Computer Science News

Tribute to Bowen Zheng

The Department of Computer Science is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Bowen Zheng, a PhD student in Machine Learning, who has died after a brave battle with cancer. Bowen had been a member of the UCL community since 2011, first completing a BSc in Chemical Engineering, an MSc in Computer Science and an MRes in Computational Statistics and Machine Learning.

Bowen’s supervisor, Dr David Barber, has written the following tribute:

Bowen showed a real passion for Computer Science, particularly in the areas of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Although he did not have the mo... [more]

CS Students to Present at the Conference for Mining Software Repositories

We are delighted to report that a group of five MSc Software Systems Engineering and MSc Financial Systems Engineering students from the Department of Computer Science has been accepted to present at the 2018 Conference for Mining Software Repositories (MSR).

The successful students came up with the idea for their submission in a piece of coursework for the UCL COMPGS04 module entitled ‘Tools and Environments’. By combing the latest thinking in software engineering and decades of academic staff members’ experience working on real-life projects, the module prepares students for the fundamental... [more]

MediaGamma Receives UCL Technology Fund Investment

MediaGamma, the predictive analytics software company, has received a second round of investment from UCL Technology Fund, this time in collaboration with ParkWalk Advisors and the London Co-Investment Fund (LCIF). The start-up was spun out by UCL Business in 2014 to commercialise research developed by Jun Wang, Professor of Information Systems and Data Science in UCL Computer Science.

"In recent years, researchers have demonstrated that using reinforcement learning machines can take intelligent actions, moving from predictions to end-to-end decision making and long-term goal optimisation,” e... [more]

UCL CS Named in the 10 Most Improved Computer Science Departments Internationally

UCL Computer Science is one of the world’s 10 most improved CS Departments this year, according to the QS World University Rankings 2018.

The QS World University Rankings produce an annual comparison of the world’s leading institutions. They employ a methodology of six simple metrics, which they believe effectively capture university performance, to explore top universities by region and subject. These include research impact, employer and academic reputations and citations.

The only UK institution to feature on this list of most improved top computer science departments, UCL CS has moved up... [more]

Cutting-Edge MRI Research Awarded Global Challenges Research Fund

Professor Daniel Alexander and Dr Delmiro Fernandez-Reyes have been awarded a prestigious Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) from the EPSRC for their research entitled Enabling Clinical Decisions from Low-power MRI in Developing Nations through Image Quality Transfer.

Their success makes Computer Science the only department in the Faculty of Engineering to have received two of these large GCRF grants. The team will receive over £1 million over 3 years for their research.

The duo from UCL Computer Science received this grant in partnership with overseas investigators led by Professor Ikeo... [more]

UCL-EPFL Team Wins NDSS Distinguished Paper Award

We are very pleased to announce that Apostolos Pyrgelis and Dr Emiliano De Cristofaro, of UCL Department of Computer Science, and their collaborator Dr Carmela Troncoso, of EPFL, have won one of the two Distinguished Paper Awards at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS) 2018.

The NDSS symposium takes place annually in San Diego, and provides a platform for knowledge exchange among researchers and practitioners of network and distributed system security. It is the Internet Society’s flagship security conference, and is lauded as one of the top four academic conferences i... [more]

Niloy Mitra to Receive Google Research Award

We are delighted to announce that Professor Niloy Mitra has been selected to receive a Google Research Award for his research on the topic of "UrbanPlan: Creating Massive-scale Structured Urban Models." Professor Mitra’s work will be supported by an unrestricted research grant for one year.

“I am very proud to have received such a competitive award,” said Professor Mitra. “The research fund will be used to partially support our ongoing research on semantic urban reconstruction.”

The Google Research Awards are part of the company’s commitment to developing new technologies to help users find ... [more]

GDI Hub announces new MSc in Disability, Design and Innovation

On Monday 19 February, the Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub opened its doors to friends, fellow academics, collaborators and the general public, to celebrate its move to UCL Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The GDI Hub is a new Research Centre based in UCL Engineering. Its aim is to build a movement to accelerate disability innovation for a fairer world. By harnessing technology for good, and by connecting community partners and start-ups with academics and businesses, it undertakes projects to deliver strategic global impact in accessibility innovation, with the UN, NGOs, Gover... [more]

UCL CS Students Visit NII Tokyo

From 12 to 16 February 2018, a team of six students from UCL Computer Science visited the National Institute of Informatics (NII), Tokyo with Dr Ghita Kouadri. This year marks the seventh year of a partnership between UCL Computer Science and the NII.

Abdul-Qadir Ali and Elham Binshaflout acted as joint team leaders, and were joined by classmates John Wilkie, Daniel Munkacsi, Norah Aba Numay and Siqi Miao. All six students were chosen for their professionalism, academic knowledge and motivation.

“Our UCL CS students play a fantastic part in a joint venture with scope for future engineering d... [more]

UCL AI Spinout Re:infer Raises $3.5m

Re:infer, a spinout from UCL’s AI lab, has raised $3.5m (£2.5m) in a round led by Touchstone Innovations.

The artificial intelligence start-up, which delivers cognitive automation, also drew support from Crane Ventures alongside existing backers Seedcamp and Dr Jason Kingdon, an AI pioneer.

"I'm really proud to have helped support re:infer,” said Dr David Barber, co-founder of re:infer. “The core team are all UCL CS graduates with Marius and Cristi having been star performers on our MSc in Computational Statistics and Machine Learning. Ed completed a very successful PhD in Machine Learning w... [more]

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