Surrey Computer Science Blog

The blog from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Surrey

11th PhD Conference – CompConf 2014

 

By Joe Chrol-Cannon

Last Monday saw our Department gather together again for the 11th Annual Computing Department PhD Conference, or ‘CompConf 2014’. This was a time when first and second year research students could share their developing work in a stress free and friendly environment and a time for those of us who have been around longer to get updated with all the new things that are going on in the Department.

The PhD conference was opened by Prof. Steve Legg, who spoke on the increasing importance of application driven research and how at IBM, research on intelligent systems was being widely applied to solving customer problems and replacing the paradigm of ‘programming the system’ with one more akin to ‘working with it’. Morning speaker Prof. Andrew Randewich first wowed us with the Physics of nuclear explosions and lasers and then explained the computational challenges that large scale physical simulations pose. The solution lies in bigger parallel computers and better computer scientists to re-formulate the simulation code to better take advantage of them. Afternoon speaker Prof. Peter Fleming emphasised the problem formulation aspects of optimisation design. He turns multiple conflicting design criteria and strict constraints into advantages that help guide the process of optimisation that goes beyond simplistic applications of established optimisation algorithms. Robust solutions are given precedence over fitter solutions in the Engineering world.

4th Annual Sport Day – won by the Undergrads!

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By Connor Leeding

Thanks to everyone for their involvement in the Computing Department’s 4th Annual Sports Day, which took place at the Spectrum on the 7th February 2014. The afternoon saw over 55 computing students (Final Year Undergraduates, Masters and PhD), staff and sponsors all competing against each other within a number of sporting activities. Our sponsors included – Consult Hyperion, EDF Energy, Gold-I, IBM and Thales all of whom share close ties to the university and kindly contributed towards the event. The day undoubtedly witnessed an excellent sporting performances and team spirit throughout, whilst being held within a friendly-competitive environment. The games began with table tennis and badminton, which were both vastly dominated by the staff and sponsors (Note to future students: Begin practising early! You are seriously going to need it).

IEEE International Workshop on Information Forensics and Security

By Syamsul Yahaya The IEEE International Workshop on Information Forensics and Security (WIFS) is the primary annual event organized by the IEEE SPS Information Forensics and Security Technical Committee (IEEE IFS TC). This year it was held in Guangzhou, China from 18-21 November 2013 and chaired by Dr. Ton Kalker (DTS Inc. USA) and Prof. […]


Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology

  By Aasis Vinayak     I travelled to Lisbon in August 2013 to present my work to my peers in the field of evolutionary biology at the XIV Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) at the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Lisbon.  The conference began on 19th August and […]


13th International Conference on Automated Verification of Critical Systems (AVoCS)

  by Stathis Stathakidis   This year our Computing Department had the pleasure to host the 13th International Conference on Automated Verification of Critical Systems. The organisers tried hard and succeeded in organising an excellent conference. Researchers from all around the world, such as those from Oxford University, Japan Advanced Centre of Technology and McMaster […]


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