Computer Science News

Anthony Finkelstein awarded CBE

UCL Computer Science congratulates Anthony Finkelstein, Professor of Software Systems Engineering and member of UCL's Software Systems Engineering Group, on receiving a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, announced on 11 June 2016.

Anthony's award is for services to Computer Science and Engineering; he was head of UCL Computer Science until 2010, before becoming Dean of UCL's Faculty of Engineering. In 2015 he took up a base for his research and scholarly work at The Alan Turing Institute, the UK National Institute for the Data Sciences.

Anthony is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of... [more]

Data science used to predict crimes in Chicago

Victor Yip, Ilias Antoniou and Vladislav Ligay have built an interactive website to visualise and predict crimes in Chicago using data science. The team, comprised of students working towards an MSc Business Analytics at UCL http://busics.cs.ucl.ac.uk/, has built the prescriptive analytic tool with the aim of assisting the Chicago Police Force in mobilising patrol units.

With data from the Chicago Data Portal and Twitter, they were able to visualise the occurrence of crimes and tweets between 7 April & 12 May 2016.

They have trained a support vector machines model to predict likelihood of crim... [more]

UCL hosts first-ever CS50 Hackathon London

On Friday 27th May more than 120 students gathered at UCL Institute of Education for the first-ever CS50 Hackathon London.

CS50 is Harvard University's introductory course in computer science that's also freely available online via edx.org. In the last years, the course has gained immense popularity around the world through its offering as a MOOC and is now not only taught at Harvard but also at Yale University. While CS50 has run hackathons at both universities and in other cities in the US, this is the first time they have come across the pond to hold a hackathon.

The latter provided studen... [more]

Computer Science students included in UCLU's StARs Roll of Honour

Two UCL Computer Science Student Academic Representatives (StARs) have been included in UCLU's 2016 Roll Of Honour.

Angelos Pillos, an MSc Financial Systems Engineering student, and Konstantinos Metallinos, a MSc Computational Statistics and Machine Learning student, have been awarded the Advanced Stars Certificate.

The StARs scheme is a partnership between UCL and UCLU.  The StARs scheme helps to ensure that every student at UCL is effectively represented in their department, faculty, the University and UCLU.  Through such effective representation students become partners in their education,... [more]

Computer Science in the media: Steven Murdoch comments on telephone metadata

A new paper out this week looks into exactly what the act of making a phone call can reveal. The study, which was led by Patrick Mutchler and Jonathan Mayer at Stanford University, is the culmination of work that started in 2013 looking into what metadata really can show.

The study involved collecting metadata volunteered by 823 participants, in total, more than 250,000 calls, and 1 million text messages. Steven Murdoch, Principal Research Fellow at UCL's Information Security Research Group, has been featured on the BBC and in The Telegraph, commenting on its legality. "This paper confirms wh... [more]

UCL-CS to host CS50 Hackathon

"A CS50 Hackathon is an epic late-nighter during which students may dive into a problem set or final project alongside classmates and staff (and food and photos and fun)".

"This hackathon will be an epic opportunity for CS50x students, CS50 AP teachers, and UCL students to dive into any problem set or project alongside classmates, some of CS50's staff from Harvard, and UCLU TechSoc's team."

The event is a great opportunity for students to join a one-day educational hackathon to learn more about computer science, work alongside classmates and dive into problem  sets.   

The hackathon will b... [more]

UCL spinout is awarded the Gartner Cool Vendor in Data Science 2016

Satalia, a UCL Computer Science spinout, is now a Gartner Cool Vendor in Data Science. Cool Vendors in Data Science are among emerging machine learning companies that solve targeted industry problems or make the analysis scalable for big data.

Satalia provides a unique algorithmic technology and professional service to solve industries optimisation problems.

The company joins an illustrious list of previous companies who have been awarded Cool Vendor status, including Dropbox, Nest, Evernote, Cloudera, Palantir and Instagram over the last five years.

Dr Daniel Hulme, Satalia Founder and CEO,... [more]

UCL's Angela Sasse featured in Nature

Angela Sasse, Professor of Human-Centred Security and member of UCL's Information Security Research Group, appears in the latest issue of Nature.

In How to hack the hackers: The human side of cybercrime, Angela addresses ransomware - an extortion scheme in which hackers encrypt the data on a user's computer, then demand money for the digital key to unlock them. Victims get detailed, easy-to-follow instructions for the payment process, and how to use the key. If they run into technical difficulties, there are 24/7 call centres.

This gives way to Angela's belief that the attackers are so far a... [more]

Information Security Degree certified as GCHQ Cyber Security standard

UCL Computer Science's Masters Degree Programme in Information Security has been successfully certified to the 'GCHQ Certified Master's degree in General Cyber Security' standard.

An assessment panel convened comprising of experts from the public and private sectors, as well as independent academics, and spent one and a half days assessing the 16 applications and engaging in serious debate before coming to their decisions.

Master’s degree programmes in cyber security can broaden the understanding of security concepts and technologies and provide a bridge between undergraduate education and ca... [more]

Professor Peter O’Hearn is Awarded the 2016 Gödel Prize

 

Peter O’Hearn, Professor of Computer Science and member of UCL’s Programming Principles, Logic and Verification Research (PPLV) Group, has been awarded the 2016 Gödel Prize. Peter will receive the award jointly with Stephen Brookes, Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, at the 43rd International Colloquium On Automata, Languages and Programming (ICALP 2016), 12-15 July 2016, in Rome, Italy.

Peter’s paper Resources, Concurrency and Logical Reasoning introduces and advances the idea of Concurrent Separation Logic (CSL), which has had a far-reaching impact in both theo... [more]

Dr Venus Shum featured in Royal Academy of Engineering teaching resource

Dr Venus Shum, Senior Research Associate at UCL Computer Science, and member of UCL's world leading Human-Computer Interaction Centre (UCLIC) is featured in maths learning resources for teachers in secondary schools that have been developed by UCL’s London Knowledge Lab, the Royal Academy of Engineering and Cornerstone Maths.

The new mathematics learning resource based on the Linear Function module of the Cornerstone Maths software, features profiles of real life app and game developers in order to highlight the links between maths and real-world coding and how coders, app developers and game ... [more]

Athena SWAN Silver Award for UCL Computer Science

UCL Computer Science has been awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award. This builds on our earlier success in obtaining a bronze award in 2012. We are one of only three Computer Science Departments in the UK to have achieved a Silver Award – none have as yet been awarded Gold.

The Silver Award recognises that we have gone beyond simply identifying problem areas in relation to gender inequality, but that we have been successful in implementing strategies that address these issues; and furthermore have been able to measure our progress towards our goals.

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 200... [more]

Public events announced for first ever UK Robotics Week: 25 June - 1 July 2016

UK robotics innovation is taking centre stage this summer, with the announcement of a nationwide programme of exciting events for the first ever UK Robotics Week (25 June – 1 July 2016). Events for people of all ages are being held up and down the country, spanning public lectures, open labs, schools and academic competitions, hackathons, tech weekends for children, and cutting-edge robotics showcases.

TheEPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network) was established in March 2015 with the mission to provide academic leadership in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS), expan... [more]

Anthony Steed wins 2016 VGTC Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award

The  2016  Virtual  Reality  Technical  Achievement  Award  has been awarded to  Anthony  Steed, Head of the Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics group at UCL Computer Science, in  recognition  of  developments  that  have  significantly advanced research, engineering and applications of virtual reality systems.

The IEEE VGTC Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award was established in 2005. It is given every year to recognize an individual for a seminal technical achievement in virtual and augmented reality, and VGTC members nominate individuals for the Virtual Reality Technical Achi... [more]

UCL partnership to explore the future of 'Connected' Healthcare

Nuffield Health has announced a partnership with UCL Faculty of Engineering to study and strongly evidence the social and economic benefits of connected healthcare – a process that brings together inputs, delivery, diagnostics, treatment, care, rehabilitation and health promotion.

Alan Payne, Chief Digital and Information Officer commented: “Nuffield Health is a unique organisation that brings health and wellbeing together through our network of hospitals and fitness & wellbeing centres. We see connected healthcare as a natural foundation for the future of how we deliver health services throu... [more]

UCL sheds light on phishing scam

Dr Steven Murdoch, Principal Research Fellow at UCL Computer Science, has responded on the BBC to a new type of phishing email that includes the recipient's home address has been received by thousands of people.

Members of the BBC Radio 4's You and Yours team were among those who received the scam emails, claiming they owed hundreds of pounds to UK firms. The firms involved have been inundated with phone calls from worried members of the public.

You and Yours reporter Shari Vahl was one of the first on the team to receive an email.

"The email has good spelling and grammar and my exact home ad... [more]