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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Computer Lab spin-out helps protect online banking customers

Computer Lab spin-out, Cronto, is helping to protect online banking customers from the threat of online banking fraud.

Dr Steven Murdoch, a member of the Lab’s Security Group and Cronto’s Chief Security Architect, has designed and developed a new transaction signing solution able to withstand both attacks from criminals and the reality of industry.

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Purge of legacy automount information

It is believed that the last systems using the old “indirect” autofs LDAP tables have been shut down or moved to use “direct” filer mounts, so the information is no longer included in the LDAP data. If anyone observes failure of the automount system (rather than missing krb5 tickets) please report the machine and the directory to sys-admin.

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Lab PhD wins Mark Weiser Best Paper Award

Kiran Rachuri has received the Mark Weiser Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications 2013 (PerCom 2013).

The paper “METIS: Exploring mobile phone sensing offloading for efficiently supporting social sensing applications” is joint work with Christos Efstratiou, Ilias Leontiadis, Cecilia Mascolo and P. Jason Rentfrow.

Kiran Rachuri is a member of the Network and Operating Systems group under the supervision of Cecilia Mascolo.

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Andy Hopper welcomes Business Secretary, Dr Vince Cable, to the Computer Laboratory

Professor Andy Hopper welcomed Business Secretary, Dr Vince Cable, to the Computer Laboratory today.

Dr Cable, in Cambridge to launch Cambridge Business Week, visited the University’s Computer Laboratory which, this year, celebrates its 75th anniversary.

The Computer Laboratory has been instrumental in making Cambridge the premier cluster in the UK – over 200 companies have been founded by Lab graduates and staff.

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The January 2013 edition of ‘The Ring’ is out!

The January edition of the journal of the Computer Laboratory’s graduate association, The Ring, is now out.

The archive can be found at:


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The Computer Laboratory gets ready to celebrate 75 years

2013 is a special year for the Computer Laboratory.

Not only does it mark the Laboratory’s 75th anniversary but also the centenary of the Cambridge computer pioneer, Professor Sir Maurice Wilkes.

Celebrations to mark these landmark  events will take place on April 24th 2013. Full details of the day’s programme can be found at

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