Computer Science News Archive

Prof Niloy J. Mitra announced Winner of BCS Roger Needham Award 2015, sponsored by Microsoft Research Cambridge

Professor Niloy J. Mitra has been awarded the BCS Roger Needham Award for 2015 sponsored by Microsoft Research Cambridge. The award has been made in recognition of his outstanding work in the area of computer graphics and 3D geometry.

Dr. Mitra is a Professor of Geometry Processing in the Department of Computer Science, University College London (UCL). His research focuses on extracting high-level semantic understanding of the world by analysing raw and unstructured data collections (e.g., images, scans, shape repositories). He has been developing a mathematical framework to link apparently he... [more]

Peter Kirstein wins 2015 Marconi Society Prize

Professor Peter Kirstein has been awarded the prestigious 2015 Marconi Society Prize for his ‘tireless advocacy and pioneering technical contributions to computer networking which helped establish and expand the Internet in Europe and many other parts of the world.’

The Marconi Prize is given each year to a scientist or engineer who achieves advances in communications and information technology for the social, economic and cultural development of humanity.

“Peter is often recognized as the father of the European Internet,” said Vint Cerf, co-inventor of TCP/IP protocol.  “But that phrase und... [more]

HIV spreads like internet malware and should be treated earlier

HIV specialists and network security experts at UCL noticed that the spread of HIV through the body using two methods – via the bloodstream and directly between cells – was similar to how some computer worms spread through both the internet and local networks respectively to infect as many computers as possible. They worked together to create a model for this ‘hybrid spreading’, which accurately predicted patients’ progression from HIV to AIDS in a major clinical trial.

Detailed sample data from 17 HIV patients from London were used to verify the model, showing that hybrid spreading provides t... [more]

MSc Computer Science students win #BuildTheNews Hackathon

Last weekend UCL MSc Computer Science student Pietro Passarelli took part in the #BuildTheNews Hackaton organised by The Times ( - and was part of the winning team.

Pietro commented on the hackathon:

"I am interested in learning more about NLP and I thought this would have been a good chance to try out a video system that would generate transcription, identify the different speakers, provide summary of main topics and keywords as well as the emotional charge of the speaker.We decided to use the upcoming elections debate  as a use case, but this could be gen... [more]

Register now for London Hopper 2015

UCL Computer Science and the BCS Academy will be presenting the 11th. London Hopper Colloquium on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 at the BCS headquarters in London. This 1-day event is free and will feature women speakers talking about their research, a spotlight competition open to postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers, and lots of opportunities to network with other new researchers in computing.

Confirmed speakers and titles of their talks are:

· Dr. Tracy Hall, Brunel University: Understanding, Finding and Eliminating Faults in Software

· Professor Carron Shankland, University of Sti... [more]

Students take part in Microsoft Band Hackathon

At Microsoft Ventures Whitechapel, David Xiao and Mark Menezes from UCL Computer Science (BSC and MEng First Years) took part in a prestigious early access hackathon of the yet-to-the-released in the UK Microsoft Band


After arriving early in the afternoon, the students along with other participants were briefed with a short presentation about the Microsoft Band, describing the capabilities of the Microsoft Band, and potential uses.

When the presentation ended, ideas for apps were discussed, where David came up with the idea of creating an app th... [more]

Fully-funded PhD scholarships in digital health & wellbeing

Applications are invited from prospective PhD students and UCL staff for three-year fully funded PhD scholarships in digital health and wellbeing. Students may be based in any academic discipline, such as computer science, behaviour science and human-computer interaction.

Bupa Global Institute for Digital Health Excellence (GLIDHE) is a new partnership between UCL and Bupa, established to develop digital health enabled solutions, evidenced by research.

The Institute will focus on the development of predictive techniques for behaviour change that are sustainable, to reduce the global burden ... [more]

UCL Interaction Centre Researcher wins British Library Competition

Sarah Wiseman was awarded 1st place in the #ShareMyThesis competition 2015.

The #ShareMyThesis competition challenged PhD students past and present to summarise why their PhD research is important  - in 140 characters or less. The competition was open worldwide.

Sarah's research was on "The Importance of Understanding Number Entry". As motivation for her research she notes "... many people have lost a lot of money by sending it to the wrong person. But that’s only money. Sometimes the consequences of number entry error can be even more severe: when a doctor or nurse types a number incorrect... [more]

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