Computer Science News

Research using statistical NLP algorithm reveals Twitter users' age, gender & socioeconomic status

Computer Science Research Associates Dr Vasileios Lampos and Dr Nikolaos Aletra have collaborated with researchers from the University of Pennsylvania to publish a paper about Twitter - connecting a personís words to age, gender, even socioeconomic status, and taking the next step to linking the online behavior of more than 5,000 Twitter users to their income bracket.

The team published their results in the journal PLOS ONE.

Some of the results validated what's already known, for instance, that a person's words can reveal age and gender, and that these are tied to income. But there were also... [more]

Angela Sasse elected Royal Academy of Engineering Fellow

Angela Sasse, Professor of Human-Centred Security and Head of Information Security Research at UCL Computer Science and Director of the UK Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security (RISCS) is among 50 new Fellows elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The newly elected Fellows represent the cream of the UK engineering profession, including technologists from world-leading engineering companies and distinguished academics from renowned research institutions.

Professor Dame Ann Dowling DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: ?The commitment and energy of ... [more]

Interactive design framework paper featured in CACM

A paper by UCL-CS Professor of Geometry Processing Niloy Mitra, Nobuyuki Umetani (Autodesk) and Takeo Igarashi (The University of Tokyo), has been featured in the prestigious journal "Communications of the ACM". Nobuyuki Umetani, was a visiting student at UCL-CS in 2012 and a PhD candidate at University of Tokyo  when this work was done. The paper, entitled "Guided Exploration of Physically Valid Shapes for Furniture Design", describes an interactive framework for the design of furniture. 

It is common to use computers to design shapes of physical objects such as furniture, but geometric mode... [more]

Artificial intelligence improves fine wine price prediction

The price fluctuation of fine wines can now be predicted more accurately using a novel artificial intelligence approach developed by researchers at UCL. The method could be used to help fine wine investors make more informed decisions about their portfolios and encourage non-wine investors to start looking at wine in this manner and hence increase the net trade of wine. It is expected that similar techniques will be used in other Ďalternative assetsí such as classic cars.

Co-author, Dr Tristan Fletcher, an academic at UCL and founder of quantitative wine asset management firm Invinio, said: ?P... [more]

Coding 'transplant' could revolutionise programming

Code has been automatically "transplanted" from one piece of software to another for the first time, with researchers claiming the breakthrough could radically change how computer programs are created.

The process, demonstrated by researchers at University College London, has been likened to organ transplantation in humans. Known as MuScalpel, it works by isolating the code of a useful feature in a 'donor' program and transplanting this "organ" to the right "vein" in software lacking the feature. Almost all of the transplant is automated, with minimal human involvement.

Automated transplants o... [more]

UCL Engineering & The Bartlett to expand into new space at Here East

UCL Engineering and The Bartlett, UCLís faculty of the Built Environment, will be expanding into premises at Here East on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in early 2016.

Next year, UCL will take possession of 3,000 square metres of 10 metre high studio space at Here East which will be used to undertake ground-breaking research in areas including architecture, infrastructure, transport, robotics, healthcare, manufacturing and environmental measurement. UCL will also develop new education programmes in creative design, using film and performance as well as robotic and networked screen technologies.

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