Computer Science News Archive

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]

'Spherical Defence Labs' all set to fight Cyber Crime

Working towards the mission to fight cyber crime, graduates from UCL Computer Science and NIT Trichy have come together to form "Spherical Defence Labs", a new startup doing cyber security tests for PayTM and OYO Rooms.

Their inspiration was winning the second place all India at the Microsoft HackCon hacking event, and they went on to establish a global company with offices in London, Pune and California.

The founders of Spherical Defence Labs are four Cyber security experts from UCL and NIT Trichy. They have an extensive background in technology and hacking, and have won multiple events whils... [more]

Sue Black awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list

Sue Black, Honorary Senior Research Associate in the Department, has been awarded an OBE for services to technology. Sue's award is in acknowledgement of her tireless campaign to save Bletchley Park, which she started in 2008. With support from Twitter luminaries such as Stephen Fry and technology companies including Google, Bletchley Park has now been saved. 

The Bletchley Park Trust congratulated Dr Black on the award and said: "Thousands of people, including Sue Black, contributed to the saving of Bletchley Park over more than two decades. Without their collective work, the site would have... [more]

Emine Yilmaz awarded the Microsoft BCS Karen Sparck-Jones Award

The British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group (BCS IRSG) in conjunction with the BCS created the award in 2008 to commemorate the achievements of Karen Spärck Jones. Karen Spärck Jones was a Professor Emerita of Computers and Information at the University of Cambridge and one of the most remarkable women in computer science. She also works as a research consultant for Microsoft Research Cambridge.

Emine Yilmaz is a senior lecturer in the CS department and a member of the department's Media Futures group. She also works as a research consultant for Microsoft Research C... [more]

UCL-CS Graduate wins Guardian Student Media Award

The Guardian Student Media Awards have been running for 36 years. They aim to "seek out the best student writers, designers, broadcasters, editors, and photographers". The "Student media startup of the year" category is "designed to reward the most innovative and impressive experiments in media launched by students within the last three years."

Pietro Passarelli, who graduated with a distinction from UCL's MSc Computer Science programme last year, developed a web tool which allows journalists to search for quotes from a video through an automatically generated transcript and then embed the qu... [more]

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