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Measuring distance with a single photo

Most cameras just record colour but now the 3D shapes of objects, captured through only a single lens, can be accurately estimated using new software developed by UCL computer scientists.

Published: Jul 26, 2017 10:41:09 AM


To celebrate its 50th year, The UCL Centre for Transport Studies is holding a major event assessing the state-of-play in transport research and practice. Confirmed speakers include leading experts on transport including academics, a former Minister of State and a former Deputy Mayor.

Published: Jul 14, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Workshops in Otto Königsberger's Footsteps

The objective of the proposed activity is to enhance the participation of HEIs in the development of “smart cities” in India. The proposed workshops will focus on the role of HEIs in employment generation and skill development, urban planning, spurring of entrepreneurial and innovation activities in cities. The workshops will sensitise and enhance the understanding with in the HEIs and smart cities about the mutual benefit of engaging with each other. By providing policy briefs and a common platform to HEIs and cities, we hope to influence thought leadership and policy development of smart cities in India.

Published: Jun 30, 2017 2:52:02 PM

Videos on Earthquake Preparedness

During the future visit (September 2017) of students from UCL Earthquake and People Interaction Centre (EPICentre) to the recently earthquake-hit zones of Central Italy, we intend to film a series of earthquake preparedness clips. The 2016 Italian earthquakes will constitute a case study through which to describe the actions that can prevent damage before, during and following an earthquake. Suggestions will be scientifically sound and based on knowledge from the field of earthquake engineering. Similarly, behavioural change will be prompted via psychological principles extrapolated from behavioural, social and risk psychology. Clips will be translated in the languages of several earthquake-prone countries.

Published: Jun 30, 2017 2:52:02 PM

Smart detectors to monitor urban bat life

The activity of urban bats in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London is being monitored in real-time using new, automated smart detectors that have been developed and installed by UCL and Intel scientists in collaboration with Arup, the Bat Conservation Trust and the London Wildlife Trust.

Published: Jun 29, 2017 6:43:31 AM