Special Event: UCL Computer Science Students Showcase 2017

UCL Contact: Dean Mohamedally (Visitors from outside UCL please email in advance).
Date/Time: 26 Apr 17, 08:30 - 20:00
Venue: CS Department
Further Information:

If you would like to attend the student presentations please do register on Eventbrite as there is limited seating.
Go to https://uclcsstudentshowcase.eventbrite.co.uk

See also http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/fileadmin/UCL-CS/images/students/Schedule.jpg


On Wednesday 26th April we cordially invite you to our UCL Computer Science Students Showcase 2017. We will celebrate and highlight the achievements of our Undergraduate and Masters students working with real world clients and partnerships; with charities, healthcare groups, UCL research teams and real-world industrial partners.

Nearly 400 students works will be on display, with poster sessions, presentations and live demonstrations in our labs. We will also have a coding curriculum challenge for schools attending, with exercise materials written by our 1st years in CS. A copy of our projects abstracts will be available on the day, as will the opportunity to vote for the best projects.

Registration is open from 8:30am on the day and it is free to attend. See here for the schedule.

If you would like to attend the student presentations please do register on Eventbrite as there is limited seating. The posters and live demos have also have set schedules throughout the day on the timetable.

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

UCLIC Seminar: Design for Being Online through Life Transitions

Speaker: Abigail Durrant, Northumbria University
UCL Contact: Aneesha Singh (Visitors from outside UCL please email in advance).
Date/Time: 26 Apr 17, 15:00 - 16:00
Venue: Room 405, 66-72 Gower Street


The proliferation of pervasive computing, including online platforms like social media, means that being online is for many now a feature of everyday life. Whilst offering new forms of personal expression, such platforms raise new challenges: for managing separate identities in different life domains, for self-presentation (and self-publishing) to different audiences, and for managing personal privacy and legacy. The idea of creating a 'digital footprint' gains new significance when we consider the life course, and how our individual lives develop and change. In the Human-computer Interaction (HCI) field, there is growing interest in lifespan-oriented research perspectives that consider this developmental aspect; and life transitions arguably provide a valuable context for the study of dynamic and complex lives. I will present design research from a recent EPSRC project that studied online identity management at three major life transitions. I will describe our 'research through design' approach that was interdisciplinary and practice-based, and how our team used novel interface designs to engage research participants in reflection on the subject of 'being online'. A discussion will follow about the role of design practice in interdisciplinary inquiry, and methodological considerations for conducting lifespan-oriented research in HCI.

Abigail Durrant

Abigail is Associate Professor and Leverhulme Fellow in the School of Design at Northumbria University, UK. Her research is based in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and focuses on digital support to identity management and expressions of selfhood, in different contexts and cultures and across the life course. This includes work in sensitive settings and with vulnerable populations. Abigail's background is in design and the social sciences, and her fellowship is delivering methodological insight about the transformational value of design within multi-disciplinary research teams. She has published extensively on HCI and Interaction Design, and is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and the Research through Design Conference Steering Committee.

CMIC Seminar: The SPL: a quarter century of research and translation in technology and biomedicine

Speaker: Ron Kikinis, Surgical Planning Laboratory, Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA
UCL Contact: Dominique Drai (Visitors from outside UCL please email in advance).
Date/Time: 03 May 17, 13:00 - 14:00
Venue: Darwin Building B40 LT


The Surgical Planning Laboratory (SPL) at the Department of Radiology of Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston was founded in 1990 for the investigation and use of image analysis technologies and tools for supporting image guided therapy (IGT). Providing end-to-end solutions to IGT problems requires a combination of different technologies and their integration into working systems. The presentation will cover some of the history and strategy behind the SPL and its parent program, the IGT program at BWH and discuss its current highlights, 3D Slicer and the AMIGO surgical suite.

Susan Hockey Lecture: Where does the born- and reborn-digital material take the Digital Humanities?

Speaker: Niels Brügger, NetLab, Aarhus University, Denmark.
UCL Contact: Tim Weyrich (Visitors from outside UCL please email in advance).
Date/Time: 18 May 17, 18:00 - 19:00
Venue: B40 Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building
Further Information:

The lecture will be live streamed for anyone who is unable to attend.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception. Please note that registration is required for this free event.

Please register here.


In this, the third lecture in the annual Susan Hockey Lecture series, Prof Niels Brügger will discuss digitised, born-digital, and reborn-digital material, and try to understand how each of these types of digital material affects their possible scholarly use.

In the early days of Digital Humanities one of the defining features and great advantages was the digitisation of objects of study that were not initially digital, such as manuscripts, books, or other print media, and later audio-visual media. But within the last decade the amount of material that is born-digital has exploded — according to figures from 2012 Google processes more than 24PB of data per day, thousands of times the quantity of all printed material in the Library of Congress, Facebook gets +10 million photos uploaded every hour, and over an hour of video is uploaded on YouTube every second. How does this new source environment affect the Digital Humanities? Will the Digital Humanities become internet and new media studies?

Based on the argument that digital material is not digital in the same way, just because it is digital this lecture will investigate the nexus between the Digital Humanities and web studies that use the 'reborn' web, that is the archived web. Based on a distinction between digitised, born-digital, and reborn-digital material the lecture will try to understand how each of these types of digital material affects their possible scholarly use, illustrated by a detailed comparison of the nature of a digitised newspaper collection and web archives.

Niels Brügger

Niels Brügger is Professor in Internet Studies and Digital Humanities, and head of the Centre for Internet Studies as well as of the internet research infrastructure NetLab, Aarhus University, Denmark. His research interests are web historiography, web archiving, and media theory.

Within these fields he has published monographs and a number of edited books as well as articles and book chapters. Recent publications include Histories of Public Service Broadcasters on the Web (edited with Maureen Burns, Peter Lang 2012), Web25, a themed issue of New Media & Society, and The Web as History: Using Web Archives to Understand the Past and the Present (edited with Ralph Schroeder, UCL Press 2017). He is co-founder and Managing Editor of the newly founded international journal Internet Histories: Digital Technology, Culture and Society (Taylor & Francis/Routledge).