Computer Science News

UCLB spinout Satalia backs optimisation research unit

Satalia, a UCL Business spin out from the Department of Computer Science at UCL has awarded funding of €465,000 to academics at University of Klagenfurt’s Institute of Mathematics. Award-winning researcher Assistant Professor Dr. Phillip Hungerlander leads the team on this two-year project, which will generate disruptive innovations in Artificial Intelligence and Optimisation Solutions.

The pairing of the Hungerländer academics with Satalia’s own scientists forms a strong multidisciplinary research team of optimisation experts, which will apply methods such as constraint programming and hybrid... [more]

'Spherical Defence Labs' all set to fight Cyber Crime

Working towards the mission to fight cyber crime, graduates from UCL Computer Science and NIT Trichy have come together to form "Spherical Defence Labs", a new startup doing cyber security tests for PayTM and OYO Rooms.

Their inspiration was winning the second place all India at the Microsoft HackCon hacking event, and they went on to establish a global company with offices in London, Pune and California.

The founders of Spherical Defence Labs are four Cyber security experts from UCL and NIT Trichy. They have an extensive background in technology and hacking, and have won multiple events whils... [more]

Sue Black awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list

Sue Black, Honorary Senior Research Associate in the Department, has been awarded an OBE for services to technology. Sue's award is in acknowledgement of her tireless campaign to save Bletchley Park, which she started in 2008. With support from Twitter luminaries such as Stephen Fry and technology companies including Google, Bletchley Park has now been saved. 

The Bletchley Park Trust congratulated Dr Black on the award and said: "Thousands of people, including Sue Black, contributed to the saving of Bletchley Park over more than two decades. Without their collective work, the site would have... [more]

Emine Yilmaz awarded the Microsoft BCS Karen Sparck-Jones Award

The British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group (BCS IRSG) in conjunction with the BCS created the award in 2008 to commemorate the achievements of Karen Spärck Jones. Karen Spärck Jones was a Professor Emerita of Computers and Information at the University of Cambridge and one of the most remarkable women in computer science. She also works as a research consultant for Microsoft Research Cambridge.

Emine Yilmaz is a senior lecturer in the CS department and a member of the department's Media Futures group. She also works as a research consultant for Microsoft Research C... [more]

UCL-CS Graduate wins Guardian Student Media Award

The Guardian Student Media Awards have been running for 36 years. They aim to "seek out the best student writers, designers, broadcasters, editors, and photographers". The "Student media startup of the year" category is "designed to reward the most innovative and impressive experiments in media launched by students within the last three years."

Pietro Passarelli, who graduated with a distinction from UCL's MSc Computer Science programme last year, developed a web tool which allows journalists to search for quotes from a video through an automatically generated transcript and then embed the qu... [more]

UCL Students take part in "International Capture the Flag Competition"

On 4th December, a team of students from UCL CS took part in the International Capture the Flag Competition (iCTF). The iCTF is the largest academic hacking competition in the world, and 35 teams from all over the world participated in this year's edition.

The UCL team, named THOR,  was composed of Tom Sigler, Chris Park, Jason Papapanagiotakis, Azeem Ilyas, Salman Khalifa, Luke Roberts, Haran Anand, Alexis Enston, Austin Chamberlain, Jaromir Latal, Enrico Mariconti, and Razvan Ragazan. Ours was the only team representing the UK.

The students had to create a vulnerable program for other teams ... [more]

Gödel and Turing enter quantum physics

A mathematical problem underlying fundamental questions in particle and quantum physics is provably unsolvable, according to scientists at UCL, Universidad Complutense de Madrid - ICMAT and Technical University of Munich.

It is the first major problem in physics for which such a fundamental limitation could be proven. The findings are important because they show that even a perfect and complete description of the microscopic properties of a material is not enough to predict its macroscopic behaviour.

A small spectral gap – the energy needed to transfer an electron from a low-energy state to ... [more]

Privacy & Us project kicks off

This week, the Privacy & Us project officially started with a kick-off meeting in Munich, Germany.

Funded by the EU H2020 Marie Sk?odowska-Curie program after a highly selective review process (6% acceptance rate), this Innovative Training Network (ITN) will train 13 early stage researchers (ESRs) to be able to reason, design, and develop innovative solutions to questions related to the protection of citizens’ privacy, considering the multidisciplinary and intersectoral aspects of the issue.

ESRs will be trained to face both current and future challenges in the area of privacy and usability, ... [more]

Programming success for UCL CS staff & students

Over the two days of last weekend, two teams from UCL Computer Science travelled to Linköping University to compete in the Northwestern Europe Regional Contest 2015 (NWERC). This is a major international programming competition. Team Carrot, composed of Georgi Georgiev, Wael Al Saeed, and Iuliana Parasca achieved 8th place (of 95), completing eight of the problems, including one considered to be particularly challenging. In this position they finished with a silver medal, the first programming medal we know of in the history of University College London.

Of the UK teams, only Imperial College ... [more]

Ingemar Cox paper wins "Sustained Impact Paper" Award

The paper, by Ingemar J. Cox, Joe Kilian, F. Thomson Leighton, and Talal Shamoon entitled "Secure Spread Spectrum Watermarking for Multimedia" was published in the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing in December 1997. The  IEEE Signal Processing Society's Sustained Impact Paper Award honours the author(s) of a journal article of "broad interest that has had sustained impact over many years on a subject related to the Society's technical scope".

The winning paper presents an algorithm for watermarking images, and a methodology for digital watermarking that may be generalized to audio, video... [more]

Undergraduates present at EHI Live Medical Technology Conference

UCL Computer Science students Henry Scott-Green, Alexander Gamble and Iustin Sibiescu recently travelled to Birmingham to present their software engineering project, Pathways, at the EHI Live medical technology conference.

Developed in collaboration with Dr. Sarah Payne and the Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS trust, a leader in the field of clinical oncology, Pathways is a product built to provide efficient information delivery to gastrointestinal cancer patients.

Before the development of Pathways, vital treatment information was delivered to patients via paper handouts, often unavailable during c... [more]