Computer Science News Archive

Bug-finding MaJiCKe finds a home at Facebook

The UCL Computer Science team behind spinout software testing technology MaJiCKe are moving on to work with Facebook in London. The technology uses the academic field of Search Based Software Engineering to remove ‘much of the drudgery’ of testing software, while still finding bugs.

The company’s three co-founders Prof Mark Harman (Scientific Advisor), Dr Yue Jia (CEO), and Ke Mao (CTO) are members of UCL Computer Science's Centre for Research on Evolution, Search and Testing (CREST) and are currently partly funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Prof Harman co... [more]

UCL students learn state-of-the-art AI in DeepMind partnership

DeepMind is known internationally as a leader in an area of computer science called machine learning.  Now senior DeepMind staff are joining forces with UCL’s Department of Computer Science to share their knowledge by delivering a state-of-the-art Master’s level training module called Advanced Topics in Machine Learning.

This new module will provide a key component of UCL’s Machine Learning Master’s programmes and will cover some of the most sophisticated topics in artificial intelligence.  The first of these lectures will take place in January 2017.

The course focuses on deep learning and rei... [more]

UCL Media Futures Group discovers Star Wars bots on Twitter

A team from the UCL Media Furures Group, led by Shi Zhou has discovered a Twitter botnet – which they think could comprise more than 350,000 accounts – that has tweeted thousands of random quotations from Star Wars novels. Shi Zhou and his research student Juan Echeverria Guzman accidentally stumbled upon the botnet after taking a random sample of 1 per cent of Twitter users. When plotted on a map, a strange pattern appeared. More than 3000 of them were within two oddly uniform rectangles: one roughly covering Europe and North Africa and one over North America.

The researchers used these 3000... [more]