Computer Science News
Dr Nicolas Gold, Software Systems Engineering Senior Lecturer at UCL-CS has produced an interactive installation, ‘Sounds like DNA’ in association with the art-science theatre piece ‘How to be Immortal’. In this piece of new writing, produced with advice from UCL medical researchers, Penny Dreadful Productions explore themes of immortality, genetics and cancer. The show is currently touring the UK.
Real data on the filtering methods used for web censorship in Syria in 2011 have been analysed for the first time by researchers at INRIA (The French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation), NICTA (Australia) and UCL. This analysis reveals the techniques used to monitor, filter and block traffic from Syrian users. These include address blocks based on geographic location, and requests containing specific keywords related to censorship avoidance.
Studying how Internet censorship is practiced in the real world is difficult due to lack of data. Previously studies have... [more]
Our Third Annual Alumni Dinner will be on Thursday 27 March. To book click here. The evening will include a drinks reception and a three-course meal, followed by a talk from our distinguished guest Prof Peter Kirstein.
Prof Peter Kirstein, CBE, joined the Department in 1973 (then the Department of Statistics and Computer Science), was appointed the first Head of the newly formed Department of Computer Science in 1980, and served until 1994. Peter continues to work for tirelessly for the Department and also helps developing countries create networking capabilities, in particular through... [more]
37 MSc and MEng students deploy Big Data Infrastructure project for the UK Housing Associations with Microsoft UK
We are delighted to announce, the Microsoft-UCL collaboration's latest and largest academic partnership project has just deployed it's first iteration to Microsoft UK. The UK Future Living platform was directed and co-supervised by Paul Foster from Microsoft UK.
It involved 37 students from MSc Software Systems Engineering, MSc Financial Systems Engineering and MEng Computer Science students working together as a hierarchy of teams on their study of Systems Integration, from UCL Computer Science. Well done to all of our students who over the space of just 10 weeks, worked on this huge... [more]
When the Grant Museum moved to its new location from UCL’s Darwin building, the bust of the famous biologist that had stood in its window went with it. A new eponymous figurehead was needed for the site where he lived, and where UCL biosciences researchers now continue his work. Through a university-wide competition the making and measuring skills of UCL’s population have been harnessed to create a multitude, although not quite an endless one, of Darwin forms.
A 3D scan of the bust recorded by UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatics researcher Mona Hess was shared with members of UCL?s... [more]
Google has bought UK start-up DeepMind for a reported £400m, making the artificial intelligence firm its largest European acquisition so far.
DeepMind was founded by 37-year-old neuroscientist and former teenage chess prodigy Demis Hassabis, along with Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman. The artificial intelligence company specialises in algorithms and machine learning for e-commerce and games.
Demis Hassabis previously led a study at UCL in 2009 that investigated human brains and neural activity, with a focus on combining medical knowledge and technology to help machines to learn and improve... [more]
The third International Software Engineering (ISE) event has successfully been completed by UCL Computer Science (UCLCS) in partnership with TopSE from the National Institute of Informatics (NII), Tokyo.
This year teams of students, drawn from both institutions, focused on project management. UCLCS students, taking the COMP3001 module, initially undertook five weeks of study to explore the project management techniques needed for success in IT projects. Graham Collins, one of the module lecturers, set a study into the project management of Big Data projects as coursework for the UCL-CS... [more]
Computer Science is delighted to announce that a new centre for doctoral training in Delivering Quantum Technologies will be established with EPSRC funding from September 2014.
Quantum technologies involve the control and manipulation of quantum states to achieve results not possible with classical matter; they promise a transformation of measurement, communication and computation. The highly-skilled researchers who will be the future leaders in this field must be equipped to function in a complex research and engineering landscape where quantum physics meets cryptography, complexity and... [more]
Media Futures Phd Students Weinan Zhang and Shuai Yuan have won the first global RTB bidding algorithm competition, which was organised by iPinYou, the largest real-time advertising platform in China. In this season, data scientists from eight countries, including China, USA, UK, India and France, have participated in the competition and made over 2000 submissions.
The IPinYou global RTB (Real-Time Bidding, see here for more details) algorithm competition kicked off on April 1, 2013 and lasted for 9 months. The purpose of this competition is to further improve the performance of DSP bidding... [more]
The CHI+MED project and UCL Interaction Centre invite teams of students to design a game that will be made freely available on errordiary.org. Prizes will be awarded at the final showcase, including £1000 for first place, £500 for runner up and £500 for the people’s choice. Get started by registering here for our kick-off event, taking place on Feb 1st 2014 at UCL.
We?ll have a series of mini-talks by domain experts who will present perspectives that relate to key aspects of our research including: human error, blame culture and working within healthcare. We?ll also have an exciting session... [more]
We are delighted to announce that two UCL Computer Science colleagues have been appointed to prestigious ACM Fellowships this year:
- Ingemar Cox, Professor of Telecommunications, for contributions to computer vision, image retrieval, and digital watermarking; and
- Stephen Robertson, Visiting Professor, for contributions to the theory and practice of information retrieval.
ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, to advance computing as a science and a profession.
ACM recognises its members for their contributions to computing... [more]
Scientists from University College London, Manchester and the University of Cambridge have been awarded £2.8million for a collaborative project to help us learn more about how cells develop and form particular types of body tissue
The award is part of a £17.7million cash-injection by the BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council) aimed at harnessing the power of bioscience and make significant impacts in health as well as agriculture, alternatives to fossil fuels, and using biology to produce important commercial products.
The research team will be using fruit fly embryo... [more]
Organised by the UCL Financial Industry Series, this year's Hackin' the City Winter Hackathon took place at Level39 Technology Accelerator in Canary Wharf. It provided a platform for the brightest Computer Science students in the country to pit their skills against each other in a round the clock Hackathon. A total of 32 students attended, including students from UCL, London School of
Economics, Newcastle University, Royal Holloway, Kings College London, and Imperial College London. We had a diverse selection of contestants from a range of academic backgrounds such as Computer Science,... [more]
CS EngD VEIV Student Jozef Doboš has been shortlisted for Royal Academy of Engineering ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs Award. The shortlisting is for Jozef's "3D Repo" work, a novel system for version control of 3D engineering models. The work has been supervised by Prof Anthony Steed.
The Royal Academy of Engineering ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs Award "seeks to identify, encourage and reward young engineering researchers working in UK universities, in the broad field involving electro-technology". The Award "seeks to encourage innovation, meaning the emergence... [more]