Computer Science News Archive

London Hopper 2014

London Hopper Colloquium 2014 took place on Thursday 22 May at the BCS Office, London.

The London Hopper Colloquia grew out of the Scottish Hopper Colloquia, and are modelled on the American Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing which is designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. These annual American meetings are held as a tribute to Admiral Grace Murray Hopper - pioneer of the computer business language COBOL - who inspired many young U.S. Naval computing students during her heyday and still continues to inspire computer scientists a... [more]

UCL Winner in Credit Suisse IT Challenge

Reece Doyle, MEng Computer Science student, is a winner in Credit Suisse's IT Challenge.

Participants are encouraged to put their analytical thinking skills to the test by answering two quizzes and two open-ended questions. Reece was awarded second prize, Amazon vouchers worth £250 and dinner with senior Credit Suisse representatives in London.

The Department is delighted for Reece. We support student competitions and are pleased to enjoy strong links with Credit Suisse - a global leader in finance and technology.

EngD Student wins Bright Ideas Award

Jozef Dobos, a student on the EngD Programme in Virtual Environments Imaging and Visualisation, has won a UCL Bright Ideas Award for "3D Repro" - an open source version control system for coordinated management of large 3D data over the Internet.

3D Repro is currently the only cloud-based solution able to support collaborative development and transmission of 3D models and metadata as well as rendering on the scale required by the industry. This system offers significant improvements in the Building Information Modelling (BIM) workflow not possible otherwise. Instead of stakeholders sharing ma... [more]

UCL Hosts Imagine Cup UK National Finals

UCL Computer Science recently played host to the UK National Finals of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup competition. The world’s premier technology competition is open to students from across the country, and UCL was honoured to host the UK national final. The twelve best teams of student came together to pitch their product ideas to a panel of experts in a bid to win a place in the World Finals in Seattle, as well as a $50,000 prize. UCL was well represented with three teams in the final twelve; hard drive developers Cloudette, wireless filesharers Nearshare, and gamers BoltPushRush.

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Students present Proof of Concepts to industry leaders and tech experts

UCL Computer Science opened its doors to industry and the public for a showcase of "Proof of Concepts" technologies in a live demos, presentation and Q&A event on Wednesday 30 April.

As part of a UCL Engineering programme of Industry Exchange project activities, 2nd Year Undergraduates have been working on innovative solutions to practical problems over two terms. This culminated in this showcase event, which also included collaborative partners in UCL Electrical Engineering and UCL Management Science and Innovation. The categories of the projects include Big Data, Healthcare Technologies, In... [more]

Project paper wins prize at Eurographics 2014

Two UCL researchers, Melinos Averkiou and Niloy J. Mitra have co-authored a paper which won second prize at the 35th Eurographics conference in Strasbourg. The paper focuses on the problem of identifying recurring parts from a graphical model. The team's key observation was that "while a direct comparison of part geometry can be ambiguous, part arrangements, being higher level structures, remain consistent, and hence can be used to discover latent commonalities among semantically related shapes".

IBM Hackathon for UCL Computer Science students

The IBM Tivoli Development team ran IBM’s first hackday with UCL students on 2 April in the IBM Client Centre at the IBM offices on the South Bank. 11 UCL students with little previous exposure to the complexities of managing a large IT infrastructure competed to create a working prototype solution to visualize enterprise management data in 6 under hours.

 

The briefing

One week prior to the event IBM volunteers presented at UCL on the challenges enterprises face in managing IT infrastructures due to the constantly increasing amounts of data and connectivity. The IBM team explaned how these ... [more]

Undergraduate Research Group Projects: Prize Winners

On Wednesday 26th March, 3rd year UCL-CS MEng students presented the outcome of their Research Group Projects during a mini-conference event that marked the end of their research module. Five projects in five different research areas have taken place this year: from computational social science to human computer interaction, from information retrieval to natural language processing, to software engineering.

A panel of academics was in charge of nominating the Best Research Group Project of the year. Competition was tough and in the end two projects were equally ranked first: "Task Identificat... [more]

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