Computer Science News

Danny Alexander and Andrada Ianus awarded ISMRM fellowships

Danny Alexander, Professor of Imaging Science and Director of UCL's Microstructure Imaging Group, and Andrada Ianus, Research Fellow in Biomedical Imaging, have been awarded ISMRM fellowships.

Danny received senior fellowship of the ISMRM and Andrada received junior fellowship of the ISMRM at the annual meeting in Honolulu on 24 April 2017.

The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) is a multi-disciplinary nonprofit association that promotes innovation, development, and application of magnetic resonance techniques in medicine and biology throughout the world.

It is a ... [more]

UCL Computer Science secures £1.5 million EPSRC Global Challenges Research Funding to Tackle Malaria Diagnosis in sub-Saharan Africa using robotics, computer vision and machine learning

A multidisciplinary team led by Delmiro Fernandez-Reyes, Reader in Digital Health & Intelligent Systems at UCL Computer Science, in equal collaboration with the College of Medicine of the University of Ibadan (COMUI), Nigeria, has been carrying outresearchto produce a novel fast robotic-automated computational system capable of reliably diagnosing malaria in sub-Saharan West-Africa.

The team, comprising Delmiro Fernandez-Reyes, Mandayam A. Srinivasan and John Shawe-Taylor (UCL Department of Computer Science) and Biobele J. Brown, Ikeoluwa Lagunju and Olugbemiro Sodeinde (COMUI Department of Pa... [more]

UCL Computer Science students to showcase their work.

On Wednesday 26th April we cordially invite you to our UCL Computer Science Students' Showcase 2017.

We will celebrate and highlight the achievements of our Undergraduate and Masters students working with real-world clients and partnerships; with charities, healthcare groups, UCL research teams and real-world industrial partners.

Nearly 400 student's work will be on display, with poster sessions, presentations and live demonstrations in our labs. We will also have a coding curriculum challenge for schools attending, with exercise materials written by our 1st years in CS. A copy of our projec... [more]

Google announces PhD Fellows at UCL

Google created their PhD Fellowship Program in 2009 to recognize and support outstanding graduate students doing exceptional research in Computer Science and related disciplines.

Now in its eighth year, the fellowship program has supported hundreds of future faculty, industry researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs.

UCL is pleased to announce two recipients:

Jamie Hayes (Machine Learning)

Tim Rocktaschel (Natural Language Processing)

Reflecting the continuing commitment to supporting and building relationships with the academic community, Google has announced 33 recipients in all from North ... [more]

UCL authors pen Research in the Wild

A new E-book authored by UCL's Yvonne Rogers, Professor of Interaction Design and Director of UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC), and and Paul Marshall, Senior Lecturer, has been published which examines new directions for Human Computer Interaction (HCI) in the recent resurgence of "in-the-wild" research studies.

Research in the Wild can be found at

UCL students and staff can access a pdf copy via UCL library. A description is below:

The phrase "in-the-wild" is becoming popular again in the field of human-c... [more]

UCL recognised as Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research

The government’s National Cyber Security Centre and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council recognise UCL and 13 other universities in the UK as Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.

We are delighted to accept this recognition of our world leading expertise in cyber security, which covers a broad range of areas from securing financial transactions, avoiding bugs in software, cryptography and cryptanalysis to privacy enhancing technologies, preventing cybercrime, and human, economic and organisational aspects of security.

UCL was among the first eight univers... [more]

Collaborating AI learns to play StarCraft

Previously, single AI agents learned to play Go and card games, beating the most accomplished human players, but in this study, multiple AI agents have learned to collaborate to defeat multiple enemies in a real-time strategy game.

The discovery, published as a pre-print on arXiv, provides valuable insights into the way AI agents learn how to communicate and coordinate effectively. This could help scientists develop the next generation of AI for use in large-scale, real-world applications, advancing the AI currently used for gaming on the stock markets, predicting user interests and as competi... [more]

EPSRC funds Blockchain technology for Algorithmic Regulation And Compliance project

Seven new projects will explore the potentially transformative opportunities offered by Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) in fields such as energy, healthcare and policy-making.

One of which is led by Tomaso Aste, Professor of Complexity Science and Head Financial Computing & Analytics Group, and will look into how Distributed Ledger Technology can overturn current regulation and compliance models, opening the way for more effective regulation in the services industry.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has supported the projects with more than £3.6 million of inv... [more]

UCL send the youngest team to Google Hashcode Finals

Google Hashcode is the largest team-based algorithmic competition organised by Google. This year, the participants coming from all over the world, had to optimise the placement of WI-FI routers in a building in order to get the most coverage with minimal costs.

This year, a UCL team consisting of first-year students Andrei Margeloiu, Wojciech Golaszewski and Cosmin Vladianu (pictured), made up thee youngest team to participate in the 2017 World Finals organised in Paris.

The scores were very tight and they got 540 million points while the winning team got 548 million points (just 1.5% differen... [more]

UCL monitors gas emissions at active volcanoes

A UCL team of Dr Christopher Kilburn (UCL Earth Sciences), Prof Steve Hailes (UCL Computer Science) and Lara Smale (PhD UCL Earth Sciences), in partnership with the INGV-Vesuvius Observatory, conducted successful tests of prototype, low-cost sensors for monitoring gas emissions at active volcanoes.

Together they deployed the sensors at the Campi Flegrei volcano, which is currently in unrest on the western edge of Naples in southern Italy. The tests confirmed that the recording capability of the sensors is comparable with that of conventional sensors that