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Professor Rose Luckin is the Dr Who of AI in education. Schools and universities will be transformed over the next 10 to 15 years by the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). No one has done more visionary work than Rose Luckin, Professor at UCL’s Institute of Education in the field of learning sciences, educational technology and AI. AI will personalise learning and provide the biggest revolution yet seen in the provision of high quality and individual education for all. “What we are very interested in is the right blend of human and artificial intelligence in the classroom – identifying that sweet spot,” she says. 

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UCL Centre for Forensic Science scoops Bronze Lion at Cannes

The UCL Centre for the Forensic Sciences (UCL CFS) has scooped a Bronze Lion in the Design and Typography category at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity. Their winning campaign, made in collaboration with Ogilvy & Mather London, aims to crowdfund £1m for a world-class forensic evidence research laboratory and expose the surprisingly common yet critical problem of the misinterpretation of forensic science evidence.

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Neuroscience Research at UCL receive £29m HEFCE grant

A team led by Professor Michael Hanna, Director of the UCL Institute of Neurology, has won a £28,850,000 infrastructure award from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to support the improvement of UCL’s research facilities, which will enable UCL to deliver on its aim to create the world’s leading translational neuroscience environment.

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Royal Geographical Society Award for Dr James Cheshire

UCL Consultant, Dr James Cheshire was presented with the Royal Geographical Society’s Cuthbert Peek Award at its Annual Awards Ceremony on June 5 for his work on Advancing geographical knowledge through Big Data.  

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UCL joins Board of London Economic Action Partnership

Dr Celia Caulcott, Vice-Provost (Enterprise and London), has been appointed to the board of a new Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) launched by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to help boost jobs and support economic growth in the capital.

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UCL launches UK-China Infrastructure Academy

UCL and the UK government launched today the UK-China Infrastructure Academy, a major new initiative to help train Chinese companies and officials on investment processes in the UK and to encourage greater Chinese investment in UK infrastructure projects.

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Visit to the Dean of New Giza University (NGU) Dental School

As part of UCL's collaboration to establish Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy at New Giza University (NGU), Eastman Director Professor Stephen Porter visited NGU School of Dentistry earlier this month. 

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Losing my mind

“Even though I see this disease on a professional level every day, I still find the stories heartbreaking,” says Nick Fox, Professor of Neurology at the Dementia Research Centre. “I recently diagnosed Alzheimer's disease in a person aged 50. They've got it because they carry the gene – and therefore their three children and their three brothers and sisters all have a 50% risk of developing the disease.” It is hard to imagine how painful it must be to receive this diagnosis knowing it will affect not only your own health but that of your entire family – but Professor Fox still has to deliver it.

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UCL Consultants appoint new Director of Bespoke Short Courses

Tony Osude joined UCL Consultants Ltd (UCLC) to take up a newly created position as Director, Bespoke Short Courses.   Tony is leading the development of a new division based in UCLC focused on the origination, development and delivery of high end custom programmes to senior decision makers in the private and public sectors nationally and globally, drawing on UCL’s multi-disciplinary and cutting edge academic expertise.  He will be working closely with colleagues across UCL to identify custom programmes (i.e. closed courses offered for a fee to an external client) and to provide the professional support for their development, costing and pricing, and delivery. 

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Gaia sizes up 1.1 billion stars

Gaia, a European Space Agency satellite designed to unlock the secrets of the birth and evolution of the Milky Way, has released its first wave of data on the positions and brightness for about one billion stars. 

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Senior academic team appointed for UCL East

UCL has announced two senior academic appointments to lead the development of the academic strategy for its new UCL East campus at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at Stratford (QEOP). Professor Paola Lettieri (UCL Engineering Sciences) has been appointed Academic Director for UCL East and Professor Andrew Hudson-Smith (UCL Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) will take up the role of Deputy Academic Director.

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Training government officials in the latest urban planning approaches

UCL has, over several years, developed a good relationship with various government departments across China. With world-leading experts in many areas of urban design, and the benefit of being in one of the leading cities in the world, UCL was ideally placed to work with the Chinese government in their urbanisation projects. 

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UCL-Energy co-authors final report on 'selecting indicators to measure energy poverty' for the European Commission 

The recently published European Commission (EC) report was co-authored by UCL-Energy Senior Researchers Steve Pye, Ian Hamilton, Paolo Agnolucci and David Grover. This report is part of a European Commission Pilot Project titled: Energy Poverty – Assessment of the Impact of the Crisis and Review of Existing and Possible New Measures in the Member States.  Through this project, the EC aims to support Member States in protecting vulnerable consumers and to address energy poverty by identifying best practices and supporting information exchange. 

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Building on UCL’s enterprise success

UCL has a long and successful track record of encouraging innovation and enterprise. This support for enterprise activities helps the university deliver the widest possible impact from its research on the economy and society, both in the UK and globally. It also brings individual benefits to our staff and students.

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Mars’ surface revealed in unprecedented detail

The surface of Mars – including the location of Beagle-2 – has been shown in unprecedented detail by UCL scientists using a revolutionary image stacking and matching technique. 

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CO2 emissions for every ship for every hour, now that's big data!

Researchers at UCL Energy Institute use the methodology they developed for the Third IMO GHG Study 2014 and AIS data to estimate emissions from five different ship types and display this in a new interactive map that plots 250 million data points to show the movements of the world’s commercial shipping fleet over the course of the year 2012.

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