Computer Science News Archive

Great Ormond Street Hospital and UCL partnership set to revolutionise how technology is used in hospitals

A new unit set to transform the use of technology including artificial intelligence in healthcare and improve patient outcomes is being opened at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). The state-of-the-art unit, called DRIVE – Digital, Research, Informatics and Virtual Environments – is the first of its kind in the world. It is both a physical and conceptual unit and is the result of a unique partnership between GOSH, UCL and leading industry experts in technology, artificial intelligence and digital innovation. 

The idea behind DRIVE is to create a unique informatics hub to harness the power o... [more]

Carlo Innamorati wins the Best Student Paper Honourable Mention Award

The paper, Learning on the Edge: Explicit Boundary Handling in CNNs, proposes an innovative solution as an alternative to commonly used padding strategies in convolutions for Convolutional Neural Networks. The main insight is represented by the fact that standard padding strategies introduce a bias that is  propagated through the entire pipeline. The alternative presented in the paper allows networks to learn to alleviate this bias on their own. The method proved to be more effective than established strategies  on a variety of image processing tasks such as De-bayering and Colorization. For m... [more]

Larissa Suzuki to be a Finalist at the 2018 WISE Awards

We are delighted that an alumna of the Department, Larissa Suzuki, has been named as a finalist at the WISE Awards 2018. Larissa, whose work has pioneered smart cities and data infrastructures to address poverty, safety, transportation and infrastructure issues, has been nominated as one of three finalists for the “WISE Innovation Award”, generously sponsored by BAM Nuttall.

The WISE campaign seeks to enable and energise people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Workin... [more]

John Shawe-Taylor becomes new UNESCO Chair in Artificial Intelligence

We are delighted to announce that the National Commission for UNESCO has recently approved the establishment of a UNESCO Chair on Artificial Intelligence at UCL. The Chairholder role has been awarded to John Shawe-Taylor, Professor of Computational Statistics and Machine Learning and Head of Department at UCL Computer Science.

The Chair on Artificial Intelligence will study the field as a driver, and as a component for solutions and strategies to assist the achievement of international Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will contribute not only to the way information can be intelligentl... [more]

Alexandra Silva Receives BCS Roger Needham Award 2018

We are delighted to announce that Professor Alexandra Silva was awarded the BCS Roger Needham Award 2018 sponsored by Microsoft Research Cambridge last month. The award has been made in recognition of her outstanding work which has been instrumental in fostering the field of coalgebraic modelling and reasoning – and has made a significant impact to automata learning and program verification.

Alexandra Silva is Professor of Algebra, Semantics, and Computation at University College London. Previously recognised in 2017 with the EATCS Presburger Award, the Roger Needham Award recognises the pre... [more]

Data science and energy systems students get the best of two hemispheres

There is just over a month to go for prospective students who want to apply for entry into two exciting international postgraduate programs in energy systems and data science - and if their application is successful, they could be studying in London this year. 

Building on UniSA’s strong partnership with University College London, two new joint masters’ programs – the Master of Science in Data Science (International) and Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Systems - will commence in September. 

UniSA Pro Vice Chancellor: IT, Engineering and the Environment, Professor Simon Beecham says t... [more]

Senior Academic and Research Fellow Promotions Announced

We are delighted to announce the following new academic and research fellow promotions in the Department of Computer Science.

Head of Department, Professor John Shawe-Taylor, sent a personal note of congratulations to his eight newly promoted colleagues: "I am so proud to see the leaders of tomorrow emerging from our ranks. All of those who been recognised for their outstanding achievements in this year's senior promotions' list are truly deserving."


Dr David Barber – Promotion to Professor of Machine Learning

David leads a team of around 10 PhD students at UCL on machine learning, with ... [more]

UCL Computer Vision Spin-Out Acquired by Niantic Inc.

UCL spin-out Matrix Mill Ltd, a company specialising in applying artificial intelligence and machine vision research to solve industry problems, has been acquired by Niantic Labs Inc., an augmented reality (AR) technology company famous for the mobile game phenomenon Pokémon Go.

Matrix Mill was co-founded by Dr Gabriel Brostow, of UCL Computer Science, with two of his team, Dr Michael Firman and Dr Daniyar Turmukhambetov, following years of pioneering research into building and perfecting deep neural networks that can infer information about the surrounding world, from one or more cameras.

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