Computer Science News

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.

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

UCL Engineering and The Bartlett, UCL’s 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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UCL is founder member of EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network

The UK’s ability to develop and exploit the vast potential of Robotics and Autonomous Systems was given a major boost today with the formal launch of The EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network).

The Network will bring together the UK’s core academic capabilities in robotics innovation under national coordination for the first time and encourage academic and industry collaborations that will accelerate the development and adoption of robotics and autonomous systems.

The Network will be unveiled this evening at the Science Museum in London following a public lecture o... [more]

UCL's Team Chime are Atos IT Challenge 2015 finalists

We were delighted that Team Chime from UCL Computer Science finished 3rd at the ATOS IT Challenge 2015 in Paris, with a design for the doorbell of the future, which lets you answer your door from your phone anywhere, anytime.

The theme for this year?s Atos IT Challenge was Connected Living. Participating students were asked to uncover the opportunities enabled by the Third Digital Revolution  which will see 25 billion objects connected to the Internet by 2018. Knowing that the benefit of connecting people, devices, processes, location and other data sources will be measured in how new service... [more]

Term closes with 4th annual robot race

Term closed with our first year undergraduate students taking part in our annual robot race. The event, now in its fourth year, is the culmination of the Robotics Programming module. This takes hands-on project work and programming skills already learned to encourage students to solve problems, including devising strategies for structuring code, dividing problems up into pieces that can be solved independently, then integrating the pieces into a whole to solve a larger problem.

As the race days approach, students are still unaware of the track layout, on the ray days they must battle the cloc... [more]

DUCO awards 2nd Year Undergrad cash prizes

We were delighted to welcome award winning fintech company DUCO to award their sponsored cash prizes for the best Computer Science 2nd Year Undergraduate Proof of Concept Projects. 

The Department is grateful to DUCO for their support and we thank UCL alumnus Dr Christian Nentwich, CEO and Co-Founder of DUCO, and Mr Michael Marconi, Co-Founder of Duco, for joining us at our prizegiving and announcing the project Guy’s and St Thomas’ Personalised Treatment Pathway & Patient Journal Project as the winner. Our congratulations go to Alexander Gamble, Henry Scott-Green and Iustin Sibiescu as winnin... [more]

Gordana Novakovic to speak at "Web We Want" festival

Gordana Novakovic, the CS Department's artist in residence, has been invited to speak at panel discussion at the "Web We Want" festival of creative workshops, digital art and talks to celebrate how and why the World-wide Web has transformed the world.

The panel is entitled 'Neuroplasticity and the Web: How Technology is Changing the Brain' and will address the question "In this age of rapid technological development ... is technology affecting the architecture of our brains."

1st yr undergrads at Microsoft's Devices & Networking Summit

In collaboration with Microsoft UK, Microsoft Research and Microsoft USA, the UCL Engduino has successfully been integrated with the TouchDevelop programming environment which was demonstrated at the Microsoft Research Devices and Networking Summit 2015 in Paris.

This hands-on model of teaching kids to program with devices and sensors opens doors to a huge arena of CS education. A cohort of first year Computer Science students have developed the UCL Coding Curriculum, which will be updated yearly with exercises for school children to learn to code with.

At the Summit in Paris, five of the fir... [more]

Dr Steve Hailes receives Engineering Engagement Outstanding Contribution Award

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Dr Steve Hailes (Department of Computer Science) has received the Outstanding Contribution Award at the Provost's Engineering Engagement Awards ceremony

Steve Hailes commented: "this is actually a result of teamwork. The department (and faculty) set out to be more proactive in engaging with the school community, and many people have bought into that and have put a lot of hard work into making it a success. There have been too many to name individually, but they range from those in my research group to the department's professional services staff, teaching staff and students. Most import... [more]

Dr Sarah Meiklejohn honoured by UC San Diego

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Dr Sarah Meiklejohn, a lecturer in the department and member of the Information Security group, has been honoured by the University of California San Diego. In recognition of the outstanding PhD dissertation she completed there in 2014, she has been awarded the 2015 Chancellor's Dissertation Medal.

Her dissertation, "Flexible Models for Secure Systems", proposes methods to track real-world cyber criminals. Professor Mihir Bellare, who recommended Meiklejohn for the honour, said that the results of her thesis "have shaped government policy". He added "the thesis introduces an innovative new ex... [more]

UCL welcomes top software engineers from NII Tokyo

This was the fourth successful year of the International Software engineering event where students from the National Institute of Informatics (NII) Tokyo国立情報学研究所 collaborate on a research project with students from UCL computer science (UCLCS).

The overall aim of this year?s big data research project was to see if Transport for London?s (TfL) cycle hire scheme could be optimised and the service improved for users and operators, using TfL?s publicly available Open Data. Dr Tanable Yoshinori brought students enrolled in NII?s TopSE (education program for top software engineers) to UCL for the f... [more]

Chirp is 1st UCL company to run a crowdfunding campaign

UCL spinout Chirp, today announces a major platform upgrade and the launch of a crowdfunding campaign on CrowdCube.

Devices ‘sing’ data to each other via a tiny audio clip called a chirp. This unique, data-over-sound technology was originally conceived in the Department of Computer Science at UCL.

By removing the need for typing addresses, entering passwords or pairing devices, Chirp makes sharing data incredibly easy. Pictures, videos and text can be chirped from anything that generates sound - including radios, TVs, mobile devices and toys.

Chirp?s crowdfunding campaign, the first for a UCL... [more]

Mediagamma secures seed funding for automated digital ad futures & options exchange

MediaGamma, the first automatic futures and options exchange for digital advertising, today announced the closing of their seed round. The company which is spun out of the Department of Computer Science at UCL and is supported by UCL Business PLC (UCLB), is focused on bringing new trading methodologies and products to the programmatic digital advertising sector— a global marketplace that will reach approximately US $53 billion by 20181.

Much like modern financial markets, the MediaGamma exchange offers the ability for buyers and sellers to agree on a price and volume for future real-time media... [more]