Computer Science News Archive

Andrea Bittau memorial scholarship

Andrea Bittau, our PhD graduate, died far too young in a motorcycle crash a little over a week ago. (Brief tribute at

To honor and remember Andrea’s life, and his talent and passion for computer systems research, Mark Handley and Brad Karp are establishing the Andrea Bittau Memorial Scholarship, which will support a PhD student at UCL Computer Science.

If you would like to contribute to this memorial to Andrea, you may do so at:

(Note that U... [more]

Andrea Bittau, 1983-2017

It is our great sorrow to report that Andrea Bittau, who earned his BSc and PhD degrees at UCL Computer Science, died in a motorcycle accident in the San Francisco Bay Area on 25 February.

Andrea joined UCL as an undergraduate in 2001, and continued on to study for the PhD in 2005 as a member of UCL's Systems and Networks Research Group, supervised by Professor Mark Handley and Professor Brad Karp.

His PhD thesis, completed in 2009, was in the area of computer system security, and described the Wedge system, which provides primitives and tools for privilege-separating legacy applications. Afte... [more]

Undergraduates shine at Google Hash Code

Google Hash Code is the largest algorithmic competition of Google, in which teams of students and professionals compete to solve a real algorithmic problem that Google encounters! 

This year the UCL team composed of Andrei Margeloiu, Wojciech Golaszewski and Cosmin Vladianu has ranked 1st from the UK universities and 36th globally. Next, they were invited to compete in the Final Round taking place at Google Paris on the 1st of April.


The task was to optimize how Youtube videos are spread across different cache servers in order to make the video access as quickly as possible. They had to take... [more]

UCL Machine Learning graduate to present at leading Deep Learning conference

UCL Machine Learning graduate Michal Daniluk is to present his work at the 5th International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR) held in Toulon, France, in April 2017; the most important Deep Learning conference in the field.

Michal will present a paper – “Frustratingly Short Attention Spans in Neural Language Modeling” based on his MSc Machine Learning project, supervised by Tim RocktäschelJohannes Welbl and Sebastian Riedel within the Machine Reading Group

Michal is the receipient of the MSc Machine Learning Programme Director’s Award (2015/2016) for Outstanding Project Repor... [more]

Personalised Medicine Global Challenges: Research Taps into Cerebral Malaria Gene

Towards Understanding Individual Predisposition to Life-Threatening Cerebral Malaria

A multi-site multidisciplinary team led by D. Fernandez-Reyes (UCL Department of Computer Science); S. Marquet and A. Dessein (Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France); O. Doumbo (Faculty of Medicine, Bamako, Mali) and B.J. Brown (College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria) have identified a variant in a key immune-regulatory-network gene (IL-22) that predisposes to childhood life-threatening cerebral malaria. The findings are published in the 31st January issue of Nature Scientific Reports... [more]

Can an algorithm be held culpable for its actions in a court of law?

Can an algorithm be held culpable for its actions in a court of law? In her ongoing project The Trial of Superdebthunterbot, Helen Knowles explores questions of ethics and accountability in relation to the increasing, and often unseen, computer automation of our lives.

The piece imagines a speculative scenario not too far removed from current practices in technology and finance. A debt collecting company buys up student loans and uses big data to ensure fewer loan defaulters by targeting individuals with job adverts posted to their social media pages. A chain of events leads to deaths in medic... [more]

Meet UCL's Haskelly team

UCL Computer Science Undergraduates Janos PoteckMarco Concetto Rudilosso and Marti Serra Vivancos have formed a Haskelly Team and are working on a Visual Studio Code and Microsoft Azure Cloud project, to build a Visual Studio Code extension which supports the teaching and learning of Haskell.

The team are developing an Azure hosted toolset entitled SEAT (Scaffolding Exercise Automation Toolkit) which provides a valuable teaching assistant to the Academics and TA in the evaluation of the Haskell learning from students. Students simply submit assignments and resources to the code validation en... [more]

Computer Science student wins WCIT Bronze Award

The City of London has a long association with the trade organisations, known as liveries, operating within its boundaries. London's livery companies offer a community to their members and are involved in charitable-giving, training and networking opportunities. The livery for computing professionals has the rather grand title of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT). WCIT offers an annual prize for students in the capital and this year Vicky Dineshchandra, a 3rd year Computer Science undergraduate, has won the Bronze award.

Vicky was nominated by the Computer Science depa... [more]

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