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Irish Medal success at International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI2018)

Kieran Horgan IOI MedalWednesday 5th September - 18 year old Kieran Horgan from Mallow, Co. Cork clinched a Bronze medal at this year’s prestigious 30th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Tsukuba, Japan. After winning the AIPO national title in DCU in February, Kieran was awarded the Bronze medal after two days of competitive programming among 335 high school students from around the world. In field that is dominated by the USA, China, Russia and former soviet states, this is quite an achievement!

Sponsored by Fidelity Investments, Team Ireland included John Ryan (19yr) from St.Joseph's College, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Oisin O’Duibhir (18yr) from Scoil Mhuire Agus Íde, Newcastle West, Limerick, Caolan Fleming (17yr) from Leinster College, Newbridge, Kildare, Kieran Horgan and Delegation Leaders, Gary Conway and Ximo Planells.

Kieran had an excellent first day of the contest, scoring 180 points out of a possible 300,  to put him into a solid silver medal position. However, the second day of the contest was much tougher, with Kieran only scoring 24 out of 300 points. Thankfully, most students found points difficult to come by on the second day, but he did slip down into the Bronze category managing to scoring enough to keep himself above the cut off. He gave his delegation leaders (and his family no doubt!) quite a fright on the morning of the second competition day, when he was one of the first to score 19 points on the third problem, propelling himself into the Gold range!

PhD candidate Fiona Dermody wins Women in Science PhD Poster Competition

Fiona Dermody L'Oreal24th May 2018 - Fiona Dermody, PhD student at the School of Computing, was one of the two winners at the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science PhD Poster Competition in the Royal Society last night.

The For Women In Science Fellowship recognises the achievements and contributions of exceptional females across the globe, by awarding promising scientists with Fellowships to help further their research. The poster competition was open to female PhD Students in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science and Maths.

Fiona is pictured with Jeff Bridges Chief Executive and Secretary-General  UK National Commission for UNESCO, Zamila Bunglawala UK National Commission for UNESCO Director and Geoff Skingsley Chairman L’Oréal UK and Ireland.

School of Computing collect two awards at President’s Award for ​Innovation 2018

Student Innovation Winners 2018DCU School of Computing collects two awards at this year's President’s Award for ​Innovation. Two third year CA groups where joint winners in the Student Category and the Adapt team who put together DCU Fuse won a special award for Innovation.

In the student category, Russell Brady and Cathal Hughes from Computer Applications 3rd Year where joint winners for their Skin Condition Classifier App. This app uses image analysis, deep learning and artificial intelligence to develop an app for diagnosis of common skin conditions.

James Gallagher, also from Computer Applications 3rd Year was the other joint winner of the student category with his GiveBack.ie project. This project is an online platform that enables Irish consumers to help society's most vulnerable simply by shopping onli​ne.​

School of Computing MCM Students wins award at PwC Event

PwC Student AwardsPwC hosted their annual student academic awards  on Wednesday 28th March. This important event includes memorial awards and academic achievement prizes for both employees and external students. This year, for the first time, they also awarded two prizes to students from the MSc. in Computing from the School of Computing, DCU. The latter awards were given for the highest Practicum result in the MSc.  and the highest Practicum in Data Analytics.  John Segrave-Daly achieved the highest Practicum result prize for a research topic entitled:  “The Application of Machine Learning and Survival Analysis to Receipt of Palliative Care for Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)”, supervised by  Prof. Alan Smeaton.The Data Analytics prize went to Ciaran Porter, whose research project was entitled: “Determining Optimal Business Location by using existing Customer Reviews”, supervised by Prof. Gareth Jones.

This ongoing relationship between the School of Computing, DCU and PwC, the largest professional services company in the country is both important and encouraging for all involved.

The photo shows (l-r)  Richard Day, Partner, Risk Assurance Services, PwC, Ciaran Porter MSc, Renaat Verbruggen, Director of MSc in Computing, John Segrave-Daly MSc.,  Keith Power, Director, Risk Assurance Services, PwC.

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