Computer Science News Archive

Dr Sarah Meiklejohn honoured by UC San Diego

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Dr Sarah Meiklejohn, a lecturer in the department and member of the Information Security group, has been honoured by the University of California San Diego. In recognition of the outstanding PhD dissertation she completed there in 2014, she has been awarded the 2015 Chancellor's Dissertation Medal.

Her dissertation, "Flexible Models for Secure Systems", proposes methods to track real-world cyber criminals. Professor Mihir Bellare, who recommended Meiklejohn for the honour, said that the results of her thesis "have shaped government policy". He added "the thesis introduces an innovative new ex... [more]

UCL welcomes top software engineers from NII Tokyo

This was the fourth successful year of the International Software engineering event where students from the National Institute of Informatics (NII) Tokyo国立情報学研究所 collaborate on a research project with students from UCL computer science (UCLCS).

The overall aim of this year’s big data research project was to see if Transport for London’s (TfL) cycle hire scheme could be optimised and the service improved for users and operators, using TfL’s publicly available Open Data. Dr Tanable Yoshinori brought students enrolled in NII’s TopSE (education program for top software engineers) to UCL for the f... [more]

Chirp is 1st UCL company to run a crowdfunding campaign

UCL spinout Chirp, today announces a major platform upgrade and the launch of a crowdfunding campaign on CrowdCube.

Devices ‘sing’ data to each other via a tiny audio clip called a chirp. This unique, data-over-sound technology was originally conceived in the Department of Computer Science at UCL.

By removing the need for typing addresses, entering passwords or pairing devices, Chirp makes sharing data incredibly easy. Pictures, videos and text can be chirped from anything that generates sound - including radios, TVs, mobile devices and toys.

Chirp’s crowdfunding campaign, the first for a UCL... [more]

Mediagamma secures seed funding for automated digital ad futures & options exchange

MediaGamma, the first automatic futures and options exchange for digital advertising, today announced the closing of their seed round. The company which is spun out of the Department of Computer Science at UCL and is supported by UCL Business PLC (UCLB), is focused on bringing new trading methodologies and products to the programmatic digital advertising sector— a global marketplace that will reach approximately US $53 billion by 20181.

Much like modern financial markets, the MediaGamma exchange offers the ability for buyers and sellers to agree on a price and volume for future real-time media... [more]

Gordana Novakovic to speak at Lumen Prize Digital Art Seminar

Gordana Novakovic - the Artist in Residence in the Computer Science Department - has been invited to speak about the Tesla Art|Science Interest Group and her other work at the annual Lumen Prize Digital Art Seminar on May 14th.

Lumen is an international competition and exhibition of digital art.

Prof Niloy J. Mitra announced Winner of BCS Roger Needham Award 2015, sponsored by Microsoft Research Cambridge

Professor Niloy J. Mitra has been awarded the BCS Roger Needham Award for 2015 sponsored by Microsoft Research Cambridge. The award has been made in recognition of his outstanding work in the area of computer graphics and 3D geometry.

Dr. Mitra is a Professor of Geometry Processing in the Department of Computer Science, University College London (UCL). His research focuses on extracting high-level semantic understanding of the world by analysing raw and unstructured data collections (e.g., images, scans, shape repositories). He has been developing a mathematical framework to link apparently he... [more]

Peter Kirstein wins 2015 Marconi Society Prize

Professor Peter Kirstein has been awarded the prestigious 2015 Marconi Society Prize for his ‘tireless advocacy and pioneering technical contributions to computer networking which helped establish and expand the Internet in Europe and many other parts of the world.’

The Marconi Prize is given each year to a scientist or engineer who achieves advances in communications and information technology for the social, economic and cultural development of humanity.

“Peter is often recognized as the father of the European Internet,” said Vint Cerf, co-inventor of TCP/IP protocol.  “But that phrase und... [more]

HIV spreads like internet malware and should be treated earlier

HIV specialists and network security experts at UCL noticed that the spread of HIV through the body using two methods – via the bloodstream and directly between cells – was similar to how some computer worms spread through both the internet and local networks respectively to infect as many computers as possible. They worked together to create a model for this ‘hybrid spreading’, which accurately predicted patients’ progression from HIV to AIDS in a major clinical trial.

Detailed sample data from 17 HIV patients from London were used to verify the model, showing that hybrid spreading provides t... [more]

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