Computer Science News

Three papers from Computer Science among the finalists for CSAW Europe

Three papers authored by staff and students in the UCL Department of Computer Science have been selected as finalists for the European Cyber Security Awareness Week Applied Research Awards (CSAW-Europe).

The selection process considered more than 100 papers authored by European institutions over the past year in the area of computer security and selected the best 10.

The papers selected were:

  1. "What Happens After You Are Pwnd: Understanding The Use of Leaked Webmail Credentials In The Wild" authored by PhD students Jeremiah Onaolapo and Enrico Mariconti and by Dr Gianluca Stringhini
  2. "MaMaDro... [more]

Janaina Mourao-Miranda delivers inaugural lecture on machine learning

On Thursday 28 September Professor Janaina Mourao-Miranda delivered her inaugural lecture on the topic, ‘Mental Health through the lens of Machine Learning applied to Neuroimaging’.

Addressing a crowd of over 60 guests at the Sir David Davies lecture hall at UCL, the newly promoted Professor discussed her research and the examples where machine learning is being used to improve the diagnosis and prognosis of psychiatric disorders – specifically using brain scans. Her presentation included machine learning models that could help to map a brain-behaviour mental health space, which may improve p... [more]

Students kick-start their studies with generous financial support

Eight students have commenced postgraduate study in the Department of Computer Science this academic year with either a scholarship from DeepMind or a bursary from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The DeepMind postgraduate scholarship, worth up to £25,000, supports students from sections of the community that are under-represented in postgraduate study. This year the recipients were Jade Savage, Shaquille Momoh, Amer Joudiah and Liam Eloie.

Joining these four students were Alex Gardner, Stephane Ciolino, Jason Morris and Stephen Kelly, the recipients of a bursary... [more]

Award for John Andrews

The Papin Prizes – which recognise the skills, talent and experience of technicians in higher education, across the UK and Ireland – were awarded at the national Higher Education Technicians Summit 2017 (HETS 2017) at the University of Warwick.

Nominees were selected from a broad range of universities, showcasing technical staff who have demonstrated excellence in their field, in categories such as ‘outreach’, ‘research’, ‘teaching’, and ‘lifetime achievement’. The lifetime achievement winner this year was John Andrews from the UCL Department of Computer Science.

John started as a first year... [more]

MSc students present to the HoloLens team at Microsoft headquarters UK

Rachel Slater using the HoloLens at the Microsoft Headquarters on Friday 8 September 2017.

The MSc programmes in Computer Science, Software Systems Engineering and Financial Systems Engineering enable students to have the opportunity to develop a software project for a real client.

Last Friday, MSc students on these programmes presented to the Microsoft team at their headquarters in London. The presentations were the culmination of student’s work - either individually or in teams - to produce software applications for a multitude of clients including in healthcare (NHS Digital, Nuffield Health), public sector services (Camden Council) and financial services (Natwest, BNP Paribas) a... [more]

MSc in Information Security awarded full certification by NCSC

UCL’s Department of Computer Science’s MSc in Information Security has been successfully awarded full certification from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

Master’s degree programmes in cyber security can broaden the understanding of security concepts and technologies and provide a bridge between undergraduate education and careers in cyber security. However, with so many UK universities running Master’s degrees containing cyber security content, it can be difficult for students and employers alike to assess the quality on offer and identify the degree that best suits someone’s prefer... [more]

SIGCOMM Best Paper Award for Mark Handley

A paper by Prof. Mark Handley of UCL-CS and colleagues at University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania and University of Cambridge, UK has won the best paper award at the prestigious SIGCOMM 2017 conference.

Their paper, "Re-Architecting Datacenter Networks and Stacks for Low Latency" describes a rather radical new approach to how to coordinate transfers of data among large populations of servers within a data center:

  • use switches with tiny buffers;
  • let senders blast fast from the start;  
  • under congestion, have switches trim packets to just headers, which indicate to the receiver which s... [more]

Satalia is teaching Programming for Business Analytics

Satalia

Satalia, a spin-out of UCL, is further cementing its close links with academia by becoming the second company after Google’s DeepMind to teach a module in UCL’s computer science department.

Satalia is known for being a pioneer in applying AI techniques to industry, reinventing how organisations work and was the only British company named as a Gartner Cool Vendor in Data Science in 2016.  

Satalia has long supported dissertation projects within UCL, enabling students to do cutting-edge exploratory work with real industry clients. This partnership will enhance the students’ exposure to fascina... [more]

Measuring distance with a single photo

UCL MonoDepth software in action (credit: Dr Gabriel Brostow)

The method, published today at CVPR 2017, gives state-of-the-art results and works with existing photos, allowing any camera to map the depth for every pixel it captures.

The technology has a wide variety of applications, from augmented reality in computer games and apps, to robot interaction, and self-driving cars. Historical images and videos can also be analysed by the software, which is useful for reconstruction of incidents or to automatically convert 2D films into immersive 3D.

“Inferring object-range from a simple image by using real-time software has a whole host of potential uses,... [more]