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Undergraduate Research Group Projects: Prize Winners

On Wednesday 26th March, 3rd year UCL-CS MEng students presented the outcome of their Research Group Projects during a mini-conference event that marked the end of their research module. Five projects in five different research areas have taken place this year: from computational social science to human computer interaction, from information retrieval to natural language processing, to software engineering.

A panel of academics was in charge of nominating the Best Research Group Project of the year. Competition was tough and in the end two projects were equally ranked first: "Task... [more]

CS Student is top digital social innovator

Tomas Diez, a first year Intel PhD student in the UCL Computer Science Department, was featured in the Guardian newspaper in a list of "10 innovative people that are driving some of the most exciting digital social innovations".

The list was compiled by the innovation charity Nesta which is leading the Europe-wide Digital Social Innovation (DSI) research project funded by the European Commission. The project aims to explore the potential in DSI and support more of it to happen.

Tomas Diez is the co-founder of the Smart Citizen Kit project which, in September 2013 won the World Smart Cities... [more]

Installation created that ‘Sounds like DNA’ for play

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.

The web installation (located at http://bit.ly/DNAsound ) was developed by Dr Nicolas Gold in collaboration with Penny Dreadful Productions, and generates music based on different genetic... [more]

Records of Web filtering in Syria analysed for first time

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]

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]

Computer Science crochet wins Darwin competition

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 buys UK artificial intelligence start-up DeepMind

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]

UCL-NII joint project

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]