L-R – Dr. John McKenna and Gary Conway, School of Computing - Maxym Balashchuk, Ardgillan College, Michael O’Neill, St. Fintan’s School Sutton and Rico Duessmann Mount Temple Comprehensive, all winners of ComputeTY2 and Prema Bhuiyan, Bank of Ireland sponsor.
DCU School of Computing run a ComputeTY programme every year taking in approximately 380 TY students from North Dublin and South Meath to give them a taste of Undergraduate Computer Science. This year for the first year thanks to Bank of Ireland, the cream of ComputeTY were invited back to further their computing skills with the aim of preparing them for entry in the All-Ireland Programming Olympiad (AIPO) also hosted in DCU.
Bank of Ireland put up three mini iPads for the winners of a programming contest held at the end of the day. The results were:
Michael O’Neill, St. Fintan’s School Sutton
Rico Duessmann Mount Temple Comprehensive
Maxym Balashchuk, Ardgillan College
Although there were three winners, all the ComputeTY students should be commended for achievement of reaching the second day. These students consumed the first four to five weeks of our first year Python Undergraduate course in a week and a day!
There was no delay for some students getting straight into a productive 2017, by participating in DCU’s School of Computing ComputeTY programme. This transition year programme allows TY students to visit the campus for one week to learn computer programming, web design and android app development. It runs for three weeks every year with approximately 380 TY students on campus.
Prof. Rory O’Connor, Head of School of Computing said “We are delighted this year to have the support of Bank of Ireland who joined forces with us to help support ComputeTY and bring it to a new level through innovation and transformation of the programming stream. With Bank of Ireland’s support, this year, students will learn how to programme in Python the most popular programming language in the world, with a view to giving them a taste of our Computer Application Undergraduate degree here in DCU. Students learn to program with the help of the BBC micro:bit.” The micro: bits are powerful handheld, fully programmable computers only 5cm wide designed by the BBC and makes a great introduction to the world of programmable components. Students connect the BBC micro: bit to their computer via USB or use an app for android devices.
Two School of Computing PhD researchers came out on top at the FEC Faculty Research Day this week.
Fiona Dermody and Suzanne McCarthy won the best poster awards on the Day. The title of Fiona's research is 'A Multimodal Positive Computing System for Public Speaking with Real-Time Feedback' and Suzanne's is 'Anomaly Detection in Agri Warehouse Construction'.
The Faculty Research day's focus was showcasing the Inter-Disciplinary research across the 3 schools, with talks from our post-doctoral community, Dr. Inam Ul Ahad from MME, Dr. Haithem Alfi from Computing and Dr. Patrick Bradley from EE. The event also saw quick-fire presentations from 51 PhD students, from across the 3 schools, showcasing a wide variety of research from our faculty. The standard of poster presentations was very high with only the top five selected as winners.
DCU’s Professor Alan Smeaton has been awarded the highest possible honour by the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity for his outstanding contributions to multimedia indexing and retrieval.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has awarded Professor Smeaton a fellowship, the highest grade of membership which is conferred upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishment in any of the IEEE fields of interest.
Professor Smeaton is Professor of Computing at Dublin City University and one of the founding Directors of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, funded by Science Foundation Ireland. He joins only fourteen IEEE Fellows in Ireland to date.