Wheeler lecture video now available

The video of Angela Sasse’s lecture entitled “Can we make people value IT security?” is now available. This lecture was given on 24th May as this year’s Wheeler lecture, and is now available to view.

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Dr Marwa Mahmoud presents research on new artificial intelligence system

Dr Marwa Mahmoud recently presented the results of research on a new artificial intelligence system designed to detect pain levels in sheep, at the 12th IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition in Washington, DC.

The new system can detect different parts of a sheep’s face and compares them with the standardized measurement tool developed by veterinarians for diagnosing pain.

‘You can see a clear analogy between these actions in the sheep’s faces and similar facial actions in humans when they are in pain,’ said Dr Mahmoud.

The research could improve sheep well-being with early detection leading to faster treatment and pain relief.

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Diana Popescu named Google Women Techmakers Scholar

Diana Popescu has been named a Google Women Techmakers Scholar 2017.

Through the Women Techmakers Scholars Program – formerly the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Program – Google is furthering Dr. Anita Borg’s vision of creating gender equality in the field of computer science by encouraging women to excel in computing and technology and become active leaders and role models in the field.

Diana is a PhD student and a Marie Curie Early-Stage Researcher in the Networking and Operating Systems Group. She is under the supervision of Dr Andrew Moore.

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Professor Andy Hopper appointed Treasurer of the Royal Society

Professor Andy Hopper CBE FREng FRS has been appointed Treasurer of the Royal Society. The appointment, which is for five years, starts on November 30 2017.

Andy has been a recipient of numerous prestigious awards for his influential work, with the Science Council naming him as one of the UK’s 100 leading practising scientists in 2014.

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Cambridge Computer Lab Ring Company of the Year, Improbable, raises $500m

Cambridge Computer Lab Ring Company of the Year, Improbable, has raised $502m from Japan’s SoftBank corporation.

Founded in 2012 by Computer Lab graduates Herman Narula and Rob Whitehead, Improbable’s software simulates systems on a massive scale with a level of detail not previously possible.

Improbable will remain independent with Softbank having only a minority stake in the business.

You can read more about Improbable in the latest edition of The Ring.

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Professor Sir Tony Hoare newly elected a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences

Professor Sir Tony Hoare, an Honorary member of the Computer Laboratory, has been elected a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences.

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) elects new members and foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Election to membership in the NAS is considered one of the highest honours that a scientist can receive.

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Professor Lawrence Paulson elected a new fellow of the Royal Society

Lawrence Paulson, Professor of Computational Logic, has been elected a new fellow of the Royal Society.

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth. Fellows and Foreign Members are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science.

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Success for Cambridge team at final of Google’s Hash Code 2017

Congratulations to team МЕТАШСА (PhD student Petar Veličković along with Part IB students Marko Stanković and Dimitrije Erdeljan) who came fifth in the final of Google’s Hash Code 2017.

The competition was open to all university students and professionals across the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) region. 2815 teams participated in the Online Qualification Round with 50 invited to the Final.

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Advait Sarkar receives CSAR award

The Cambridge Society for the Application of Research has announced that Advait Sarkar is one of 12 PhD students from the University of Cambridge to receive a CSAR Student Award for 2017.

Advait was a member of the the Rainbow Graphics & Interaction Group under the joint supervision of Alan Blackwell, Mateja Jamnik, and Martin Spott.

Advait will receive his award at a ceremony on June 5th 2017.

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Cristina Muñoz receives best paper award at NetSys 2017

Cristina Muñoz has received a best paper award at NetSys 2017 for his paper‘I(FIB)F: Iterated Bloom Filters for Routing in Named Data Networks’.

The paper is joint work with Liang Wang and Jon Crowcroft both of the University of Cambridge, and Eduardo Solana of the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

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