There was a strong representation from the Faculty of Engineering and Computing at the recent Fujitsu awards. The awards are to recognise and encourage innovative achievements by DCU students, researchers and staff. The criteria for these awards not only look at the key benefits of the idea, but more so, the greater benefit to society.
The Final Year Computing and Engineering students here in DCU staged another successful Expo this year to showcase their final year projects. A combined effort of over 100 projects between the three schools was on display. Over 50 companies and 200 people came to see ideas and inventions ranging from internet-controlled security robots to an autopilot demonstration rig and hospital spillage sensing devices. A multitude of apps were also on display including MyBalCheck which consolidates users’ banking, utilities and mobile accounts into a single app; a digital guitar tuner; landlord management systems; and an app which allows restaurants to donate good quality waste food to charities.
Professor Alan Smeaton, Professor of Computing at DCU, has been admitted to the Royal Irish Academy in honour of his world-class contribution to science. Election to membership of the Royal Irish Academy is a public recognition of academic excellence and is the highest academic honour in Ireland.
Professor Smeaton has been a member of staff at DCU since 1987 and in his previous roles he has been Head of School and Executive Dean of Faculty. As part of the CLARITY CSET he leads a group of researchers on the development of theories and technologies to support all aspects of information discovery: helping people to find the right information at the right time. He is internationally recognised for his work on information retrieval, particularly multimedia retrieval and video analysis. His work has contributed important theoretical insights and helped to resolve major technical challenges and will continue with SFI funding under the INSIGHT Research Centre, starting in July 2013.