Computer Science News
At the UCL DigiFest 2014 (ucldigifest.org), the CS Department's Music Systems Engineering Research Team (led by Dr Nicolas Gold) ran a 1.5hr session for people interested in digital music. Participants learned about building digital instruments using the Pure Data programming language, explored the sonic possibilities of synthesised sounds, and then came together as a laptop orchestra to perform a new work composed by one of the department's PhD students, Christodoulos Aspromallis.
Laptop orchestras are an emerging type of ensemble (beginning about ten years ago with Princeton's PLOrk) chara... [more]
Henry Scott-Green and Dominik Krejcik, 2nd and 3rd year Computer Science students at UCL, have won first place in a recent Google Associate Product Manager Challenge.
The challenge brief was to design a windscreen user interface system for the Google X self-driving car project. This was presented to Google product managers and simulated Venture Capitalists at Google's headquarters in Victoria, London. The winning design, as chosen by the panel of judges, was selected because of it's safety-oriented approach, combating the public-perception issue faced by the self-driving car industry.
The wi... [more]
According to Wikipedia a "hackathon" is "an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development ... collaborate intensively on software projects.
This was certainly the case for three UCL undergraduates who took part in the "Disrupt Europe 2014" hackathon in London. The three, Davit Buniatyan, Zahra Traboulsi and Muhammad Dwi Abi Rafdi worked overnight to produce their "Newsly" app. The app employs machine learning APIs to create a news-reader interface which makes it simple for users to express their preferences. The system subsequently reflects these preference... [more]
Fourth year MEng. student Kinga Mrugala has been awarded an "Anita Borg" Scholarship. The award was established by Google "to encourage women to excel in computing and technology and become active role models and leaders in the field". Dr Anita Borg (1949-2003) fought to ensure that technology’s impact would be a positive one. In 1997 she founded the Institute for Women and Technology which today bears her name.
Kinga was one of 78 recipients chosen from applicants across N. America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Awards reflected the "strength of each candidate?s academic background an... [more]
UCL Computer Science has won the funding from Computing at School (CAS) to run a continuing professional development course for ten CAS Master Teachers from September 2014 through to July 2015.
Our principle objective is to provide our CAS Master Teachers with the subject knowledge they need to teach the new curriculum and the pedagogy of how to teach Computer Science. The course kicked-off on the 16th and 17th September with Algorithms and Programming. Professor Stephen Hailes started the day with a review of some of the research in the department, an overview of what computer science is, ho... [more]
UCL Computer Science recently hosted the Fourth Edition of the Advances in Architectural Geometry (AAG) Conference. Running 18th-21st September.
AAG is a symposium where both theoretical and practical work linked to new geometrical developments is presented. This symposium aims to gather the diverse components of the contemporary architectural tendencies which push the building envelope towards free form and respond to the multiple current design challenges. It involves architects, engineers, mathematicians, software designers and contractors. We aim at connecting researchers from architectur... [more]
Lynne Salameh and Astrit Zhushi, two PhD students in the Systems and Networks Research Group at UCL CS, have won the Best Paper Award at the USENIX ATC 2014 conference for their paper: Salameh, L., Zhushi, A., Handley, M., Jamieson, K., and Karp, B., "HACK: Hierarchical ACKs for Efficient Wireless Medium Utilization".
This work tackles a pressing problem in the building of high-speed WiFi networks. Continual improvements to WiFi's physical layer in principle support data transfer at ever-greater bit-rates. But for network applications that send data using the TCP protocol, which account for ... [more]
Jon Gjengset, an MSc NCS postgraduate alum and former research staff in the Systems and Networking Research Group at UCL-CS, has won the Best Presentation award at the ACM MobiCom 2014 Conference in Maui, Hawaii, for his talk on a paper he co-authored, "Enabling Phased Array Signal Processing on Commodity WiFi Access Points". Jon's talk can be found online at http://www.sigmobile.org/mobicom/2014/program.html.
Jon is now pursuing a PhD at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory under the supervision of Robert Morris.
Among other 24 recipients worldwide, Dr. Jun Wang in the Media Futures group at UCL-CS has won the 2014 Yahoo Faculty Research and Engagement Program (FREP) award.
The award was granted for his proposal on "Long-term Portfolio Optimisation and Game-Theoretic Analysis for Native Ads", an idea he introduced from finance to the display advertising field.
Native Advertising is a new form of online advertising that blends online content and advertising (ad) seamlessly. Because of such naturally blending, it departs significantly from traditional display and sponsored search ads and provides a ... [more]
A paper by Bowei Chen, Shuai Yuan, and Jun Wang has received Best Paper award at ADKDD 2014: The 8th International Workshop on Data Mining for Online Advertising, a premier venue for computational advertising.
There are two major ways of selling impressions in display advertising. They are either sold in spot through auction mechanisms or in advance via guaranteed contracts. The former has achieved a significant automation via real-time bidding (RTB); however, the latter is still mainly done over the counter through direct sales. The paper, in the first time, proposes a mathematical model th... [more]