Computer Science News Archive

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]

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]

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