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Dr. Jun Wang wins Yahoo! PREP award

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]

Media Futures Group research wins best paper award

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]

3Dami 2014 at UCL

This Summer a group of 13-18 year old school students made 3D computer animated films in just seven days at the 3Dami Summer School (www.3dami.org), hosted by UCL Department of Computer Science. 3Dami is an organisation founded to promote digital art amongst pre-university students, by linking them with each other and industry, and is supported by UCL Engineering. 3Dami?s entirely free Summer School annually welcomes applications and portfolios from hundreds of applications, after which this year twenty seven school students were selected to work in three teams. They were granted complete arti... [more]

UCL Engineering QuanTech exhibition

We recently hosted the UCL Engineering QuanTech project exhibition at Level 39 Incubator, Canary Wharf. It was an opportunity for major finance companies and experts to hear from our multi-discipline teams from software system engineering, risk management, quants, math, electrical and mechanical engineering specialties.  

Project topics included Big Data, CRM, HFT and derivative modelling, all of which are demanded by multinational companies, and are all examples of the architecture implemented by UCL gen-Y engineers.

The Faculty of Engineering at UCL is proud to run one of the most succes... [more]

Justyna Petke, Bill Langdon, Mark Harman win silver medal at GECCO 2014 Humies

CREST Research Associate Justyna Petke's work (in collaboration with Bill Langdon and Mark Harman from CREST and Wes Weimer from the University of Virginia) has won the silver medal at the GECCO 2014 Humies (for Human Competitive Results Using Genetic and Evolutionary Computation). Justyna's approach uses Genetic Improvement to automatically find new versions of the MiniSAT solver specialised and optimised for Combinatorial Interaction Testing (CIT). The work is described in the EuroGP 2014 paper "Using Genetic Improvement & Code Transplants to Specialise a C++ Program to a Problem Class ".

T... [more]

CS research wins best paper award

A paper by Nicolas Mellado and Niloy J. Mitra (of UCL-CS) and Dror Aiger (Google Inc.) has won "Best Paper" award at the Symposium on Geometry Processing, a premier venue for Geometry Processing.

The paper describes Super4PCS, an algorithm for the fast global registration of point-clouds via smart indexing.

This work has been developed in the context of large-scale scene acquisition, to register pairs of point-clouds in the same 3D frame by estimating their relative rotation and translation. Common approaches such as the Iterative Closest Point (ICP) algorithm requires input pose, while the... [more]

Dr Nicolas Courtois on a cashless society, Bitcoin and the future of payments

Dr Nicolas Courtois, Senior Lecturer in Information Security at UCL Computer Science, has been featured on Financial Times Online. Nicolas joins a panel of cryptocurrency experts to discuss a cashless society, Bitcoin and the future of payments. Nicolas is featured at 02.48 and 03.50. See the video here:

http://video.ft.com/3667480923001/Camp-Alphaville-on-cashless-society/Markets

Class of '06 back at UCL

Last month we welcomed our Class of '06 back for a reunion at UCL. Joined by Prof Philip Treleaven and Dr Licia Capra, who both taught our Alumni during their time studying with us, our guests enjoyed a tour of the Department and an exclusive champagne reception on the Wilkins Roof Garden.

On a warm summers afternoon our Class of '06 shared old photos, reminisced about their time here and caught up with friends. They also heard about the latest news and developments at UCL Computer Science. 

The Department was also deeply grateful to receive a donation from our Class of '06. We will keep Alu... [more]

Polecat honoured for software collaboration with UCL

Software and services company Polecat has been awarded the UCL Knowledge Transfer Business of the Year Award 2014 at the university’s annual awards for enterprise.

The company has been presented with the award for its work with UCL scientists to develop MeaningMine, a flagship product which enables senior decision makers to gain insight from unstructured and seemingly unrelated data in the public domain like news, blogs, social media and forum posts.

Using a combination of advanced search, text analytics and learning-based algorithms to analyse statistical and linguistic trends in this d... [more]

App and Coding Curriculum Awards 2014

UCL Computer Science held their annual App Awards event on the 4th June for First Year Undergraduate, MSc Computer Science and MSc Financial Computing students.

Around 220 students with some 70 apps in total have worked in teams with real world clients to develop app technologies as part of their programming and software engineering work. This is a great opportunity to celebrate our student capabilities and especially to open doors for future interdisciplinary collaborations. The large majority of these apps are for clients across UCL faculties, charities and healthcare organisations.

Awar... [more]

London Hopper 2014

London Hopper Colloquium 2014 took place on Thursday 22 May at the BCS Office, London.

The London Hopper Colloquia grew out of the Scottish Hopper Colloquia, and are modelled on the American Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing which is designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. These annual American meetings are held as a tribute to Admiral Grace Murray Hopper - pioneer of the computer business language COBOL - who inspired many young U.S. Naval computing students during her heyday and still continues to inspire computer scientists a... [more]