Computer Science News Archive

UCL partnership to explore the future of 'Connected' Healthcare

Nuffield Health has announced a partnership with UCL Faculty of Engineering to study and strongly evidence the social and economic benefits of connected healthcare – a process that brings together inputs, delivery, diagnostics, treatment, care, rehabilitation and health promotion.

Alan Payne, Chief Digital and Information Officer commented: “Nuffield Health is a unique organisation that brings health and wellbeing together through our network of hospitals and fitness & wellbeing centres. We see connected healthcare as a natural foundation for the future of how we deliver health services throu... [more]

UCL sheds light on phishing scam

Dr Steven Murdoch, Principal Research Fellow at UCL Computer Science, has responded on the BBC to a new type of phishing email that includes the recipient's home address has been received by thousands of people.

Members of the BBC Radio 4's You and Yours team were among those who received the scam emails, claiming they owed hundreds of pounds to UK firms. The firms involved have been inundated with phone calls from worried members of the public.

You and Yours reporter Shari Vahl was one of the first on the team to receive an email.

"The email has good spelling and grammar and my exact home ad... [more]

Saving Bletchley Park: out on 17 March

Saving Bletchley Park, by Sue Black, Honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL Computer Science, is released tomorrow (17 March 2016). See http://www.amazon.co.uk/Saving-Bletchley-Park-socialmedia-codebreakers/dp/1908717920.

Imagine a Britain where the most important sites of historical significance are replaced with housing estates and supermarkets. Imagine a Britain without Bletchley Park, where Alan Turing and a team of code-breakers changed the course of World War II and where thousands of women inspired future generations with their work in the fields of computing and technology. 

Now im... [more]

UCL join forces with the English National Opera and Holition

UCL Computer Science third year student Delia Gander's dissertation project is investigating how state of the art face-tracking technology combined with a novel user experience can benefit make-up artists, costume designers, performers and young audiences to the ENO. Together with Ana Moutinho, lead UX Designer, Professor Yvonne Rogers, Director of UCLIC, and Natasha Freedman, Head of Baylis, ENO, Delia has been helping to create a virtual make up app to explore how people can engage and interact with new technology in order to ’step into character’. The MagicFace app, that was developed, app... [more]

Computer Science students run first ever inspiration event for children

On Saturday 12th March, more than 40 children aged 10-18 from outer city schools gathered at UCL Engineering for HackStart, a day of tech demos, talks and workshops organised and run solely by first year Computer Science students and members of UCLU TechSoc.

Over 20 first year CS students conducted self-designed workshops and demos hoping to inspire attendees to take up STEM or Computer Science at the University level.  The topics included game development, cryptography with Python and Virtual Reality with the Oculus. Some made use of their high quality Coding Curriculum projects such as the J... [more]

Bank of England & UCL working on bitcoin alternative RSCoin

The Bank of England has partnered with UCL Computer Science to create the centrally controlled digital currency RSCoin, as reports in iT news today.

The UCL researchers involved in the project, Dr Sarah Meiklejohn and Dr George Danezis, published a paper last year at the request of the Bank of England in which they presented a framework on how a central bank can maintain monetary policy over the RSCoin without sacrificing transparency. SiliconAngle explained RSCoin would use the blockchain just like bitcoin, but that the Bank of England would hold an encryption key “that could be used to contr... [more]

Staff & students star in UCL’s International Women’s Day

The exhibition ‘Women at UCL: Presence and Absence’ was created as part of UCL's International Women's Day events to celebrate and recognise women at UCL who inspire those they work with. There was a fantastic response to the call for nominations, with over 200 submissions, which shows the real impact UCL women have on their colleagues.

The exhibition profiled women from across the UCL community. A call went out asking staff and students to nominate a woman at UCL who had influenced them – either by inspiring or encouraging, or helping them to think differently about their work or study. A pa... [more]

Classical physics in a spin

Simple “spin models” used to explain magnetism can precisely reproduce any possible phenomenon in classical, non-quantum physics, according to scientists at UCL and the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ).

This is the first time such simple ‘universal models’ have been found to exist.

The study, published this week Science, builds on pioneering work from the ‘80s which is at the interface between theoretical computer science and physics. Extremely simple computers are universal: they can in principle compute anything that can be computed. These new results show that something analog... [more]

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