, she has been awarded the 2015 Chancellor's Dissertation Medal.

Her dissertation, "Flexible Models for Secure Systems", proposes methods to track real-world cyber criminals. Professor Mihir Bellare, who recommended Meiklejohn for the honour, said that the results of her thesis "have shaped government policy". He added "the thesis introduces an innovative new ex... [more]

UCL welcomes top software engineers from NII Tokyo

This was the fourth successful year of the International Software engineering event where students from the National Institute of Informatics (NII) Tokyo国立情報学研究所 collaborate on a research project with students from UCL computer science (UCLCS).

The overall aim of this year’s big data research project was to see if Transport for London’s (TfL) cycle hire scheme could be optimised and the service improved for users and operators, using TfL’s publicly available Open Data. Dr Tanable Yoshinori brought students enrolled in NII’s TopSE (education program for top software engineers) to UCL for the f... [more]

Chirp is 1st UCL company to run a crowdfunding campaign

UCL spinout Chirp, today announces a major platform upgrade and the launch of a crowdfunding campaign on CrowdCube.

Devices ‘sing’ data to each other via a tiny audio clip called a chirp. This unique, data-over-sound technology was originally conceived in the Department of Computer Science at UCL.

By removing the need for typing addresses, entering passwords or pairing devices, Chirp makes sharing data incredibly easy. Pictures, videos and text can be chirped from anything that generates sound - including radios, TVs, mobile devices and toys.

Chirp’s crowdfunding campaign, the first for a UCL... [more]

Mediagamma secures seed funding for automated digital ad futures & options exchange

MediaGamma, the first automatic futures and options exchange for digital advertising, today announced the closing of their seed round. The company which is spun out of the Department of Computer Science at UCL and is supported by UCL Business PLC (UCLB), is focused on bringing new trading methodologies and products to the programmatic digital advertising sector— a global marketplace that will reach approximately US $53 billion by 20181.

Much like modern financial markets, the MediaGamma exchange offers the ability for buyers and sellers to agree on a price and volume for future real-time media... [more]

Gordana Novakovic to speak at Lumen Prize Digital Art Seminar

Gordana Novakovic - the Artist in Residence in the Computer Science Department - has been invited to speak about the Tesla Art|Science Interest Group and her other work at the annual Lumen Prize Digital Art Seminar on May 14th.

Lumen is an international competition and exhibition of digital art.

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