Computer Science News Archive

Peter O’Hearn Elected FRS

The Department is delighted to announce that Peter O’Hearn, Professor of Computer Science at UCL and Research Scientist at Facebook, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), for substantial contribution to the field of Computer Science. There, he joins an esteemed network of just 31 Computer Scientists.

As the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, the Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists. Up to 60 new Fellows (FRS) are elected each year in late April or early May, from a pool of around 700 nominations by existing Fellows.

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Forging Links Between Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence

On Monday 19 March, UCL’s Centre for Computation, Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology (CoMPLEX), in association with UCL’s Neuroscience Domain hosted 200 researchers at an afternoon symposium entitled “Neuro-AI - Forging Closer Links between Neuroscience and Machine Learning.”

In his welcome address to an audience of academics, students and researchers CoMPLEX Director, Dr Guy Moss, explained the need for this meeting: “UCL boasts an exceptional community of Neuroscientists, second only to Harvard on the international stage. UCL is also home to the leading-ed... [more]

CS Student Triumphs at BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium

Congratulations to our undergraduate student Wanyue Zhang for winning a best poster prize at the 2018 BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium, for a second year running.

Wanyue’s poster, entitled “Refocusing on the future: deep learning and light field imaging”, demonstrated how convolutional neural networks can be used to mitigate the spatial and angular domain trade-off for light field imaging. She was commended by prize sponsors JP Morgan for her passion, expertise in the area and the fluency of her delivery.

The BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium is an annual national conference for women studying Comput... [more]

CS AI-Robotics Malaria Diagnosis System Capitalises on 10 Years of Interdisciplinary Research

UCL Computer Science is celebrating its decade-long collaboration with the College of Medicine of the University of Ibadan (COMUI), Nigeria, to carry out life-saving clinical-, life- and computer science research into the development of fast and accurate automated malaria diagnosis devices.

This is particularly significant, since 25 of April 2018 is also the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) World Malaria Day. The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘Ready to Beat Malaria’, underscoring the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria research, aid and funding communities, to unite aro... [more]

Tribute to Bowen Zheng

The Department of Computer Science is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Bowen Zheng, a PhD student in Machine Learning, who has died after a brave battle with cancer. Bowen had been a member of the UCL community since 2011, first completing a BSc in Chemical Engineering, an MSc in Computer Science and an MRes in Computational Statistics and Machine Learning.

Bowen’s supervisor, Dr David Barber, has written the following tribute:

Bowen showed a real passion for Computer Science, particularly in the areas of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Although he did not have the mo... [more]

CS Students to Present at the Conference for Mining Software Repositories

We are delighted to report that a group of five MSc Software Systems Engineering and MSc Financial Systems Engineering students from the Department of Computer Science has been accepted to present at the 2018 Conference for Mining Software Repositories (MSR).

The successful students came up with the idea for their submission in a piece of coursework for the UCL COMPGS04 module entitled ‘Tools and Environments’. By combing the latest thinking in software engineering and decades of academic staff members’ experience working on real-life projects, the module prepares students for the fundamental... [more]

MediaGamma Receives UCL Technology Fund Investment

MediaGamma, the predictive analytics software company, has received a second round of investment from UCL Technology Fund, this time in collaboration with ParkWalk Advisors and the London Co-Investment Fund (LCIF). The start-up was spun out by UCL Business in 2014 to commercialise research developed by Jun Wang, Professor of Information Systems and Data Science in UCL Computer Science.

"In recent years, researchers have demonstrated that using reinforcement learning machines can take intelligent actions, moving from predictions to end-to-end decision making and long-term goal optimisation,” e... [more]

UCL CS Named in the 10 Most Improved Computer Science Departments Internationally

UCL Computer Science is one of the world’s 10 most improved CS Departments this year, according to the QS World University Rankings 2018.

The QS World University Rankings produce an annual comparison of the world’s leading institutions. They employ a methodology of six simple metrics, which they believe effectively capture university performance, to explore top universities by region and subject. These include research impact, employer and academic reputations and citations.

The only UK institution to feature on this list of most improved top computer science departments, UCL CS has moved up... [more]

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