Computer Science News Archive

App teaching featured on MSDN

Microsoft Education has co-published a blog entry on UCL-CS undergraduate teaching which features app development.

The blog entry describes how traditional lecture-based teaching has been set aside by Dr Dean Mohamedally, Senior Teaching Fellow in Software Systems Engineering, by the arrival of apps –'micro software engineering' packages that are closely targeted to real-world end users who have specific requirements and problems to solve. UCL has become the first university in the UK to treat apps development as a core computer science skill and where each and every CS student solves re... [more]

BBC & UCL Strategic Partnership

BBC Research & Development have announced a strategic partnership with UCL, to drive innovation, and collaborate on a wide programme of R&D activity.

Over the next four years, the new partnership between BBC and UCL will focus on an ambitious programme of research work that seeks to advance state-of-the-art communications technologies, Internet research, content production, user experience (UXD) and access services. The outcomes of this research will also be shared with the wider industry.

Professor Anthony Finkelstein, Dean of UCL Faculty of Engineering, said: "UCL Engineering is committe... [more]

Dr Antoaneta Serguieva presents at the Bank of England

Dr Antoaneta Serguieva, Senior Teaching Fellow at UCL-CS, was last week invited to present at the Bank of England on the topic of 'Computational intelligence and systemic risk models'. Attendees included representatives from central banks around the world. The presentation was within the BoE seminar on 'Systemic risk assessment: identification and monitoring', and along presenters from the Bank of England, the US Treasury's Office of Financial Research, IMF, FSA, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Chicago. 

Of Rats and Men

Image of a rat in a maze

Using cutting-edge virtual reality technology, researchers have ‘beamed’ a person into a rat facility allowing the rat and human to interact with each other on the same scale.

Published today in PLOS ONE, the research enables the rat to interact with a rat-sized robot controlled by a human participant in a different location. At the same time, the human participant (who is in a virtual environment) interacts with a human-sized avatar that is controlled by the movements of the distant rat. The authors hope the new technology will be used to study animal behaviour in a completely new way.

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UCL at Droidcon

On 25 and 26 October UCL Advances, with UCL Engineering, will be taking a stand at Droidcon. Droidcon is part of a worldwide movement to expose the best of Android. It covers all things Android, from mobile devices, to TV, to cars, to gaming, and so much more.

We’ll be there to raise the profile of all the support UCL Advances can offer to tech start ups and SMEs and to promote the fantastic opportunities for under-graduate and post-graduate students studying Computer Science at UCL.  We are proud that UCL is the first UK university to include app development as part of core curriculum progra... [more]

Fugue installation featured at "Risk inSight"

Gordana Novakovic with the Fugue exhibit

The Risk inSight project exhibition took place at the Rolex Centre in Lausanne during October . "Combining science, arts and society, the Risk inSight exhibition aims to show risks and to highlight why and how they are playing an increasingly important role in modern societies. The exhibition space is divided into four thematic sections: identifying risks, living with risks, debating risks and handling risks."

The Fugue project, which is led by UCL-CS's Artist in Residence - Gordana Novakovic, was invited to contribute to this large scale open-to-public science and art exhibition. 

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First micro-structure atlas of the human brain completed

A European team of scientists have built the first atlas of white-matter microstructure in the human brain. The project’s final results have the potential to change the face of neuroscience and medicine over the coming decade.

The work relied on groundbreaking MRI technology and was funded by the EU’s future and emerging technologies program with a grant of 2.4 million Euros. The participants of the project, called CONNECT, were drawn from leading research centers in countries across Europe including Israel, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Denmark, Switzerland and Italy.

The project investi... [more]

Serendipity is more than a ‘happy accident’

By collecting and analysing people’s ‘serendipity stories’, researchers at UCLIC and their partners hope to design an interactive system that makes us more prepared for recognising serendipity when it happens and, crucially, supports us in acting on it. In order to understand serendipity better, the team asked 39 academics and creative professionals to tell them their memorable examples of serendipity, either from their work or everyday lives.


The ‘serendipity stories’ told by their interviewees include a student being offered an internship at a journalism lab because someone from the lab ... [more]

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