Computing

Study Computing and make your mark on the future. On this course you will develop mobile applications, drive web development, gain a strong grounding in programming languages, learn about advances in cyber security and develop business solutions. Computing at Surrey will provide you with the foundation knowledge and industrial experience you need.

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Police, camera, convoy analysis!

Interesting fact: multiple vehicles travelling together in ‘convoy’ could be a sign of criminal activity. Surrey Police are keen to identify suspicious cases.

With ubiquitous traffic cameras pulling in huge streams of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) data every day, the question is: how do you spot irregular patterns?

Professor Anthony TS Ho in the Department of Computing has developed an algorithm that’s currently helping police filter out unusual activity. Using a form of feature extraction analysis, the Convoy Analysis program has already been used by Surrey Police in a number of real-life test cases.

Two new academics, Dr Shujun Li and Dr Mandeep K Dhami, have recently joined the project, which has just been awarded MILES funding. Together, they are working on integrating more advanced pattern recognition techniques and improving the program’s ability to deal with large volumes of data.

Building trust at the e-ballot box

Controversial election results could be a thing of the past, as a secure e-voting system developed by researchers in the Department of Computing moves one step closer to implementation.

The team, led by Professor Steve Schneider and Dr James Heather, have helped develop Prêt à Voter, an electronic voting system that produces receipts for every vote cast. This protects against fraud and fosters greater trust in the electoral process by allowing voters to check their votes have been accurately recorded. The system also encrypts receipts so votes remain completely secret.

Helping to allay any remaining concerns over the security of e-voting, the system could dramatically improve democratic participation and make voting easier for citizens living overseas. The next step will involve real-life trials in voting systems around the world.

People-powered conservation site a roaring success

With the threat of poachers looming large, India’s diminishing tiger population is in danger of vanishing altogether.

Tiger Nation is an extraordinary new social media platform that draws on image recognition technology. It’s been developed by a spinout of the Department’s Digital Ecosystems research group, Thoughtified, and lets members of the public help conservationists to keep track of tigers’ movements.

Images uploaded to the Tiger Nation website are automatically analysed to identify tigers based on their stripe patterns. Researchers can then access time and location data, making it possible to keep tabs on tigers at all times.

An exciting and ambitious project, the monitoring data provided by Tiger Nation will help conservationists prevent India’s tiger population from dwindling further.

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