Computer Science News

Bio-Inspired Robotics Summer School success

As part of the week-long celebrations for UK National Robotics Week, UCL Computer Science, led by Professor Steve Hailes and Dr Rae Harbird, hosted a Bio-Inspired Robotics Summer School.

Year 12 school students from local London schools had the opportunity to use their creativity and ingenuity to design and build robots that can jump, walk and slither. They were taught by world-leading experts in the field of robotics from academia and industry; and were encouraged to think about issues around functionality, autonomy, intelligence, control and structures of bio-inspired robots and experiment w... [more]

5th Privacy by Design award for UCL Information Security paper

Research at UCL Computer Science has been recognised with an award presented by the Catalan Data Protection Authority. 

The paper Efficient Private Statistics with Succinct Sketches, authored by Information Security Research Group members  PhD Student Luca Melis,  Professor of Security and Privacy Engineering George Danezis, and Senior Lecturer Emiliano De Cristofaro, was published at The Network and Distributed System Security Symposium 2016 (NDSS 16), and has now won the 5th Privacy by Design Award. The work supported privacy-preserving simple machine learning tasks via private statistics.

T... [more]

Computer Science wins Zero Tolerance To Sexual Harassment Award

On Wednesday 14 June UCL Computer Science was presented with a Zero Tolerance To Sexual Harassment Award to celebrate the work of its staff and students over the past year in creating a Zero Tolerance environment at UCL.

Computer Science was named as one of thirty departments across UCL to have successfully implemented all elements of the Zero Tolerance Pledge, as part of a campaign run by UCLU.

The Department would like to thank JJ Giwa (photographed receiving the award) for arranging seminars and acting as the first point of contact, while incoming students have been trained to be Active Bys... [more]

Is the Internet of Things secure?

Steven Murdoch, Research Fellow in the Information Security Research Group at UCL Computer Science has been interviewed for The Naked Scientists, 'Is the Internet of Things secure?'.

The radio broadcast is available here (available until 3 July 2017); a transcript appears below between Steven and Timothy Revell:

A world is fast approaching where everything around us is connected to the Internet. Your fridge will shop online for more milk and ice-cream when you run low, your phone will tell your oven that you’re behind schedule on the journey home and to turn the dinner down, and the heating wi... [more]

UCL delivers first systematic study of the network effects shaping digital reputation in P2P platforms

Three researchers from UCL Computer Science, Giacomo Livan, Fabio Caccioli, and Tomaso Aste, have shown that the reputation systems that underpin online P2P platforms (such as Uber and AirBnB) can be made unreliable for all participants by some users’ tendency to exchange ratings. The findings are published in the 14th June issue of Nature Scientific Reports: “Excess reciprocity distorts reputation in online social networks”.

The current landscape of the online digital economy is largely organized as a “platform society” of users who exchange knowledge, goods, and resources on a peer-to-peer b... [more]

Shining a light on the dark corners of the web

Gianluca Stringhini, lecturer in UCL's Information Security group, is featured in a Nature feature: 'Shining a light on the dark corners of the web'. Gianluca was interviewed about the group's research around 4chan, fake news, online raids and hate speech.

As a cybercrime researcher Gianluca he has studied ransomware, online-dating scams and money laundering. In May, his team published two papers exploring how hate speech and fake news are spread around the Internet, focusing on the notorious but popular 4chan message boards.

In a conference-proceedings paper, the researchers analysed 8 millio... [more]

UCL 1st Workshop in Biological Computational Systems

The aim of this workshop is to bring together people and ideas that would not otherwise meet: leading scientists at the intersection of biology, chemistry, engineering and computer science; to discuss the potential of Biological Computational Systems.

Computation is an intrinsic attribute of biological systems: gathering and processing of information and respond to an external environment. Over the last century, several research fields have adopted the intuition and the analysis of living organisms as information processing systems.

The ability to read biological information at large-scale (i.... [more]

Rosetta Zhang presents poster at the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium 2017

The British Computer Society (BCS) holds an annual, one day conference called the Lovelace Colloquium for female students studying Computer Science at university. All participants are required to prepare and present a poster and there are also a stimulating series of talks covering career advice. 

This year, Rosetta Zhang, a first year Computer Science student at UCL, successfully gained a place at the colloquium which was held at Aberystwyth University on 12th April. Her poster topic was “How did AlphaGo beat a legendary Go master?”.

Rosetta explained how AlphaGo won the match against the 18-... [more]

Danny Alexander and Andrada Ianus awarded ISMRM fellowships

Danny Alexander, Professor of Imaging Science and Director of UCL's Microstructure Imaging Group, and Andrada Ianus, Research Fellow in Biomedical Imaging, have been awarded ISMRM fellowships.

Danny received senior fellowship of the ISMRM and Andrada received junior fellowship of the ISMRM at the annual meeting in Honolulu on 24 April 2017.

The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) is a multi-disciplinary nonprofit association that promotes innovation, development, and application of magnetic resonance techniques in medicine and biology throughout the world.

It is a ... [more]

UCL Computer Science secures £1.5 million EPSRC Global Challenges Research Funding to Tackle Malaria Diagnosis in sub-Saharan Africa using robotics, computer vision and machine learning

A multidisciplinary team led by Delmiro Fernandez-Reyes, Reader in Digital Health & Intelligent Systems at UCL Computer Science, in equal collaboration with the College of Medicine of the University of Ibadan (COMUI), Nigeria, has been carrying out research to produce a novel fast robotic-automated computational system capable of reliably diagnosing malaria in sub-Saharan West-Africa.

The team, comprising Delmiro Fernandez-Reyes, Mandayam A. Srinivasan and John Shawe-Taylor (UCL Department of Computer Science) and Biobele J. Brown, Ikeoluwa Lagunju and Olugbemiro Sodeinde (COMUI Department of ... [more]

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