Computer Science News

Licia Capra to be a BSA Media Fellow for 2018

We are delighted to announce that Professor Licia Capra is one of UCL Engineering British Science Association Media Fellows for 2018! Licia is joined by Professor Clare Elwell and Dr Gemma Bale from the Department of Medical Physics.

The BSA Media Fellowship scheme provides a unique opportunity for practising scientists, clinicians and engineers to spend two to six weeks working at the heart of a media outlet such as the Guardian, BBC Breakfast or the Londonist.

Since its inception in 1987, the scheme has reflected the BSA’s commitment to increasing the accessibility of the sciences. Media F... [more]

UCL Hosts the EuroS&P 2018 at the British Library

In the last week of April, UCL Department of Computer Science was delighted to play host to the 3rd IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy, which took place at the heart of the Knowledge Quarter at the British Library.

Since 1980, world-leading experts in the fields of information security and electronic privacy have gathered annually for the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy. As such, it has become the principal forum for the exploration of development of research and practice in security. Following the success of the original symposium, the European Symposium on Security & Pri... [more]

Meena Parameshwaran Recognised with a UCL Engineering Engagement Award

We are very pleased to announce that our student Meenakshi Parameshwaran was recently named UCL Engineering Engager of the Year - Postgraduate Student. The prize was awarded at the annual Provost's Engineering Engagement Award Ceremony, which this year took place at Woburn House.

In his welcome address to the audience, Professor Nigel Titchner-Hooker, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, thanked all those involved in the major engagement effort within UCL Engineering: "The Engagement project is a huge part of the Faculty's 'Change the World' mission. I am constantly blown away by the diversit... [more]

Peter O’Hearn Elected FRS

The Department is delighted to announce that Peter O’Hearn, Professor of Computer Science at UCL and Research Scientist at Facebook, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), for substantial contribution to the field of Computer Science. There, he joins an esteemed network of just 31 Computer Scientists.

As the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, the Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists. Up to 60 new Fellows (FRS) are elected each year in late April or early May, from a pool of around 700 nominations by existing Fellows.

"Sc... [more]

Forging Links Between Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence

On Monday 19 March, UCL’s Centre for Computation, Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology (CoMPLEX), in association with UCL’s Neuroscience Domain hosted 200 researchers at an afternoon symposium entitled “Neuro-AI - Forging Closer Links between Neuroscience and Machine Learning.”

In his welcome address to an audience of academics, students and researchers CoMPLEX Director, Dr Guy Moss, explained the need for this meeting: “UCL boasts an exceptional community of Neuroscientists, second only to Harvard on the international stage. UCL is also home to the leading-ed... [more]

CS Student Triumphs at BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium

Congratulations to our undergraduate student Wanyue Zhang for winning a best poster prize at the 2018 BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium, for a second year running.

Wanyue’s poster, entitled “Refocusing on the future: deep learning and light field imaging”, demonstrated how convolutional neural networks can be used to mitigate the spatial and angular domain trade-off for light field imaging. She was commended by prize sponsors JP Morgan for her passion, expertise in the area and the fluency of her delivery.

The BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium is an annual national conference for women studying Comput... [more]

CS AI-Robotics Malaria Diagnosis System Capitalises on 10 Years of Interdisciplinary Research

UCL Computer Science is celebrating its decade-long collaboration with the College of Medicine of the University of Ibadan (COMUI), Nigeria, to carry out life-saving clinical-, life- and computer science research into the development of fast and accurate automated malaria diagnosis devices.

This is particularly significant, since 25 of April 2018 is also the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) World Malaria Day. The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘Ready to Beat Malaria’, underscoring the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria research, aid and funding communities, to unite aro... [more]

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]

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