Computer Science News Archive
This summer a group of 13-18 year old school students made 3D computer animated films in just seven days at the 3Dami Summer School (www.3dami.org), hosted by UCL Department of Computer Science. 3Dami is an organisation founded to promote digital art amongst pre-university students, by linking them with each other and industry, and is supported by UCL Engineering. 3Dami’s entirely free Summer School annually welcomes applications and portfolios from hundreds of applications, after which this year twenty seven school students were selected to work in three teams. They were granted complete arti... [more]
We recently hosted the UCL Engineering QuanTech project exhibition at Level 39 Incubator, Canary Wharf. It was an opportunity for major finance companies and experts to hear from our multi-discipline teams from software system engineering, risk management, quants, math, electrical and mechanical engineering specialties.
Project topics included Big Data, CRM, HFT and derivative modelling, all of which are demanded by multinational companies, and are all examples of the architecture implemented by UCL gen-Y engineers.
The Faculty of Engineering at UCL is proud to run one of the most succes... [more]
CREST Research Associate Justyna Petke's work (in collaboration with Bill Langdon and Mark Harman from CREST and Wes Weimer from the University of Virginia) has won the silver medal at the GECCO 2014 Humies (for Human Competitive Results Using Genetic and Evolutionary Computation). Justyna's approach uses Genetic Improvement to automatically find new versions of the MiniSAT solver specialised and optimised for Combinatorial Interaction Testing (CIT). The work is described in the EuroGP 2014 paper "Using Genetic Improvement & Code Transplants to Specialise a C++ Program to a Problem Class ".
The paper describes Super4PCS, an algorithm for the fast global registration of point-clouds via smart indexing.
This work has been developed in the context of large-scale scene acquisition, to register pairs of point-clouds in the same 3D frame by estimating their relative rotation and translation. Common approaches such as the Iterative Closest Point (ICP) algorithm requires input pose, while the... [more]
Dr Nicolas Courtois, Senior Lecturer in Information Security at UCL Computer Science, has been featured on Financial Times Online. Nicolas joins a panel of cryptocurrency experts to discuss a cashless society, Bitcoin and the future of payments. Nicolas is featured at 02.48 and 03.50. See the video here:
In June we welcomed our Class of '06 back for a reunion at UCL. Joined by Prof Philip Treleaven and Dr Licia Capra, who both taught our Alumni during their time studying with us, our guests enjoyed a tour of the Department and an exclusive champagne reception on the Wilkins Roof Garden.
On a warm summers afternoon our Class of '06 shared old photos, reminisced about their time here and caught up with friends. They also heard about the latest news and developments at UCL Computer Science.
The Department was also deeply grateful to receive a donation from our Class of '06. We will keep Alumni... [more]
Software and services company Polecat has been awarded the UCL Knowledge Transfer Business of the Year Award 2014 at the university’s annual awards for enterprise.
The company has been presented with the award for its work with UCL scientists to develop MeaningMine, a flagship product which enables senior decision makers to gain insight from unstructured and seemingly unrelated data in the public domain like news, blogs, social media and forum posts.
Using a combination of advanced search, text analytics and learning-based algorithms to analyse statistical and linguistic trends in this... [more]
UCL Computer Science held their annual App Awards event on the 4th June for First Year Undergraduate, MSc Computer Science and MSc Financial Computing students.
Around 220 students with some 70 apps in total have worked in teams with real world clients to develop app technologies as part of their programming and software engineering work. This is a great opportunity to celebrate our student capabilities and especially to open doors for future interdisciplinary collaborations. The large majority of these apps are for clients across UCL faculties, charities and healthcare organisations.