Computer Science News Archive

Professor Michael Jordan Delivers Distinguished Lecture at UCL

 

On Tuesday 16 January, Professor Michael Jordan delivered a distinguished lecture at UCL on the topic of “Computational Thinking, Inferential Thinking and Data Science.” The lecture was attended by over 200 students and staff of the UCL Department of Computer Science, and the wider UCL Engineering community. 

In his opening address, Professor John Shawe-Taylor, Head of the Department of Computer Science, thanked Professor Jordan for his visit: “Michael is a world-renowned researcher, bridging the fields of computational, statistical, cognitive and biological sciences. It is a great honour t... [more]

CS Student Honoured with Top Romanian Accolade

 

Andrei Margeloiu has been awarded a distinction as one of the top 3 Romanian undergraduate students studying in Europe. The award was presented at an annual gala organised by the League of Romanian Students Abroad, which took place on 4 January 2018 at the Romanian Parliament.

Andrei, who is in his 2nd year of BSc Computer Science at UCL, was presented with this award as a result of his outstanding academic achievements. This award comes in addition to being ranked the top undergraduate Romanian student in the UK by the Romanian Ambassador to London, Dan Mihalache.

On receiving the award, ... [more]

A Heartfelt Thanks to Jill Saunders

At the end of this term, academic and professional staff in UCL Computer Science must bid farewell to long-standing Departmental Administration Manager, Jill Saunders. While Jill will not be moving far, taking up a role elsewhere in the Engineering Faculty, she will be greatly missed by all who have had the pleasure to work with her.

Jill joined CS in August 1996 as the (then) Departmental Administrator, and she has been a guiding force through an inconceivable amount of change, growth, challenges and successes.

 

Please join us in expressing a heartfelt thanks to Jill for her outstanding work... [more]

Bringing Computer Science to Life: Work Experience at UCLCS

In October, UCLCS enjoyed the company of Izzy Sebire, a sixth form student from Tormead School, Surrey. Izzy, who is passionate about pursuing a career in Computer Science, sent us this reflection on her time with the department:

"As a sixth form student studying computer science and maths, I was lucky enough to do work experience at UCLCS in October half term. During the week, I shadowed experts in exciting disciplines of computer science including interaction design, physical computing, Internet of Things, autonomous systems, machine learning and AI.

I also got to experience what life is ... [more]

Yvonne Rogers Elected a 2017 ACM Fellow

We are delighted to announce that Professor Yvonne Rogers has been named one of the 2017 Fellows of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).

Yvonne, who is Professor of Interaction Design and Director of UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC), receives this recognition for her outstanding contributions to human-computer interaction and the design of human-centred technology.

“Yvonne’s selection as an ACM Fellow is further testimony to her achievements in the field. A wonderful colleague and leader, she has demonstrated brilliance in her work and in its application to change our world for the b... [more]

ERC Consolidator Grant for Nataša Pržulj

Professor Nataša Pržulj has won a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant to fund her research entitled Integrated Connectedness for a New Representation of Biology (ICON-BIO). As one of just 7 recipients at UCL, she will receive €2 million over 5 years for her research.

Grants of this kind are the most prestigious single PI grants, and in this awarding round, only 13% of the 2538 research proposals will be funded. Natasa has previously received an ERC Starting Grant for her project Biological Network Topology Complements Genome as a Source of Biological Information for 2012-2017.

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Larissa Suzuki awarded the Women’s Engineering Society Award

 

UCL alumna Dr Larissa Suzuki has won a prestigious IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year award.

31 year old Larissa, who is Head of Data Science at Founders4School, was presented with the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) prize at the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year awards ceremony in central London last night.

On winning, Larissa said: “I am very proud and honoured to have received the award. It is a great motivation for me to continue to support women in Computing and Technology, and to ensure the success of current and past women in Computing is recognised.”

Benita Mehra, Preside... [more]

EPSRC announce £3.8M in IRC Next Steps funding for i-sense

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have announced £3.8M in IRC Next Steps funding awarded to i-sense for their pioneering development of agile early warning sensing systems for infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance. 

Led by Professor Rachel McKendry at UCL, i-sense is an interdisciplinary research collaboration (IRC) on the cusp of revolutionalising the way we track, test and treat infectious disease globally.

The funding is part of a larger £11M boost to EPSRC’s three IRCs to support the development of leading healthcare research into National Centres o... [more]

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