Computer Science News Archive

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]

Chirp app nominated for design award

The Chirp app, which enables easy sharing of information between smart-phones via sound, has been nominated for a "Design of the Year" award by the Design Museum in London. Chirp has been nominated in the "Digital" section. Other nominees include the Rasberry Pi computer, the UK Government's website and Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system.

Chirp is a free app developed by Animal Systems, a spin-off business from University College London (UCL) led by Anthony Steed. It uses sound from a smart-phone's speaker to trigger transfers of photos, web pages and contacts. The phones receiving ... [more]

Peter Bentley and Christos Sakellariou in this week's New Scientist

Peter Bentley, Honorary Reader at UCL-CS, and EngD Research Student Christos Sakellariou are featured in this week's New Scientist.

The computer that never crashes is about a revolutionary new computer based on the apparent chaos of nature can reprogram itself if it finds a fault. Dubbed a "systemic" computer, the self-repairing machine now operating at UCL could keep mission-critical systems working. 

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UCL-CS students present projects to Microsoft Research

UCL Engineering undergraduate students got the unique opportunity to present their work-in-progress projects to the Directors of Microsoft Research.  With real-world clients and support from Microsoft, projects include developing technologies with Windows 8 Embedded (just received from Microsoft HQ in Redmond), Gadgeteer, Azure and Kinect with Robotics. Use case scenarios include for surgery training, hospitals and care homes, networked vehicles, new interactions in gaming and education, remote home automation and more. A demo of semi-transparent display technology was also shown by our studen... [more]

UCL-CS students meet JP Morgan Challenge

The UCL students from the winning team

Last month (16 - 18 November), J.P. Morgan hosted their first ever "Code for Good" Challenge in their London office. The challenge was an opportunity for top tech talent from UK universities to come into the firm and, through their team coding skills, use technology to address a social challenge for one of JPM's three partner charities: Centrepoint, WaterAid or The Nature Conservancy. 

21 students attended from UCL - the most from any university - and impressed JPM with the standard of their work. The participants were organised into teams. The top 6 teams (2 representing each charity) were ... [more]

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