Computer Science News Archive

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]

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]

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