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Study Computing and make your mark on the future. On our courses you will receive the opportunity to 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 through verifiable voting

Controversial elections results could be a thing of the past, as a verifiable electronic voting system developed by Surrey’s Department of Computing has successfully been deployed – for the first time worldwide – in a state-wide statutory political election.

Surrey’s verifiable voting system, which was used in the State of Victoria election in Australia in November 2014, allows voters to check that their votes have been accurately recorded while encrypting receipts so that votes remain completely secret. This protects against fraud and fosters greater trust in the electoral process, potentially improving democratic participation in elections.

Led by Professor Steve Schneider with Dr Chris Culnane as lead system architect, the Surrey team created a system that could cater for blind, partially-sighted and motor impaired voters, and also handle remote voting for citizens living overseas. Following the system’s successful deployment in the Victorian election, the researchers are looking at opportunities for commercialisation and roll-out.

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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Computing - Professional Training Placement at IBM

Catch up with current University of Surrey placement students at IBM. At the end of the professional training placement, many students receive offers of employment from their placement employers for when they graduate.

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