Computer Science News Archive

UCL-EPFL Team Wins NDSS Distinguished Paper Award

We are very pleased to announce that Apostolos Pyrgelis and Dr Emiliano De Cristofaro, of UCL Department of Computer Science, and their collaborator Dr Carmela Troncoso, of EPFL, have won one of the two Distinguished Paper Awards at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS) 2018.

The NDSS symposium takes place annually in San Diego, and provides a platform for knowledge exchange among researchers and practitioners of network and distributed system security. It is the Internet Society’s flagship security conference, and is lauded as one of the top four academic conferences i... [more]

Niloy Mitra to Receive Google Research Award

We are delighted to announce that Professor Niloy Mitra has been selected to receive a Google Research Award for his research on the topic of "UrbanPlan: Creating Massive-scale Structured Urban Models." Professor Mitra’s work will be supported by an unrestricted research grant for one year.

“I am very proud to have received such a competitive award,” said Professor Mitra. “The research fund will be used to partially support our ongoing research on semantic urban reconstruction.”

The Google Research Awards are part of the company’s commitment to developing new technologies to help users find ... [more]

GDI Hub announces new MSc in Disability, Design and Innovation

On Monday 19 February, the Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub opened its doors to friends, fellow academics, collaborators and the general public, to celebrate its move to UCL Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The GDI Hub is a new Research Centre based in UCL Engineering. Its aim is to build a movement to accelerate disability innovation for a fairer world. By harnessing technology for good, and by connecting community partners and start-ups with academics and businesses, it undertakes projects to deliver strategic global impact in accessibility innovation, with the UN, NGOs, Gover... [more]

UCL CS Students Visit NII Tokyo

From 12 to 16 February 2018, a team of six students from UCL Computer Science visited the National Institute of Informatics (NII), Tokyo with Dr Ghita Kouadri. This year marks the seventh year of a partnership between UCL Computer Science and the NII.

Abdul-Qadir Ali and Elham Binshaflout acted as joint team leaders, and were joined by classmates John Wilkie, Daniel Munkacsi, Norah Aba Numay and Siqi Miao. All six students were chosen for their professionalism, academic knowledge and motivation.

“Our UCL CS students play a fantastic part in a joint venture with scope for future engineering d... [more]

UCL AI Spinout Re:infer Raises $3.5m

Re:infer, a spinout from UCL’s AI lab, has raised $3.5m (£2.5m) in a round led by Touchstone Innovations.

The artificial intelligence start-up, which delivers cognitive automation, also drew support from Crane Ventures alongside existing backers Seedcamp and Dr Jason Kingdon, an AI pioneer.

"I'm really proud to have helped support re:infer,” said Dr David Barber, co-founder of re:infer. “The core team are all UCL CS graduates with Marius and Cristi having been star performers on our MSc in Computational Statistics and Machine Learning. Ed completed a very successful PhD in Machine Learning w... [more]

CS Student Wins Microsoft Prize at HackCambridge

 We are delighted to announce that UCL Computer Science student Luke Harries has won the Microsoft Prize at the 2018 University of Cambridge’s hackathon, HackCambridge.

Luke, who is currently studying for an MSc in Computer Science, was part of an international and cross-disciplinary team, formed of Filip, Information Engineering, University of Cambridge; Marcin, Mathematics and Computer Science, Brown University; and Mateusz, Mathematics, Imperial College London, and Software Engineering, BlackRock.

HackCambridge was the perfect opportunity to return to Cambridge, where I completed my unde... [more]

Students Shine in Industry Elevator Pitch Event

On Friday 12 January 2018, UCL Computer Science students took part in the department’s annual student Elevator Pitch Event, where they were tasked with presenting their student-industry projects to an audience of specially invited clients and partners.

The Elevator Pitch event forms part of the assessment for the Systems Engineering module, which can be taken by second year students. The core objective of Systems Engineering is for students to put into practice their skills within the Computer Science Industry Exchange Programme (IXN) structure, to develop a cutting-edge solution to a challe... [more]

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]

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