Computer Science News Archive

Hackin' the City

Organised by the UCL Financial Industry Series, this year's Hackin' the City Winter Hackathon took place at Level39 Technology Accelerator in Canary Wharf. It provided a platform for the brightest Computer Science students in the country to pit their skills against each other in a round the clock Hackathon. A total of 32 students attended, including students from UCL, London School of

Economics, Newcastle University, Royal Holloway, Kings College London, and Imperial College London. We had a diverse selection of contestants from a range of academic backgrounds such as Computer Science, Physic... [more]

CS EngD VEIV Student shortlisted for Entrepreneurs Award

CS EngD VEIV Student Jozef Doboš has been shortlisted for Royal Academy of Engineering ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs Award. The shortlisting is for Jozef's "3D Repo" work, a novel system for version control of 3D engineering models. The work has been supervised by Prof Anthony Steed.

The Royal Academy of Engineering ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs Award "seeks to identify, encourage and reward young engineering researchers working in UK universities, in the broad field involving electro-technology". The Award "seeks to encourage innovation, meaning the emergence... [more]

UCL-CS Collaboration with Bayer on Crop Genomics

The Dessimoz Lab (GEE & CS) and Bayer CropScience NV (Ghent, Belgium) have initiated a collaboration on the development of new methods and resources to better characterise evolutionary and functional relationships between model plant genomes and agronomically-relevant crop genomes. The collaboration involves a jointly funded PhD student (Ivana Piližota, second from right) and a postdoctoral associate (Dr. Diana Coman Schmid, middle) funded by Bayer CropScience NV and the EU FP7 Plant Fellows programme. The kickoff meeting took place on Wednesday 6 Nov at UCL.

More info:
- Dessimoz lab: http://la... [more]

MSc SSE students and the "Lab of Things"

A group of MSc Software Systems Engineering students have carried out their summer industry project working for Microsoft Research's team on the "Lab of Things" (LoT) platform. This research platform makes it easy to deploy interconnected devices, intended for end user scenarios such multiple homes, workplaces and public services, based on the Internet of Things theory. It allows the sharing research data with other investigators, turning each scenario into a potential large-scale study.

The students have published their software for Microsoft Research, by developing an "analytics en... [more]

Staff win teaching awards

The Head of Department is delighted to announce that Prof Steve Hailes, Prof Mark Handley and Dr Dean Mohamedally have won Teaching Prizes for their contribution towards innovation in teaching at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. The following citations outline our winners' huge input into teaching across Computer Science.


Prof Steve Hailes

'Most Computer Science undergraduates are exposed in their first year to lectures that describe various aspects of how a modern CPU works. But how many of them *build* a CPU and program it in assembly in their first year? Thanks to Steve Hailes's in... [more]

Dr Fernando Brandão's paper published in Nature Physics

Dr Fernando Brandão, Lecturer at UCL Computer Science, in partnership with Dr Micha Horodecki, from the Institute for Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics, University of Gdansk, have had a paper published in the journal, Nature Physics.

Publushed in August's edition, it demonstrates when the correlation between particles in a sample reduces exponentially with distance, the entanglement between one region and the rest of the sample only depends on the area of the boundary between them.

Dr Brandão says: "We're very excited to have produced this method. It proves something that seemed to be in... [more]

Second Year Systems Engineering Project Launch

September saw the launch of the 2013-14 Systems Engineering projects for second year Computer Science undergraduates. A total of twenty-three groups will be working on an exciting range of projects, supported by sponsors including Microsoft, the NHS, the BBC, the Metropolitan Police and a number of UCL departments.

Each project will see an initial idea turned into a proof of concept prototype, which is then developed into a production design ready for delivery to the project sponsor.

The highlight of the launch event was an entertaining and stimulating talk by Prof. Bill Buxton, Principal Re... [more]

MSc final project presentations to industry

Earlier this month our MSc students studying Software Systems Engineering, Financial Risk Management and Financial Systems Engineering presented their final project to guests from industry. Guests included Prof Judith Bishop (pictured with students), Head of Computer Science for Microsoft Research, and also representatives from National Rail, Leiden Genomics, Tottenham Hotspurs FC, Bank of England, BNP, Citi, JP Morgan, London Clearing House, CIBC, Deutsche Bank, Lloyds Bank, Nomura, Standard Chartered, and RBS.

UCL Computer Science is very proud to have run one of the most successful work pl... [more]

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