Computer Science News

Senior Academic and Research Fellow Promotions Announced

We are delighted to announce the following new academic and research fellow promotions in the Department of Computer Science.

Head of Department, Professor John Shawe-Taylor, sent a personal note of congratulations to his eight newly promoted colleagues: "I am so proud to see the leaders of tomorrow emerging from our ranks. All of those who been recognised for their outstanding achievements in this year's senior promotions' list are truly deserving."

 

Dr David Barber – Promotion to Professor of Machine Learning

David leads a team of around 10 PhD students at UCL on machine learning, with ... [more]

UCL Computer Vision Spin-Out Acquired by Niantic Inc.

UCL spin-out Matrix Mill Ltd, a company specialising in applying artificial intelligence and machine vision research to solve industry problems, has been acquired by Niantic Labs Inc., an augmented reality (AR) technology company famous for the mobile game phenomenon Pokémon Go.

Matrix Mill was co-founded by Dr Gabriel Brostow, of UCL Computer Science, with two of his team, Dr Michael Firman and Dr Daniyar Turmukhambetov, following years of pioneering research into building and perfecting deep neural networks that can infer information about the surrounding world, from one or more cameras.

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Alexander Hicks Wins ACE-CSR Pitch Competition

We are delighted to announce that Alexander Hicks recently won the PhD student pitch competition at the annual ACE-CSR conference. Hicks’s winning pitch was on the topic of his research into verifiable auditing of access to confidential data.

The Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) scheme continues to play a key role in the Government’s approach to maintaining and enhancing the UK’s reputation as a global leader in cyber security research. The annual conference provides a platform for Government, its delivery partners and researchers in the field of cyber secur... [more]

Dr Jade Alglave receives Academy Silver Medal

We are delighted to announce that Dr Jade Alglave received the Royal Academy of Engineering’s prestigious Silver Medal at the Academy Awards Dinner in London on Wednesday 27 June. Computer scientist Dr Jade Alglave, of UCL and ARM Ltd, has led the development of novel techniques to model the behaviour of multiprocessors, helping to overcome the difficulty of finding bugs in concurrent programmes where running those programmes can lead to many different, and unexpected, outcomes.

Concurrent programming, where separate components of a program are run at the same time, is an important function ... [more]

UCL’s Shehar Bano Named To MIT Technology Review’s 2018 Innovators Under 35 List

We are delighted to announce that UCL’s Shehar Bano has been named to MIT Technology Review’s prestigious annual list of Innovators Under 35 as a Visionary. For over a decade, the global media company has recognized a list of exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world.

Shehar Bano, who is a postdoctoral researcher in the The Information Security Research Group of Department of Computer Science, says she is honoured and excited to be named to the prestigious Innovators Under 35 list. The magazine recognized Bano in the Visionary category of its i... [more]

UCL eResearch Domain holds its Artificial Intelligence Conference

On Monday 11 June, UCL eResearch Domain held its annual Conference, to discuss the development and application of Artificial Intelligence in research across a plethora of disciplines. It brought together researchers from across UCL’s faculties, with expertise ranging from Computer Science to Conservation, to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration. The event built on the recent town hall meeting for the UCL Grand Challenge of Transformative Technology, which Social Issues Around Artificial Intelligence.

eResearch is one of UCL’s eight Domains. Launched in 2016, this Domain supports UCL’s c... [more]

British Computer Society Hosts IXN Showcase Evening

On Wednesday 6 June, a group of students were given the opportunity to present their 2018 Industry Exchange Network (IXN) projects at the British Computer Society.  

The “Talent IT!” event, held at the BCS Headquarters in Covent Garden, was open to anyone with an interest in IT, academia, research collaboration and the societal impact of technology. This was a fantastic opportunity for students and academic staff from the Department of Computer Science to discuss how businesses and organisations from healthcare to finance, from education to retail, could benefit from joining the Industry Exch... [more]

CSML Masterclass with Tamara Broderick

From 4-6 June 2018, the Centre for Computational Statistics and Machine Learning (CSML) had the pleasure of hosting an exclusive Masterclass series, with special guest Tamara Broderick.

Over three lunch lectures, Professor Broderick gave a comprehensive overview of her recent research, namely the development and analysis of methods for scalable Bayesian machine learning, to a packed audience of postgraduate students, early-career researchers and academic colleagues from multidisciplinary backgrounds, including Computer Science, Statistics and Neuroscience. When asked about her experience of U... [more]

UCL-backed Project DigiTwins Receives Support from European Commission

On 18 May, DigiTwins received an invitation from the European Commission to enter the next stage of the competition to become an EU Flagship for Future and Emerging Technologies. DigiTwins, a large research initiative in Europe and beyond, will revolutionise healthcare and biomedical research for the benefit of citizens and society through the creation of Digital Twins.

“Today we’re a significant step closer to the establishment of a system of truly personalized healthcare and health maintenance throughout Europe, which will save millions of lives and billions of healthcare costs in the futur... [more]

David Silver of DeepMind Delivers Inaugural Lecture at UCL

On Wednesday 23 May, the Department of Computer Science was delighted to celebrate the senior promotion of David Silver, Professor of Computer Science and Lead of the Reinforcement Learning Research Group at DeepMind.

To mark the occasion, David delivered his inaugural lecture on the topic of “Deep Reinforcement Learning: Mastering Games without Human Knowledge.” The event was attended by senior members of the Department, research students, and a number of distinguished academic and industry guests.

During the lecture, Professor Silver presented on current work at DeepMind on Artificial In... [more]

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