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 for details.


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Computer Lab students win Qualcomm Innovation Fellowships

Marwa Mahmoud and Steven Marsh, students at the Computer Laboratory, were awarded two of the three Qualcomm UK Innovation Fellowships in competition with other departments in Cambridge and at Imperial College.  The Computer Laboratory winners were Marwa Mahmoud (supervised by Peter Robinson) and Steven Marsh (supervised by Simon Moore).  The third winner was Joan Alabort-i-Medina from Imperial College.

Further details can be found here.


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Poster competition winners announced at 75th anniversary celebrations

The Computer Laboratory celebrated its 75th anniversary on 24th April, at which time the winners of the associated poster competition were announced.

We congratulate the winner, Ramsey Faragher, and the joint runners up who were Sergei Skorobogatov and Anastasios Noulas. A summary of these and other posters can be found here. More details about the 75th anniversary celebrations can be found on the event’s page.

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Lab PhD student wins Best Student Paper Award at EuroSys 2013

Malte Schwarzkopf has received the Best Student Paper Award at EuroSys 2013.

The paper “Omega: flexible, scalable schedulers for large compute clusters” is joint work with Andy Konwinski, Michael Abd-El-Malek and John Wilkes.

Malte Schwarzkopf is a member of the Systems Research Group under the supervision of Dr Steven Hand.

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RealVNC wins the triple

RealVNC, the company founded by  Computer Laboratory’s Professor Andy Hopper and Andy Harter together with Lily Bacon and other colleagues from the University has been singled out with its third Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in as many years, a remarkable accomplishment for the Cambridge-based provider of VNC® software.

This year the company has been recognised for its outstanding achievements in International Trade, following its unique double win for sustained achievements in Innovation and International Trade in 2011.

VNC, which allows a computer screen to be remotely accessed and controlled from another device, is one of the most ubiquitous software solutions on over a billion devices worldwide. VNC is the most widely ported software application ever, available on virtually every type of device that has a screen. It is now an official part of the internet, alongside web and email protocols.

Read more here.

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