Computer Science News Archive

National Institute of Coding Established to Boost Future Digital Skills

 

On Friday 26 January, Theresa May announced a £20 million investment in the Institute of Coding, to train the next generation of digital specialists.

The Institute of Coding is a consortium of more than 60 universities, businesses and industry experts set to receive £20 million to tackle the UK’s digital skills gap. UCL is a founding member.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum 2018 in Davos, the Prime Minister outlined how the Institute of Coding will create new degree level courses to equip people of all ages with the digital skills they need.

The consortium is formed of businesses incl... [more]

Bitcoin Blockchain technology to verify qualifications on CVs

 

The UCL Centre for Blockchain Technology has launched a new initiative whereby graduates can use London-based, Gradbase’s, Blockchain technology for instant verification of their academic qualifications.

UCL MSc Financial Risk Management graduates can display a verified Blockchain-based qualification on their CV through a Gradbase QR code which instantly provides tamperproof information about their qualifications. 

“The pilot will show that Blockchain technology can be used outside of the financial sector. It will boost the CVs of students, providing proof of concept for the future potenti... [more]

Professor Niloy Mitra to Join the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program

 

We are delighted to announce that Professor Niloy Mitra has been named a 2018 Distinguished Speaker for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Founded over 20 years ago, the prestigious Distinguished Speaker Program (DSP) brings together renowned international thought leaders to discuss the most vital challenges in computing. Lectures are delivered to ACM chapters, members, and the greater IT community in a variety of venues and formats.

Its objectives are to provide some of the best content ACM has to offer through its network of high quality speakers and to facilitate professiona... [more]

Professor Michael Jordan Delivers Distinguished Lecture at UCL

 

On Tuesday 16 January, Professor Michael Jordan delivered a distinguished lecture at UCL on the topic of “Computational Thinking, Inferential Thinking and Data Science.” The lecture was attended by over 200 students and staff of the UCL Department of Computer Science, and the wider UCL Engineering community. 

In his opening address, Professor John Shawe-Taylor, Head of the Department of Computer Science, thanked Professor Jordan for his visit: “Michael is a world-renowned researcher, bridging the fields of computational, statistical, cognitive and biological sciences. It is a great honour t... [more]

CS Student Honoured with Top Romanian Accolade

 

Andrei Margeloiu has been awarded a distinction as one of the top 3 Romanian undergraduate students studying in Europe. The award was presented at an annual gala organised by the League of Romanian Students Abroad, which took place on 4 January 2018 at the Romanian Parliament.

Andrei, who is in his 2nd year of BSc Computer Science at UCL, was presented with this award as a result of his outstanding academic achievements. This award comes in addition to being ranked the top undergraduate Romanian student in the UK by the Romanian Ambassador to London, Dan Mihalache.

On receiving the award, ... [more]

A Heartfelt Thanks to Jill Saunders

At the end of this term, academic and professional staff in UCL Computer Science must bid farewell to long-standing Departmental Administration Manager, Jill Saunders. While Jill will not be moving far, taking up a role elsewhere in the Engineering Faculty, she will be greatly missed by all who have had the pleasure to work with her.

Jill joined CS in August 1996 as the (then) Departmental Administrator, and she has been a guiding force through an inconceivable amount of change, growth, challenges and successes.

 

Please join us in expressing a heartfelt thanks to Jill for her outstanding work... [more]

Bringing Computer Science to Life: Work Experience at UCLCS

In October, UCLCS enjoyed the company of Izzy Sebire, a sixth form student from Tormead School, Surrey. Izzy, who is passionate about pursuing a career in Computer Science, sent us this reflection on her time with the department:

"As a sixth form student studying computer science and maths, I was lucky enough to do work experience at UCLCS in October half term. During the week, I shadowed experts in exciting disciplines of computer science including interaction design, physical computing, Internet of Things, autonomous systems, machine learning and AI.

I also got to experience what life is ... [more]

Yvonne Rogers Elected a 2017 ACM Fellow

We are delighted to announce that Professor Yvonne Rogers has been named one of the 2017 Fellows of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).

Yvonne, who is Professor of Interaction Design and Director of UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC), receives this recognition for her outstanding contributions to human-computer interaction and the design of human-centred technology.

“Yvonne’s selection as an ACM Fellow is further testimony to her achievements in the field. A wonderful colleague and leader, she has demonstrated brilliance in her work and in its application to change our world for the b... [more]

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