PhD student awarded Google scholarship

PhD student Toby Moncaster has been awarded a Google Scholarship for Students with Disabilities.

Toby will receive a EUR 7,000 scholarship for the 2013/2014 academic year and will be invited to visit a Google’s Zurich office for a networking retreat.

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Cambridge formally recognised as centre of excellence for cybsersecurity research

The University of Cambridge has been recognized as an
Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research(ACE-CSR) by the UK Government.

The status is further acknowledgement of Cambridge’s long-standing record of world-class research in the field of cybersecurity, in particular within its Computer Laboratory, where there is a well-respected security research group.

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John Daugman inducted into the US National Inventors Hall of Fame

John Daugman, Professor of Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, has been inducted into the US National Inventors Hall of Fame.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame annually accepts nominations for men and women whose work has changed society and improved the quality of life.

Professor Daugman was also one of three finalists for a European Inventor of the Year Award.

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Jean Bacon awarded honorary doctorate

Jean Bacon, Professor of Distributed Systems, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the Open University.

The honorary award will be conferred in Ely on June 1st 2013.

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Two new lectureships announced

The Computer Laboratory is pleased to announce that Dr Robert Watson and Dr Thomas Sauerwald have been appointed to Lectureships.

Dr Watson, currently a Senior Research Associate at the Computer Laboratory, has been appointed from June 1st 2013.

Dr Thomas Sauerwald, a Senior Researcher at Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken, Germany, has been appointed from July 1st 2013.

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Computer Lab spin-out Cronto acquired

Computer Lab spin-out Cronto, a provider of secure visual transaction authentication solutions for online banking, has been acquired by VASCO Data Security International, Inc.

VASCO acquired all of the stock of Cronto in exchange for an initial cash consideration of Euro 15 million and contingent cash consideration in the form of an earn-out of up to a maximum of Euro 2 million.

VASCO expects that Cronto will contribute greatly to VASCO’s future innovation efforts, due to its knowledge and expertise in advanced statistical data analysis and machine learning algorithms that underpins high speed and reliability of image based transactions and due to its close ties with the University of Cambridge.

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Jon Crowcroft elected to Royal Society

Jon Crowcroft, the Marconi Professor of Communications Systems, has been elected to the Royal Society for his seminal contributions to the development of the Internet, including techniques that have paved the way for rural broadband.

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Marwa Mahmoud wins best paper award at IEEE Face and Gesture Conference

Marwa Mahmoud has won the best paper award at IEEE Face and Gesture Conference in Shanghai.

The paper on “Automatic behavior descriptors for psychological disorder analysis” is joint work with colleagues at the University of Southern California. Marwa is a research student in the Graphics & Interaction research group under the supervision of Peter Robinson.

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Computer Laboratory celebrates the first 75 years

Around 300 graduates and friends of the Computer Laboratory converged on the William Gates Building to celebrate its first 75 years.

Professor Sir Tony Hoare delivers Wheeler Lecture

A packed lecture theatre greeted Professor Sir Tony Hoare who got proceedings underway and delivered the annual Wheeler Lecture titled ‘Could Computers Understand Their Own Programs?’.

The event also marked the launch of Cambridge Computing: The First 75 Years, written by Professor Haroon Ahmed. The book charts the Laboratory’s towering history of innovation and entrepreneurship from the EDSAC computer to Raspberry Pi.

Professor Andy Hopper (right) presents Dr Mike Lynch with a commemorative certificate

Professor Haroon Ahmed launches the publication of Cambridge Computing: The First 75 Years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The theme of innovation was underlined by Dr Mike Lynch OBE who delivered the Innovation Lecture.

The afternoon’s events concluded with the Innovation Discussion Panel, chaired by Professor Andy Hopper. Attendees were able to quiz panelists Dr Andy Harter (co-founder and CEO RealVNC), Dr Mike Muller (co-founder and CTO ARM), Dr Mike Lynch (co-founder Autonomy Corporation) and Dr Eben Upton (co-founder Raspberry Pi).

(L to R) Mike Lynch, Mike Muller, Andy Hopper, Andy Harter, Eben Upton

 

Celebrations continued into the evening at the annual dinner of Cambridge Computer Lab Ring, the Lab’s graduate association. 114 guests filled The Old Hall at Queens’ College to raise a glass to the Computer Laboratory and its next 75 years.

Professor Andy Hopper presents a copy of Cambridge Computing: The First 75 Years to guest speaker Lord Broers

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Tadas Baltrušaitis wins Cambridge Ring Publication of the Year award

Professor Peter Robinson accepts the award for Publication of the Year from Lord Broers

Tadas Baltrušaitis, Peter Robinson and Louis-Philippe Morency have won the Publication of the Year award at the Cambridge Ring’s annual dinner for their paper on “3D Constrained local model for rigid and non-rigid facial tracking” presented at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in June 2012.

The research integrated depth information with web-cam pictures to provide improved tracking of facial features.  Tadas Baltrušaitis is supervised by Peter Robinson and the work was carried out in collaboration with Louis-Philippe Morency at the University of Southern California.

See http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/research/rainbow/projects/clmz/ for details.

 

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