Computer Science News Archive

Women in CS recognise female achievements

On the 19th October the CS Ladies group met in a local tea shop  to celebrate the successes of female academics in CS this year. With four promotions and Professor Angela Sasse's election as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, there was a lot to celebrate. 

Ladies tea time is a monthly event for all female CS academics, that started last year as part of the CS Department's Athena Swan activities. If you want to find out more about the CS Ladies group, contact Ivana Drobnjak at i.drobnjak@ucl.ac.uk.

Computer Science Alumna receives pretigious IEEE awards

We were delighted to hear that UCL Computer Science alumna Eman Alashwali has received two prestigious awards from the Institute Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

The 105th IEEE Region 8 Committee Meeting held at the Grand Union Hotel in Ljubljana in 10th of October 2015 awarded Eman the Clementina Saduwa Award 2015 and the “Outstanding Counsellor for IEEE Student Branch” for her work this year. The Clementina Saduwa Award 2015 is one of the most prestigious awards in IEEE Region 8 (Europe, Middle East, Africa) dedicated for Women in Engineering (WIE). Eman was presented with a Pla... [more]

Fugue project at "Science Museum Lates"

Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the Museum on the last Wednesday of every month. The event on 28th October celebrates computing in general and Ada Lovelace in particular.

Gordana Novakovic, UCL Computer Science's artist in residence will be joined by Nina Kov and Brigitta Zics  to showcase their work and explore the connections between computing and the arts.

Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day @ UCL

Local schools, eminent guests from industry and our own staff and students came together to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day @ UCL. Recognised internationally, Ada Lovelace Day is a  celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) - taking the name of the first computer programmer - and is aimed at inspiring the next generation of computer scientists.

Sixty school students and their teachers spent the day with us discovering the interdisciplinary nature of Computer Science; hearing from our keynote speaker Lesley Payne, Global Institute of Digital Healt... [more]

Research using statistical NLP algorithm reveals Twitter users' age, gender & socioeconomic status

Computer Science Research Associates Dr Vasileios Lampos and Dr Nikolaos Aletra have collaborated with researchers from the University of Pennsylvania to publish a paper about Twitter - connecting a person’s words to age, gender, even socioeconomic status, and taking the next step to linking the online behavior of more than 5,000 Twitter users to their income bracket.

The team published their results in the journal PLOS ONE.

Some of the results validated what's already known, for instance, that a person's words can reveal age and gender, and that these are tied to income. But there were also... [more]

Angela Sasse elected Royal Academy of Engineering Fellow

Angela Sasse, Professor of Human-Centred Security and Head of Information Security Research at UCL Computer Science and Director of the UK Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security (RISCS) is among 50 new Fellows elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The newly elected Fellows represent the cream of the UK engineering profession, including technologists from world-leading engineering companies and distinguished academics from renowned research institutions.

Professor Dame Ann Dowling DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “The commitment and energy of ... [more]

Interactive design framework paper featured in CACM

A paper by UCL-CS Professor of Geometry Processing Niloy Mitra, Nobuyuki Umetani (Autodesk) and Takeo Igarashi (The University of Tokyo), has been featured in the prestigious journal "Communications of the ACM". Nobuyuki Umetani, was a visiting student at UCL-CS in 2012 and a PhD candidate at University of Tokyo  when this work was done. The paper, entitled "Guided Exploration of Physically Valid Shapes for Furniture Design", describes an interactive framework for the design of furniture. 

It is common to use computers to design shapes of physical objects such as furniture, but geometric mode... [more]

Artificial intelligence improves fine wine price prediction

The price fluctuation of fine wines can now be predicted more accurately using a novel artificial intelligence approach developed by researchers at UCL. The method could be used to help fine wine investors make more informed decisions about their portfolios and encourage non-wine investors to start looking at wine in this manner and hence increase the net trade of wine. It is expected that similar techniques will be used in other ‘alternative assets’ such as classic cars.

Co-author, Dr Tristan Fletcher, an academic at UCL and founder of quantitative wine asset management firm Invinio, said: “P... [more]

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