Computer Science News

UCL Machine Learning graduate to present at leading Deep Learning conference

UCL Machine Learning graduate Michal Daniluk is to present his work at the 5th International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR) held in Toulon, France, in April 2017; the most important Deep Learning conference in the field.

Michal will present a paper – “Frustratingly Short Attention Spans in Neural Language Modeling” based on his MSc Machine Learning project, supervised by Tim RocktäschelJohannes Welbl and Sebastian Riedel within the Machine Reading Group

Michal is the receipient of the MSc Machine Learning Programme Director’s Award (2015/2016) for Outstanding Project Repor... [more]

Personalised Medicine Global Challenges: Research Taps into Cerebral Malaria Gene

Towards Understanding Individual Predisposition to Life-Threatening Cerebral Malaria

A multi-site multidisciplinary team led by D. Fernandez-Reyes (UCL Department of Computer Science); S. Marquet and A. Dessein (Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France); O. Doumbo (Faculty of Medicine, Bamako, Mali) and B.J. Brown (College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria) have identified a variant in a key immune-regulatory-network gene (IL-22) that predisposes to childhood life-threatening cerebral malaria. The findings are published in the 31st January issue of Nature Scientific Reports... [more]

Can an algorithm be held culpable for its actions in a court of law?

Can an algorithm be held culpable for its actions in a court of law? In her ongoing project The Trial of Superdebthunterbot, Helen Knowles explores questions of ethics and accountability in relation to the increasing, and often unseen, computer automation of our lives.

The piece imagines a speculative scenario not too far removed from current practices in technology and finance. A debt collecting company buys up student loans and uses big data to ensure fewer loan defaulters by targeting individuals with job adverts posted to their social media pages. A chain of events leads to deaths in medic... [more]

Meet UCL's Haskelly team

UCL Computer Science Undergraduates Janos PoteckMarco Concetto Rudilosso and Marti Serra Vivancos have formed a Haskelly Team and are working on a Visual Studio Code and Microsoft Azure Cloud project, to build a Visual Studio Code extension which supports the teaching and learning of Haskell.

The team are developing an Azure hosted toolset entitled SEAT (Scaffolding Exercise Automation Toolkit) which provides a valuable teaching assistant to the Academics and TA in the evaluation of the Haskell learning from students. Students simply submit assignments and resources to the code validation en... [more]

Computer Science student wins WCIT Bronze Award

The City of London has a long association with the trade organisations, known as liveries, operating within its boundaries. London's livery companies offer a community to their members and are involved in charitable-giving, training and networking opportunities. The livery for computing professionals has the rather grand title of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT). WCIT offers an annual prize for students in the capital and this year Vicky Dineshchandra, a 3rd year Computer Science undergraduate, has won the Bronze award.

Vicky was nominated by the Computer Science depa... [more]

Research explores hospital electronic prescribing

New research is focusing on how hospital electronic prescribing can be used to improve safety and quality of medication use, as a part of the UCL Institute of Digital Health (UCL IDH) and Cerner UK collaborative partnership.

Soomal Mohsin-Shaikh has been recruited as a PhD student at UCL, working with Cerner UK, to explore how introducing electronic prescribing and medication administration (EPMA) in the UK hospital context changes work flow and communication around the use of medication, the extent to which staff try to make it fit existing work processes versus process redesign, and how thes... [more]

Google backing boosts UCL outreach in schools

UCL Computer Science started working with Google in September 2014, following the announcement that computer science would become a core subject in primary and secondary schools. Google subsequently provided grants for two department projects.

In 2015, the UCL outreach team, including Prof Steve Hailes, Rae Harbird and Dr David White, created a course aimed at teachers to enable them to teach computer science in schools. This year, they developed an innovative software tool that simplifies the way students learn programming, allowing them to focus on problem solving and computational thinking... [more]

Echoes Around The Home

Echoes Around The Home is a cross disciplinary project conceived and led by Dr Nicholas Firth, UCL Computer Science Research Associate and member of UCL's Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC).

In the last two years, major advances in voice recognition have led to an increasing number of people using voice-controlled devices in their homes. The Amazon Echo is currently the most popular voice-controlled device in the home, with 5.1 million devices sold by November 2016.

The Echo’s features include responding to commands and questions to carry out such actions as to playing music, reading an... [more]

Paul Samet, 1930 - 2017

We are very saddened to report the death of Prof Paul Samet, a retired member of UCL Computer Science, and a gentleman of the old school, who passed away on 1st January 2017 aged 86. Paul's wife, Joan, predeceased him.

Paul's funeral will be held on Tuesday 7th February 2017, in the West Chapel at Breakspear Crematorium, Breakspear Road, Ruislip HA4 7SJ at 10.45am. Donations in memory of Paul are invited to "National Gallery Trust", and can be made by visiting

Head of Department Prof Steve Hailes has written the following obituary. Former and cur... [more]

GCHQ accelerator selects UCL cyber security start-up

Seven UK start-ups focused on security issues and threats have been selected for an accelerator run by the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

The shortlisted companies include CounterCraft, Cyberowl, Cybersmart, FutureScaper, Spherical Defence, StatusToday and Verimuchme. Spherical Defence, a Cyber Security start-up from Pune, was co-founded by UCL MSc Information Security graduate, Dishant Shah.

Alongside the role of co-founder and Cambridge graduate Jack Hopkins, Spherical Defence builds artificial intelligent security for banks. The start-up pioneers an intrusion detection... [more]

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