Computer Science News Archive

Computer Science examines the effect of immigration on wealth inequality

The recent surge in economic inequality, together with current immigration pressures, are among the most distressing social and economic issues of our times.

In a recently published paper 'To what extent does immigration affect inequality?' (Physica A 2016 written by Tomaso Aste, Professor of Complexity Science and Head of UCL's Financial Computing & Analytics Research Group, with Yonatan Berman of Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, the links between these two phenomena are investigated, and highlights that immigration does not have a major impact on ... [more]

Restored artefact joins the UNESCO Register of World Heritage

A project led by researchers at UCL has resulted in an artefact being granted World Heritage Status by UNESCO.

The Great Parchment Book of The Honourable The Irish Society has been likened to the Domesday Book, a great land survey of England from 1086. It will be honoured at UNESCO's UK Memory of the World awards in Cardiff. The event marks heritage collections of 'outstanding significance to the UK'.

Researchers from UCL including Professor Tim Weyrich, member of UCL’s Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics group, and Professor Melissa Terras, Director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humani... [more]

UCL Engineering's response to the EU Referendum Result

A message from The Provost

The outcome of the referendum is now known. While UCL did not take a formal position during the referendum campaign, I have given my personal view and you will have heard many other voices from the UCL community. The loss of EU membership will have a clear impact on universities such as UCL, particularly around the mobility of students and funding of research.

Today, more than ever, I want to reaffirm that UCL remains a global university through our outlook, people and enduring international partnerships. I also want in particular to address UCL’s staff and students... [more]

Anthony Finkelstein awarded CBE

UCL Computer Science congratulates Anthony Finkelstein, Professor of Software Systems Engineering and member of UCL's Software Systems Engineering Group, on receiving a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, announced on 11 June 2016.

Anthony's award is for services to Computer Science and Engineering; he was head of UCL Computer Science until 2010, before becoming Dean of UCL's Faculty of Engineering. In 2015 he took up a base for his research and scholarly work at The Alan Turing Institute, the UK National Institute for the Data Sciences.

Anthony is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of... [more]

Data science used to predict crimes in Chicago

Victor Yip, Ilias Antoniou and Vladislav Ligay have built an interactive website to visualise and predict crimes in Chicago using data science. The team, comprised of students working towards an MSc Business Analytics at UCL, has built the prescriptive analytic tool with the aim of assisting the Chicago Police Force in mobilising patrol units.

With data from the Chicago Data Portal and Twitter, they were able to visualise the occurrence of crimes and tweets between 7 April & 12 May 2016.

They have trained a support vector machines model to predict likelihood of crim... [more]

UCL hosts first-ever CS50 Hackathon London

On Friday 27th May more than 120 students gathered at UCL Institute of Education for the first-ever CS50 Hackathon London.

CS50 is Harvard University's introductory course in computer science that's also freely available online via In the last years, the course has gained immense popularity around the world through its offering as a MOOC and is now not only taught at Harvard but also at Yale University. While CS50 has run hackathons at both universities and in other cities in the US, this is the first time they have come across the pond to hold a hackathon.

The latter provided studen... [more]

Computer Science students included in UCLU's StARs Roll of Honour

Two UCL Computer Science Student Academic Representatives (StARs) have been included in UCLU's 2016 Roll Of Honour.

Angelos Pillos, an MSc Financial Systems Engineering student, and Konstantinos Metallinos, a MSc Computational Statistics and Machine Learning student, have been awarded the Advanced Stars Certificate.

The StARs scheme is a partnership between UCL and UCLU.  The StARs scheme helps to ensure that every student at UCL is effectively represented in their department, faculty, the University and UCLU.  Through such effective representation students become partners in their education,... [more]

Computer Science in the media: Steven Murdoch comments on telephone metadata

A new paper out this week looks into exactly what the act of making a phone call can reveal. The study, which was led by Patrick Mutchler and Jonathan Mayer at Stanford University, is the culmination of work that started in 2013 looking into what metadata really can show.

The study involved collecting metadata volunteered by 823 participants, in total, more than 250,000 calls, and 1 million text messages. Steven Murdoch, Principal Research Fellow at UCL's Information Security Research Group, has been featured on the BBC and in The Telegraph, commenting on its legality. "This paper confirms wh... [more]

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