Letting stones go unturned

Wéiqí, Baduk or simply, Go. Over two thousand years old, this challenging game of strategy and tactics has taught warriors, monks and intellectuals to focus, concentrate and plan. But a program is beginning to change our views of what is possible. In computer competitions this multi-armed bandit has stolen first prize more often than any other. It’s MoGo, or Monte Carlo Go.

Time Series Analysis

Timeseries appear in a variety of disciples, from finance to physics, computer science to biology. The origins of the subject and diverse applications in the engineering and physics literature at times obscure the commonalities in the underlying models and techniques. Modern timeseries applications include financial timeseries prediction, video-tracking, music analysis, control theory and genetic sequence analysis.

Financial Prediction

Gaining wealth on the stock market based on statistical arbitrage is an area ripe for the application of machine learning and related methods. UCL's clients include large financial organisations that require state of the art prediction methods based on both low to high frequency trading. UCL has developed state of the art prediction methods that track market dynamics which translate into profitable portfolio allocations. Success in this area demands an understanding of the underlying dynamics of the statistics underlying markets, and also when these dynamics changes.

Computational Statistics and Machine Learning

The Centre for Computational Statistics and Machine Learning spans three departments at University College London, Computer Science, Statistical Science, and the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit.

Machine Vision

Machine vision is a branch of engineering that uses computer vision in the context of manufacturing. While the scope of Machine Vision is broad and a comprehensive definition is difficult to distil, a "generally accepted definition of machine vision is '... the analysis of images to extract data for controlling a process or activity.'" Put another way, Machine Vision processes are targeted at "recognizing the actual objects in an image and assigning properties to those objects--understanding what they mean." The commercial applications of Machine Vision include tracking of people in crowds, numberplate recognition, reconstructing the 3D geometry of an environment.

Text mining

Text mining, sometimes alternately referred to as text data mining, roughly equivalent to text analytics, refers to the process of deriving high-quality information from text. High-quality information is typically derived through the divining of patterns and trends through means such as statistical pattern learning. Text mining usually involves the process of structuring the input text (usually parsing, along with the addition of some derived linguistic features and the removal of others, and subsequent insertion into a database), deriving patterns within the structured data, and finally evaluation and interpretation of the output. 'High quality' in text mining usually refers to some combination of relevance, novelty, and interestingness. Typical text mining tasks include text categorization, text clustering, concept/entity extraction, production of granular taxonomies, sentiment analysis, document summarization, and entity relation modeling (i.e., learning relations between named entities).

Statistical Machine Translation

Half of the EU citizens are not able to hold a conversation in a language other than their mother tongue, let alone to conduct a negotiation, or interpret a law. In a time of wide availability of communication technologies, language barriers are a serious bottleneck to European integration and to economic and cultural exchanges in general. More effective tools to overcome such barriers, in the form of software for machine translation and other cross-lingual textual information access tasks, are in strong demand.

The mind reading wizard

Telepathy was once nothing more than a parlour trick played by illusionists to entertain us. Now something resembling telepathy is becoming a reliable reality. Even if you control every movement of your muscles or flicker of your eyes, you will never hide your brain activity. The magic word is not abracadabra, but Hex-o-Spell!

What are you looking at?

You’re waiting at the station for your train and you glance at the electronic poster next to you. It notices that you’re looking at it, and from your gaze it works out what you would most like to see. It’s as though it’s reading your mind – but really it’s reading your eyes.

The Desktop Doctor

DoctorHundreds of years of medical experience. An infinite patience and the ability to take every symptom into account. Precise and logical, up-to-date, and never short on ideas. All just casually sitting on your doctor’s desk. It may not have much of a bedside manner, but then its job is not to meet patients.

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