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Alumna shortlisted for Young Woman Engineer of the Year

2015 UCL alumna Dr Larissa Suzuki has made it through to the finals of the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards.

Dr Suzuki is an honorary research associate at UCL, where she completed her PhD in Computer Science in collaboration with Imperial College Business School.

Her career includes over 10 years’ experience advancing the fields of computer science and engineering. Some of her most recent achievements include helping to manage the development of technologies that support London’s growth, and while still a student at UCL contributing to the growing body of knowledge about smart ci... [more]

First-ever winner of the UCLCS Entrepreneur First prize announced

Rafie Faruq will graduate from the MSc in Machine Learning (UCL) this year, and has chosen the career path of an entrepreneur.

Last week, he was announced as the first-ever recipient of the Entrepreneur First prize, which is awarded by the Department of Computer Science to a high achieving student who demonstrates entrepreneurial and internship experience. The prize is sponsored by Entrepreneur First, Europe’s largest start-up incubator.

Rafie has been coding since he was 13. Now aged 26, he has worked at 10 different jobs that spanned the financial and economic sectors. Three of those comp... [more]

George Danezis delivers inaugural lecture at UCL

On Wednesday 1 November, Professor George Danezis delivered his inaugural lecture at UCL on the topic, 'Foiling online surveillance: new developments in anonymous communications and their applications.'

The lecture was attended by senior members of the UCL Department of Computer Science and the Information Security Research Group, distinguished academic visitors, industry members and students. Professor of Cryptology Jens Groth gave the opening address, and the lecture was closed with a vote of thanks from Dr Emiliano de Cristofaro, a reader in security and privacy enhancing technologies at U... [more]

UCL Computer Science hosts the founder of virtual reality

This article originally appeared here.

Last week, UCL Computer Science hosted Jaron Lanier of Microsoft Research, who coined the term “virtual reality” and founded one of the first companies to create and sell virtual reality equipment.

To an at-capacity lecture theatre, Lanier, who was in London to promote his latest book: Dawn of the New Everything: A Journey through Virtual Reality, described how he started as a computer scientist and what it was like in the earliest days of VR. The lecture left off from the content of his book, which he described as “part memoir, part introduction to VR”... [more]

CS student awarded top prize by the Romanian Ambassador

UCL Computer Science student Andrei Margeloiu has been awarded the Ambassador’s Diploma for Undergraduates by the Romanian Ambassador to London.

Ambassador Dan Mihalache presented the award to Andrei during the Conference of Romanian students, which was held at UCL on Friday 3 November 2017. The award is given to one Romanian undergraduate student in the UK who has achieved a distinction in their academic results for that year.

Andrei said: “I feel honoured and proud to be awarded the Ambassador's Diploma for Undergraduates. Winning this award has made me truly happy and grateful that my wor... [more]

Three thesis prizes for MSc Information Security students

The Kaspersky Academy have awarded first, second and third place for best thesis from an industrial perspective to three students from the UCL Master of Information Security.

The awards were accompanied by a financial prize of £500, £300 and £150 respectively.

After a day of informal presentations at UCL on Tuesday 8 August 2017, and reading the final theses in September and October, Kasperksy selected the three winners:

First place: Bringing Anonymity on the Genomic Data Sharing Platform Matchmaker Exchange by Maria-Bristena Oprisanu
Supervised by Dr Emiliano De Cristofaro

Second place: E... [more]

Undergraduate industry project winners awarded by BCS North London

We are excited to announce the winners of this year's first and second year best industry projects, which were awarded by the British Computer Society (BCS) North London and UCL Computer Science last Friday.

The best industry project awards recognise the achievements of the top 15 students in two computer science subjects (COMP103P and COMP205P), which enable students to engage in industry projects with real-world clients.

Congratulations to the winners, who are as follows:

COMP103P Apps Development:
Andrei Margeloiu
Rares Dolga
Kiran Gopinathan
Charaka Abeywickrama
Oscar King
Georgia Pred... [more]

International student receives a warm welcome to London

Last Wednesday 25 October Computer Science student Ayesha Ahmed was one of ten lucky international students to be welcomed to London by the Deputy Mayor for Business.

Ayesha took part in a competitive selection process after being nominated for the international student welcome event by the Department of Computer Science. The event was organised by Study London, which promotes London as an international destination for study.

At the welcome event students met London's Deputy Mayor for Business, Rajesh Agrawal, at City Hall before embarking on a whirlwind tour of the famous city. They visited... [more]

Academia Europaea elects Nataša Pržulj as a member

Congratulations to Professor Nataša Pržulj from the Department of Computer Science, who has been elected Member of the Academia Europaea in 2017.

Since 1988, Academia Europaea has been an international, nongovernmental association joining together world-leading scientists and scholars from across various disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, life sciences, mathematics, informatics, physics, engineering, and earth and chemical sciences. Its 4000 members are recognised by their peers as experts and leaders in their subject fields.

The Association largely provides advice to... [more]

BBC and UCL launch major partnership to unlock potential of data

This post was originally published on this site.

BBC Research and Development has announced a five-year research partnership with eight UK Universities, including UCL, to unlock the potential of data in the media.

The Data Science Research Partnership will be at the forefront of machine learning in the media industry, helping create a more personal BBC that can inform, educate and entertain in new ways.

The partnership brings together industry experts from across the BBC and world-leading UK data scientists from the Universities of Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh and Surrey, Imperial College... [more]

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