Computer Science News Archive

New CS Labs for state-of-the-art teaching

With the growth of teaching in mobile technology CS has invested in new, state-of-the-art facilities for students. Two new labs and one virtual lab were designed by our very own CS Tech Support Group, which now supports all existing infrastructure and teaching.

Apps Lab 4.06, our first multi-apps platform studio laboratory, has been installed with touch screens and local device connectivity, supporting iOS, Android and Windows technologies. Meanwhile 3D Lab 1.05 is a new multi-screen lab teaching environment with multi-3D facilities; 3D printing connectivity (coming soon), stereo 3D graphics ... [more]

PassivSystems Ltd wins Knowledge Transfer Business of the Year Award

Each year UCL Enterprise hosts UCL's Award for Enterprise. This is a prestigious and high-profile event showcasing entrepreneurial and innovative work in and around UCL. 

PassivSystems, a clean-tech rapid growth start-up, has been selected as the winner of the Knowledge Transfer Business of the Year Award. This is because of the successful interdisciplinary collaborations they have established across the University, and the strong partnerships you have built with the Energy Institute, Computer Science and the UCL Interaction Centre within the KTPs and also in activity carried out beyond the K... [more]

Students' charity app wins first prize

Reading Quest Logo

First year students at UCL-CS, with the direction of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), have launched a charityware app developed for the Reading Quest charity.

The learning game app "Numbugs" won first prize in an RBS collaboration competition and was launched on the Google Play store. Several first year undergraduates studying Object Oriented Programming worked with recent finance graduates at RBS to develop a full app charity support plan. This included work packages for each student developer, professional design assets with artists and business modelling input and direction from the... [more]

Undergraduate 2nd Year Project Demonstrations with Industry

2nd Year BSc & MEng students recently presented their Systems Engineering projects to industry leaders at a specially organised presentation session. Industry partners from IBM, Microsoft and Facebook had front row seats and marked students on how their "Innovation Products" stood up to industry scrutiny. Our students worked hard over the year preparing new technology ideas and projects to address high priority use cases; such as:

  • energy analytics in homes
  • heads up display technologies in networked vehicles
  • occupancy testing in workplaces
  • bringing small businesses the benefits of cloud systems
  • a... [more]

CoMPLEX PhD student wins Postgraduate Taught Prize

Chris Banerji, CoMPLEX PhD student with UCL-CS and the Cancer Institute has won the Faculty Postgraduate Taught Prize for 2012. The prize was awarded to Chris for his impressive work in his MRes in Modelling Biological Complexity during the last academic session.

Director of CoMPLEX, Dr Guy Moss, observed that:“Chris Banerji is, simply put, a totally exceptional student. Chris came to us having received a 1st Class MMath degree from Oxford. In his three short projects during the MRes year he averaged a mark of 91%, never falling below 88% from any marker. He then went on to attain a summer pr... [more]

UCL FIndS organises City Hakathon

Organised by the UCL Financial Industry Series (UCL FIndS) in partnership with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Financial Services Knowledge Transfer Network, SWIFT and Level39 Technology Accelerator at Canary Wharf, the Hackin’ The City Hackathon brought together 55 students from a dozen of top universities in the UK to pit their skills in a round-the-clock hackathon to design and develop an application over 24 hours.

This year’s theme “Global Citizenship” challenged students to create an application to solve world problems through the use of technology... [more]

Going Paperless: The Hidden Cost of a Receipt

Will Hines, BSc Computer Science student at UCL-CS, has had an article published here in the Huffington Post about an environmental IT company that Will has founded. Will is in early discussions with UCL to implement his Clinton Global Initiative University Commitment to Action, Reseed, which aims to eradicate paper receipts on the university campus and in the wider community. Reseed removes the need for paper receipts and allows users to instead access the records online. In turn, the retailer donates the money that would otherwise go towards printing costs to a tree-planting charity.

The Cl... [more]

UCL crowned first ever UK University Cipher Champion

Dr Nicolas Courtois, Senior Lecturer at UCL-CS has beaten tough competition from some of the UK’s leading universities for Computer Science to be crowned the winner of a unique code-breaking competition as part of this year’s Cyber Security Challenge UK.

The University Cipher Challenge is the first competition of its kind and was launched by the Cyber Security Challenge UK to identify and inspire students interested in entering cyber security careers to practise their skills. For this proof of concept, four Computer Science departments from UCL, The University of Birmingham, Edinburgh Napier ... [more]

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