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iTract Research Grant (£443,046) for Michael Zakharyaschev

Posted: Tuesday, 5 May 2015 12:19

Michael Zakharyaschev has been awarded £443,046 for his project "iTract: Islands of Tractability in Ontology-Based Data Access" with co-investigators Dr Roman Kontchakov and Dr Igor Razgon. The project is in collaboration with the University of Liverpool.

Are we slow to adopt the internet of things?

Are we slow to adopt the internet of things?

Posted: Tuesday, 7 April 2015 12:19

Why the UK public sector is slow to adopt the internet of things - "The IoT potentially creates an extremely detailed and suggestive data trail about citizens movements in the material as well as the digital world, and this data footprint raises deep concerns about intrusions to the life of individuals" - George Roussos from the recent Guardian article.

2015 Andrew Booth Memorial Lecture - Professor Dame Wendy Hall

2015 Andrew Booth Memorial Lecture - Professor Dame Wendy Hall

Posted: Wednesday, 4 February 2015 12:19

The London Knowledge Lab played host to the 2015 Andrew Booth Memorial Lecture at Birkbeck on 4th February, delivered by Professor Dame Wendy Hall of Southampton University. Professor Hall gave one of the three LKL inaugural talks in 2004, with Prof Seymour Papert and Prof Diana Laurillard, and we were delighted to welcome her back to learn about her recent work in Web Science. Pictures of the event.

Results of the REF 2014

Posted: Sunday, 25 January 2015 12:19

We welcome the results of the REF 2014 in which almost all of the Department's research activity was judged as being of international significance (21% world-leading, 47% internationally excellent, 20% internationally recognised). For research outputs specifically, 32% were judged as being world-leading, 45% as internationally excellent and 16% as internationally recognised, placing us in the top 25% of Computer Science departments in the U.K.

Oracle CSI Kernel

Posted: Wednesday, 5 November 2014 15:19

Two staff members from Oracle will give a presentation on Thursday 4th December, from 18.00 to 19.30. The venue is MAL B30.
Abstract: In 1990, a typical Sun system had a single 10mhz cpu and 4MB of memory and might have run in the region of 30-50 processes. Today Oracle ships systems with 512 cpu's and 4TB of memory and such systems have a few 100,000 processes at most. The roadmap suggests that by 2015 this will rise to cpu counts around 13,000 and 150TB of memory to serve workloads in excess of 1 million processes. Like C.S.I., when a system fails a post-mortem is required. A crash dump is the body, an image of the system memory at the time of failure. This talk looks at technical, logistical and tools challenges of diagnosing system failure after the fact when the body is 4TB in size and the challenges of scaling post-mortem failure diagnosis to ever larger configurations.
The presentation will be given by Clive King. Dr Clive King is a Senior Staff Engineer in Oracle Solaris Engineering. He has worked for Sun -> Oracle for 15 years in a variety of support, professional services and kernel engineering roles. His particular areas of focus are system performance, scalability and root causing system failures. He teaches problem solving, risk management and root cause analysis within Solaris Engineering. He is a BCS examiner for a professional examination, a BCS academic panel member and has been a PhD external examiner. Outside work, he splits his time between family and mountain running.
An IEEE software paper on which the talk is based can be accessed here. Clive states that "the talk won't be rocket science". A second Oracle staff member, Tim Jones, will give a few examples from his wide experience.
No booking is required. If you have an interest in the presentation then please attend.

Teaching Assistant

Posted: Tuesday, 4 November 2014 16:19

We have a vacancy for a Graduate Teaching Assistant on a 3-year fixed-term contract from 5 Jan 2015. The closing date for applications is Friday 14th November 2014. further details...

10-year Highest Impact Paper Award

Posted: Tuesday, 4 November 2014 16:19

Steve Maybank and four co-authors have received the 10 year highest impact paper award from the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) 2014 Award Committee. The reference for the paper is:
Dacheng Tao, Xuelong Li, Weiming Hu, S.J. Maybank and Xindong Wu 2005 Supervised tensor learning. Proc. 5th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM), pp. 450-457, ISBN 0-7695-2278-5. Houston, Texas, U.S.A., 27-30 November, 2005.

LIBE: Supporting Lifelong Learning with Inquiry-Based Education

LIBE: Supporting Lifelong Learning with Inquiry-Based Education

Posted: Monday, 27 October 2014 12:19

Alex Poulovassilis and George Magoulas are participating in a new EU project, LIBE: Supporting Lifelong Learning with Inquiry-Based Education with other partners in Italy, Norway, Netherlands and Portugal. The project is developing a Virtual Learning Environment to support personalised development of literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills through an inquiry-based approach to learning.

Lecturer A/B post

Posted: Monday, 27 October 2014 12:19

We have a vacancy for a permanent Lecturer A/B in Computer Science. We would particularly welcome applicants with expertise in software engineering, programming languages and systems, or data mining. The closing date for applications is 9th January 2015. further details ...

Bloomsbury Hack Day

Posted: Monday, 21 July 2014 07:57

NEW - Bloomsbury Hack Day video
The inaugural "Bloomsbury Hack Day" on July 16th saw children from three schools participate in a programme of lab-based activities designed and guided by three top London universities located in Bloomsbury. Pupils from UCL Academy, Watford Grammar School for Boys and Townley Grammar School (Girls) learned about programming during the hands-on activities.
Bloomsbury Hack Day, is hosted by Birkbeck (University of London), University College London (UCL) and the Institute of Education (IOE).