Computer Science News Archive

MSc in Information Security awarded full certification by NCSC

UCL’s Department of Computer Science’s MSc in Information Security has been successfully awarded full certification from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

Master’s degree programmes in cyber security can broaden the understanding of security concepts and technologies and provide a bridge between undergraduate education and careers in cyber security. However, with so many UK universities running Master’s degrees containing cyber security content, it can be difficult for students and employers alike to assess the quality on offer and identify the degree that best suits someone’s prefer... [more]

SIGCOMM Best Paper Award for Mark Handley

A paper by Prof. Mark Handley of UCL-CS and colleagues at University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania and University of Cambridge, UK has won the best paper award at the prestigious SIGCOMM 2017 conference.

Their paper, "Re-Architecting Datacenter Networks and Stacks for Low Latency" describes a rather radical new approach to how to coordinate transfers of data among large populations of servers within a data center:

  • use switches with tiny buffers;
  • let senders blast fast from the start;  
  • under congestion, have switches trim packets to just headers, which indicate to the receiver which s... [more]

Satalia is teaching Programming for Business Analytics

Satalia

Satalia, a spin-out of UCL, is further cementing its close links with academia by becoming the second company after Google’s DeepMind to teach a module in UCL’s computer science department.

Satalia is known for being a pioneer in applying AI techniques to industry, reinventing how organisations work and was the only British company named as a Gartner Cool Vendor in Data Science in 2016.  

Satalia has long supported dissertation projects within UCL, enabling students to do cutting-edge exploratory work with real industry clients. This partnership will enhance the students’ exposure to fascina... [more]

Measuring distance with a single photo

UCL MonoDepth software in action (credit: Dr Gabriel Brostow)

The method, published today at CVPR 2017, gives state-of-the-art results and works with existing photos, allowing any camera to map the depth for every pixel it captures.

The technology has a wide variety of applications, from augmented reality in computer games and apps, to robot interaction, and self-driving cars. Historical images and videos can also be analysed by the software, which is useful for reconstruction of incidents or to automatically convert 2D films into immersive 3D.

“Inferring object-range from a simple image by using real-time software has a whole host of potential uses,... [more]

Digitally remastered wire art to be showcased at SIGGRAPH 2017

A new image-based method captures the complexities of thin structures, providing an innovative technique to reconstruct wiry objects digitally - just from a few input images. The novel computational method is poised for wide reach, by animators to depict the behavior of any wire- or cable-like object or by the medical practitioners to examine networks of thin structures, like a network of blood vessels.

Developed by computer scientists at University of Hong Kong, Adobe Research and UCL, "Image-based Reconstruction of Wire Art," will be one of several innovative computer graphics and interactiv... [more]

UCL improves insights for surgeons

UCL Computer Science is exploring how Microsoft HoloLens can transform medical imaging, such as CT scans, into 3D models. Surgeons can then use these three-dimensional anatomical holograms to plan for complicated surgeries and to help patients get a clearer picture and better understanding of their own bodies.

A collaboration between University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UCL Computer Science, and NHS Code4Health, under the Platform for Enhanced Analytics and Computational Healthcare (PEACH), is developing the technology to help surgeons understand the specific anatomy and c... [more]

Smart detectors to monitor urban bat life

The activity of urban bats in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London is being monitored in real-time using new, automated smart detectors that have been developed and installed by UCL and Intel scientists in collaboration with Arup, the Bat Conservation Trust and the London Wildlife Trust.

Bats are a good indicator species, so are often used to measure how healthy our environment is. By detecting bat ultrasonic calls, the monitors will track species present and their activity levels and display the information to the public. This will provide an insight into the wildlife health of the Park ove... [more]

Bio-Inspired Robotics Summer School success

As part of the week-long celebrations for UK National Robotics Week, UCL Computer Science, led by Professor Steve Hailes and Dr Rae Harbird, hosted a Bio-Inspired Robotics Summer School.

Year 12 school students from local London schools had the opportunity to use their creativity and ingenuity to design and build robots that can jump, walk and slither. They were taught by world-leading experts in the field of robotics from academia and industry; and were encouraged to think about issues around functionality, autonomy, intelligence, control and structures of bio-inspired robots and experiment w... [more]

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