Computer Science News Archive

Peter Kirstein joins Internet Hall of Fame

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At an event in Geneva last week the Internet Society launched its Internet Hall of Fame.

Amongst the 10 individuals honoured as the Pioneers of the Internet was UCL-CS Professor Peter Kirstein. Peter launched the first European ARPANET node with transatlantic IP connectivity. On July 25, 1973 this node passed its first data packets between London and the Information Sciences Institute in California, USA. This is believed to have been the first instance of an international, general purpose, heterogeneous computer network.

Peter has been involved ever since with European and transatlantic co... [more]

CS Research Student wins Google Scholarship

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Larissa Dos Santos Romualdo, who is studying for a degree in the Computer Science Department, has been awarded a prestigious Google Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for 2012.

This scholarship was created by Google’s to mark the life and vision of Dr. Anita Borg (1949-2003):

"Dr. Anita Borg (1949-2003) devoted her adult life to revolutionizing the way we think about technology and dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields. Her combination of technical expertise and fearless vision continues to inspir... [more]

CS PhD social event: Bletchley Park day trip

Earlier this month 20 PhD students from various groups of Department of Computer Science enjoyed themselves from an interesting and meaningful day-out trip to the Bletchley park and the National Museum of Computing. After being welcomed by the staff of the park, they learned the history and importance of the park from a mini-lecture; then were showed around for the early development of code-breaking there, and principles of the famous Engima machine and the Bombe machine.

After relaxing and dining in the atmospheric Victorian Mansion, visitors broke into small groups to discover more in war-tim... [more]

UCL Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research

UCL has been recognised by the EPSRC and the GCHQ as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.

 

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/1204/120402-UCL-awarded-excellence-status-in-cyber-security-research

 

http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/public-sector/3348461/gchq-awards-eight-uk-universities-50000-each-for-research-in-cyber-security/

 

The bid for the ACE-CSR included CS academics David Clark, Brian Collins, Nicolas Courtois, Peter Coveney, Yvo Desmedt, Jens Krinke, Jens Groth, Mark Handley, Kyle Jamieson, Brad Karp, Jens Krinke, Jamie MacIntosh, John Reid, Angela ... [more]

Secrets of App Store revealed by artificial life forms

Dr Soo Ling Lim (UCL Statistical Science) and Dr Peter Bentley (UCL Computer Science) have modelled Apple's App Store marketplace as an ecosystem, revealing what makes it thrive. 

 

Their work has been reported as this week's lead technology story in New Scientist: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21428605.300-secrets-of-app-store-revealed-by-artificial-life-forms.html

 

Lim and Bentley will present their work at the GECCO conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in July 2012.

Best Paper Prize for CS Academic

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Dr Jun Wang, together with colleagues from the University of Glasgow and Birkbeck College, has won the best paper prize at the European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR). ECIR is the main European forum for the presentation of new research results in the field of Information Retrieval.

The paper addresses the "top-k retrieval problem" in which the aim is to find the optimal set of k documents from a number of relevant documents given the user's query. The authors show that significant improvements can be made over the current state-of-the-art through an alternative treatment which e... [more]

CS Book Launch: Digitized

On Monday 26 March CS celebrated the launch of a new book, Digitized: The Science of Computers and how it shapes our World, by Dr Peter Bentley, Honorary Reader in the Department. Alongside distinguished guests including Prof Peter Kirstein, who gave an introduction to the book, Peter outlined some of the key moments that Digitized highlights as it takes the reader on a journey of discovery through the history of computer science, including initial theoretical conceptions, early pioneers and implications for the future.

 

 

Digitized covers the whole of computer science - from maths to engine... [more]

Forgotten Facebook friends could still be snooping on you

Forgotten Facebook friends who don't appear in your friends list could still be snooping on you from time to time, new research shows.

In their research paper, "Your Facebook Deactivated Friend or a Cloaked Spy?," UCL-CS student Shah Mahmood and Chair of Information Communication Technology Prof Yvo Desmedt have identified what they called a "zero-day privacy loophole." This enables a person to deactivate his own account and then later, upon reactivating the account and shedding his privacy "cloak," to quickly view his friends' profiles before disappearing into the darkness again.

 

The loop... [more]

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