Computer Science News Archive

Forgotten Facebook friends could still be snooping on you

Forgotten Facebook friends who don't appear in your friends list could still be snooping on you from time to time, new research shows.

In their research paper, "Your Facebook Deactivated Friend or a Cloaked Spy?," UCL-CS student Shah Mahmood and Chair of Information Communication Technology Prof Yvo Desmedt have identified what they called a "zero-day privacy loophole." This enables a person to deactivate his own account and then later, upon reactivating the account and shedding his privacy "cloak," to quickly view his friends' profiles before disappearing into the darkness again.


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CREST wins £6.65 million EPSRC funding

CREST, the Centre for Research on Evolution Search and Testing at UCL Engineering, led by Professor Mark Harman, has been awarded a £6.65 million EPSRC grant to research radical software engineering techniques.

They will develop a radical new technique named Dynamic Adaptive Automated Software Engineering (DAASE). DAASE will develop theory, algorithms, methods, techniques and tools for adaptive software engineering, with the aim of producing systems that self-monitor and evolve to handle dynamically changing development processes and dynamically changing operating environments. It will draw ... [more]

New Programming Research Group

Photo of Byron Cook and Peter O'Hearn

UCL-CS is delighted to announce that a number of academic and research staff are joining the department. This is a particularly exciting development, as these new colleagues are world leaders in their area and will form a new research group named Programming Principles, Logic and Verification.

Professor Peter O'Hearn and Professor Byron Cook have already joined from Queen Mary University of London. Peter holds a RA Eng/Microsoft Research Chair and is Head of the group. Byron is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge, as well as Professor of Computer Science. Peter and Byron a... [more]

Artists celebrate Alan Turing

Gordana Novakovic, the UCL-CS artist in residence, is exhibiting at the The Lovebytes International Festival of Digital Art, Sheffield, UK, 22-24 March 2012 in an exhibition which celebrates of the life of Alan Turin. She will show the results of her ongoing collaboration with her interdisciplinary team.


Gordana will also speak at a special event "Artists and curators talk" that brings together artists and curators from the "Intuition and Ingenuity" touring exhibition to discuss the impact of Alan Turing's life and ideas on contemporary art.

FT features Financial Computing Centre

The Financial Computing Centre at UCL is a collaboration with the London School of Economics, the London Business School and 20 leading financial institutions. The centre's work has been featured in a major article in the Financial Times.

The article - "School for quants: Inside UCL’s Financial Computing Centre, the planet’s brightest quantitative analysts are now calculating our future" - describes breadth of the centre's work. It includes interviews and comments from the centre's director, Philip Treleaven,  and from several of the current crop of research students and undergraduates. 


Scholarships for Master’s students

To help gifted engineering students deal with this year's financial turbulence, UCL Engineering is offering a select number of scholarships worth £ 2 k to those with a record of excellent academic achievement. These Excellence Scholarships will be awarded to UK & EU Master's candidates across all nine departments within the Faculty, at the discretion of the Vice-Dean (Education).

Applications will be received until July 2012, and decisions will be made based on pure merit. We do this in the UCL spirit of providing a world-class education to all, regardless of their background. Please see our... [more]

UCL/PRMIA hosts executive programme

Last week UCL hosted its second annual Executive Education programme in collaboration with PRIMIA. UCL welcomed more than 20 delegates from all over the world – Mexico, Egypt, Pakistan, India, South Africa, Ghana, Belarus, Turkey and numerous other European countries.

Risk analysts and academics from Switzerland and India as well as PhD students in financial computing united in London for an intensive workshop in Risk Measurement and Management. Directed by Donald Lawrence, UCL, it included lecturers like David Lawrence, former Global Head of Risk for Citi, William Shaw and Marc Moore from ... [more]

UCLIC Director Elected to the CHI Academy

Yvonne Rogers, the director of the UCL INTERACTION CENTRE (UCLIC), has been elected to the CHI Academy. Membership of the Academy is awarded by SIGCHI - the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction.

SIGCHI states that; "The CHI Academy is an honorary group of individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field of human-computer interaction. These are the principal leaders of the field, whose efforts have shaped the disciplines and/or industry, and led the research and/or innovation in human-computer interaction.

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