Computer Science News

Peter Kirstein wins 2015 Marconi Society Prize

Professor Peter Kirstein has been awarded the prestigious 2015 Marconi Society Prize for his ‘tireless advocacy and pioneering technical contributions to computer networking which helped establish and expand the Internet in Europe and many other parts of the world.’

The Marconi Prize is given each year to a scientist or engineer who achieves advances in communications and information technology for the social, economic and cultural development of humanity.

?Peter is often recognized as the father of the European Internet,? said Vint Cerf, co-inventor of TCP/IP protocol.  ?But that phrase und... [more]

HIV spreads like internet malware and should be treated earlier

HIV specialists and network security experts at UCL noticed that the spread of HIV through the body using two methods – via the bloodstream and directly between cells – was similar to how some computer worms spread through both the internet and local networks respectively to infect as many computers as possible. They worked together to create a model for this ‘hybrid spreading’, which accurately predicted patients’ progression from HIV to AIDS in a major clinical trial.

Detailed sample data from 17 HIV patients from London were used to verify the model, showing that hybrid spreading provides t... [more]

MSc Computer Science students win #BuildTheNews Hackathon

Last weekend UCL MSc Computer Science student Pietro Passarelli took part in the #BuildTheNews Hackaton organised by The Times ( - and was part of the winning team.

Pietro commented on the hackathon:

"I am interested in learning more about NLP and I thought this would have been a good chance to try out a video system that would generate transcription, identify the different speakers, provide summary of main topics and keywords as well as the emotional charge of the speaker.We decided to use the upcoming elections debate  as a use case, but this could be gen... [more]

Register now for London Hopper 2015

UCL Computer Science and the BCS Academy will be presenting the 11th. London Hopper Colloquium on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 at the BCS headquarters in London. This 1-day event is free and will feature women speakers talking about their research, a spotlight competition open to postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers, and lots of opportunities to network with other new researchers in computing.

Confirmed speakers and titles of their talks are:

· Dr. Tracy Hall, Brunel University: Understanding, Finding and Eliminating Faults in Software

· Professor Carron Shankland, University of Sti... [more]

Students take part in Microsoft Band Hackathon

At Microsoft Ventures Whitechapel, David Xiao and Mark Menezes from UCL Computer Science (BSC and MEng First Years) took part in a prestigious early access hackathon of the yet-to-the-released in the UK Microsoft Band


After arriving early in the afternoon, the students along with other participants were briefed with a short presentation about the Microsoft Band, describing the capabilities of the Microsoft Band, and potential uses.

When the presentation ended, ideas for apps were discussed, where David came up with the idea of creating an app th... [more]

Fully-funded PhD scholarships in digital health & wellbeing

Applications are invited from prospective PhD students and UCL staff for three-year fully funded PhD scholarships in digital health and wellbeing. Students may be based in any academic discipline, such as computer science, behaviour science and human-computer interaction.

Bupa Global Institute for Digital Health Excellence(GLIDHE) is a new partnership between UCL and Bupa, established to develop digital health enabled solutions, evidenced by research.

The Institute will focus on the development of predictive techniques for behaviour change that are sustainable, to reduce the global burden o... [more]

UCL Interaction Centre Researcher wins British Library Competition

Sarah Wiseman was awarded 1st place in the #ShareMyThesis competition 2015.

The #ShareMyThesis competition challenged PhD students past and present to summarise why their PhD research is important  - in 140 characters or less. The competition was open worldwide.

Sarah's research was on "The Importance of Understanding Number Entry". As motivation for her research she notes "... many people have lost a lot of money by sending it to the wrong person. But that?s only money. Sometimes the consequences of number entry error can be even more severe: when a doctor or nurse types a number incorrect... [more]

UCLIC: most successful UK HCI group at CHI2015

Authors from UCL will have a great presence at CHI 2015, the premier conference in Human-Computer Interaction, which takes place in Seoul, Korea, April 18 - 23 2015.

Check out this list, which makes UCL Interaction Centre the most successful UK HCI group at #chi2015!

We are delighted that four of our papers received Best of CHI Honorable Mentions.

For over 30 years, the CHI conference  has attracted the world?s leading researchers and practitioners in the field of HCI from businesses and universities to share ground-breaking research and innovations related to how humans interact with digi... [more]

Fourth Annual Alumni Dinner

We are pleased to announce our 4th Annual Alumni Dinner on Thursday 23 April.

Alumni, guests and friends of the department are welcome to join us for a drinks reception and three-course meal, followed by a talk from our distinguished guest speaker Dr Zoe Laughlin.

Zoe Laughlin is a co-founder/director of UCL’s Institute of Making and the Materials Library project. She holds an MA from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design and obtained a PhD in Materials within the Division of Engineering, King's College London. Working at the interface of the science, art, craft and design of m... [more]

Jan Kautz’s co-authored paper featured on cover of CACM.

Jan Kautz’s co-authored paper "Local Laplacian Filters: Edge-aware Image Processing with a Laplacian Pyramid" is featured on the cover and in the research highlights of Communications of the ACM.

The technique is outlined in a video presented by co-author Sylvain Paris and in the abstract below.

The Laplacian pyramid is ubiquitous for decomposing images into multiple scales and is widely used for image analysis. However, because it is constructed with spatially invariant Gaussian kernels, the Laplacian pyramid is widely believed to be ill-suited for representing edges, as well as for edge-a... [more]

Dr Jade Alglave wins prestigious Royal Society award

Dr Jade Alglave, Lecturer and member of the Programming Principles, Logic & Verification Research Group at UCL Computer Science, has been named as the winner of the Brian Mercer Award for Innovation by the Royal Society.

The award funds researchers to build on their concepts to bring new ideas to market, and aims to promote links between the academic community, business and industry.

Dr Alglave’s research into multiprocessor technology has led to the development of .cat, a standard verification format for hardware chips.

Multiprocessors by ARM, AMD, IBM, Intel, or NVidia are found in device... [more]

*NEW* DUCO prizes for Undergraduates

We are delighted to welcome award winning tech company DUCO as sponsors for 2015 Undergraduate Prizes for second and final year students.

Computer Science second and final year Undergraduates will be rewarded for academic excellence with cash prizes kindly donated by our sponsor DUCO - a London-based fintech company that helps banks outsource reconciliation processes.

DUCO's sponsorship for second year prizes is based on students work on real life projects with leading industry clients. This culminates in a showcase of our students' "Proof of Concepts" with a series of live demos, presentation... [more]

New Global Digital Health Institute launched by Bupa & UCL

Bupa and University College London (UCL) are pleased to announce their new collaborative project, the Global Institute for Digital Health Excellence (GLIDHE), combining Bupa’s global health expertise with UCL’s research capabilities.

With the intention of reducing global demands on healthcare and improving quality of life, GLIDHE will research, create, test and evaluate innovative, commercially sustainable digital tools which promote healthier lifestyles. The aim is to improve the lives of millions of people and create a significant evidence base to shape the future of digital health.  

GLIDH... [more]

UCL founding member of Alan Turing Institute for Data Science

UCL will be one of five academic partners for the new Alan Turing Institute for Data Science. Based at the new King’s Cross Knowledge Quarter, the national Institute will draw together computer scientists, mathematicians, statisticians and more to work on this key driver for the economy.

Named after the World War Two codebreaker and mathematician, also the subject of a recent biopic, the Alan Turing Institute was proposed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) on behalf of the UK government. It will be housed in the British Library initially before moving to a purpo... [more]