Computer Science News Archive

UCL research student strikes silver for engineering display in Parliament

Thomas Rogers, a PhD student at UCL, took the silver certificate at a competition in the House of Commons yesterday (7 March), for his engineering research on cargo inspection, which earned him a £2,000 prize.

Thomas presented a poster about his research into automating and streamlining cargo inspection to MPs, Peers and a panel of expert judges, as part of the annual SET for Britain competition. His work was judged against 59 other shortlisted engineering researchers’ work.

Thomas said: “Although it was very tough and highly intense, I've thoroughly enjoyed this competition. The organisers, M... [more]

UCL Students win Google Firebase Hackathon

A team of four UCL Computer Science students - Tobias Büschel (MSc Computer Scienc), Kimeshan Naidoo (MSc Computer Science),  Jia Shern Tan (BEng Mechanical Engineering) and Edward Mothershaw (MSc Computer Science) has won the third annual "Static Showdown" competition presented by Google Firebase. 40 teams and about a hundred people from around the world competed.

Static Showdown is a worldwide virtual competition where teams of up to four have 48 hours to build a web app - with one catch: entries must be built without any custom server-side code. That means 100% HTML, JS, CSS and off-the-she... [more]

Virtual reality study examines GP responses when patients demand antibiotics

New UCL research finds that both trainee and senior GPs prescribed antibiotics without clinical need when faced with a virtual reality (VR) scenario where patients angrily demanded them.

The study, authored by an interdisciplinary team from UCL Laws, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL Computer Science and ICREA-University of Barcelona, is published today in PLOS One. It highlights how VR could be of significant use in the education and training of GPs and other professionals who encounter ethical dilemmas.

The scenario, which used the Oculus Rift VR system, placed both trainee and mo... [more]

Information Security MSc students second in Deloitte competition.

Capture the Flag competitions are used in computer security in order to give participants experience in securing a machine as well as conducting and reacting to the sort of attacks found in the real world.

This game was part of Deloitte's strategy of identifying promising talent in computer security. It lasted for 6 hours and included challenges on web and binary security, computer forensics, as well as some real world lock-picking challenges. Seven teams from UK universities participated. The UCL-CS team were drawn from the MSc Information Security programme and organised by Gianluca Stringh... [more]

Google Research Award winners

Dr Emiliano de Cristofaro, with co-Investigator Dr Christophe Dessimoz, is the recipient of a prestigious  Google Research Award. Their proposal, "Enabling Progress in Genomic Research via Privacy-Preserving Data Sharing", will now be supported with a $70,625.00 USD award.

Google's Reseach Award Programme is extremely competitive and receives many strong proposals in every round. All submissions are subjected to a thorough review involving several teams of Google engineers and researchers.

Congratulations to Dr Cristofaro and Dr Dessimoz.

UCL's Data Science Hackathon is the first of its kind in the UK

UCLU TechSoc and UCL Computer Science have hosted the UCL Data Science Student Challenge, powered by Microsoft Azure Machine Learning. The UCL DSSC is the fourth of its kind in the global series of hackathons, previously been held at Columbia University in New York, ENSAE in Paris, the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. Through these events, Microsoft aim to ignite a passion for data science, machine learning, analytics and to help students learn and develop valuable technical skills.

Rohan Kopparapu and Kok-Pin Chi, both students at UCL Computer Science, led a dream team of 18 TechSoc ... [more]

EPSRC Autonomous Manufacturing Research Grant

UCL Computer Science is contributing to an EPSRC funded research on Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing (Aerial ABM).  The research will develop an aerial robotic construction system that enables aerial robots to 3D print building structures autonomously.

Additive Building Manufacturing (ABM) is already being trialled in many parts of the world by the construction industry. It involves the use of large robots on a building site that extrude building materials to construct buildings, similar to a 3D printer. This process has the advantage of reducing construction times, material and transpor... [more]

UCLB spinout Satalia backs optimisation research unit

Satalia, a UCL Business spin out from the Department of Computer Science at UCL has awarded funding of €465,000 to academics at University of Klagenfurt’s Institute of Mathematics. Award-winning researcher Assistant Professor Dr. Phillip Hungerlander leads the team on this two-year project, which will generate disruptive innovations in Artificial Intelligence and Optimisation Solutions.

The pairing of the Hungerländer academics with Satalia’s own scientists forms a strong multidisciplinary research team of optimisation experts, which will apply methods such as constraint programming and hybrid... [more]

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