Computer Science News

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 UCLís 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 Kautzís co-authored paper featured on cover of CACM.

Jan Kautzís 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 Alglaveís 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 Bupaís global health expertise with UCLís 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 Kingís 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]

SnapIT

SnapIT is a camera triggering app developed by UCL MSc. Computer Science students Jack Armstrong, Abhishek Ambastha and Matt Arneil, for their projects associated with an app development module. For this course, students team up with industry, in this case, Triggertrap, to deliver innovative and forward thinking software solutions.

SnapIT allows Windows phone users to trigger their DSLR camera with their Windows device, after connecting them with the Triggertrap dongle, available here:

http://shop.triggertrap.com/collections/triggertrap-mobile-kits

SnapIT provides a number of functions that ... [more]

Computer Science collaborates with Google to track flu outbreaks

UCL and i-sense have joined forces with Google to contribute to the earlier global detection of influenza outbreaks.

Each year, seasonal influenza affects many thousands of people in the UK and millions worldwide, producing symptoms ranging from those similar to a common cold through to very severe symptoms and in some cases, death. In contrast, pandemic influenza is unpredictable and has the potential to cause severe illness and death in large numbers. 

The Google Flu Trends service uses flu‐related search queries to map flu activity in near real‐time. These trends can be used to complement... [more]