Computer Science News Archive

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]

UCL 4th in the world

UCL is listed 4th in the world according to the latest QS World University rankings.

UCL's new president and provost, Professor Michael Arthur, said the university's high place in the rankings reflected its efforts both in the UK and overseas.

But he said: "As pleasing as it is, rankings success will not divert us from focusing on our core mission of educating and inspiring our students and delivering world class research."

Read more here



MSc mid project presentations at Level39

Last month our MSc Software Systems and MSc Financial Risk Manangement students enjoyed the wonderful view at Level39, Canary Wharf, Europe's largest financial IT accelerator space, where they presented their projects to date to an audience of leading industry professionals.

The Engineering Faculty at UCL is very proud to have run one of the most successful work placement programs as a mandatory part of specialty finance graduate degrees, and over 100 students enhanced their relationship with City firms as they networked with City regulators and key stakeholders following their presentations... [more]

UCL-CS announce new DUCO Prize Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of our new DUCO prize for our 2nd Year students on BSc & MEng Computer Science courses. The UCL Duco Prize in Computer Science is awarded for the best performance in examinations. As a Department we are always keen to recognise outstanding academic achievement so we send our congratulations to the winners:

1st : Michael Boon (£1000)

2nd : Kinga Mrugala (£600)

3rd : Jing Li (£400)

We are very grateful to UCL-CS Alumnus Dr Christian Nentwich, CEO of DUCO, for his support. Christian will meet the winners at a reception next term.

Imagine Cup 2013 world finals takes place in St Petersburg

The Imagine Cup worldwide finals 2013 was held in St Petersburg, Russia.

300 of the brightest students from 70 countries worldwide attended, with backgrounds in software engineering and CS, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and other disciplines. They presented viva-style presentations and live demos to a panel of international judges.

From University College London, our own Dr Dean Mohamedally attended as a judge in the World Citizenship Category. He writes:

"The ambition and motivation of these students to build not just the next big thing but to solve a real-world problem w... [more]

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