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.

Presenting the 2018 Irish IOI Team

AIPO-IOI Team Ireland1Sunday 8th April - After three day of competitive programming in DCU’s School of Computing at the final stage of the All-Ireland Programming Olympiad (AIPO), the best young programmers in Ireland have been selected to attend the prestigious 30th International Olympiad in Informatics in Tsukuba, Japan in September.
 
John Ryan (19yrs - St.Joseph's College, Borrisoleigh, Thurles), Kieran Horgan (18yrs - Davis College, Mallow, Co. Cork), Oisin O’Duibhir (18yrs - Scoil Mhuire Agus Íde, Newcastle West, Limerick) and newcomer Caolan Fleming (17yrs - Kings Hospital, Lucan, Co. Dublin) claimed the top four places on the AIPO scoreboard. Eight students from the National Finals in February were invited to this Fidelity Investments sponsored selection bootcamp on DCU campus for a mix of competitive programming training and IOI qualification contests.

1st, 2nd & 3rd for DCU teams at IrlCPC

IrlCPC AIPO 2018Saturday 10th March - This year's AIPO secondary school team of John Ryan, Kieran Horgan and Oisin O'Duibhir won the 2018 Irish Collegiate Programming Competition (IrlCPC) in UCC. These whizzkids posted a perfect score of 71 points in just 1 hour 40 minutes into the 4 hour algorithmic competition.

Unfortunately as they are still at secondary school they were unable to collect the IrlCPC title. This went to the top undergraduate team of Noah Donnelly, Cian Ruane and Ciara Godwin from DCU. A combined CPSSD and CA team sporting Swiss t-shirts courtesy of Noah's internship at Google Zurich. 3rd place went to the CPSSD veterans of Darragh Griffin, Conor Griffin and Ryan Connell. These three DCU teams all posted perfect scores of 71, the only teams to achieve this out of 40 university teams competing.

AIPO teams have now got top spot at IrlCPC three out of the last five years, which is an amazing achievement for students who are still at school. The AIPO team to represent Ireland at the prestigious International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) will be selected over a three day bootcamp in DCU on 6/7/8th April. 

Dr. Suzanne Little named in Silicon Republic's Pipeline Protectors

Girls Hack Ireland7th March 2018 - On International Women's Day, Dr. Suzanne Little from Insight and the School of Computing, has been named in Silicon Republic's list of female Pipeline Protectors for educating the next generation of STEM talent.

Along with her DCU colleagues, Dr Aoibhéann Bird of Insight and Ruth Kenealy (formly of Insight), Suzanne was listed along with 33 other female educators for addressing gender balance in the STEM pipeline and nurturing a new generation of women in STEM through education and outreach initiatives.

“Girls Hack Ireland addresses the challenge of cultivating … that science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is inclusive of and rewarding for girls and women.” This is the core maxim of Girls Hack Ireland, an initiative started by Dr Joanne Dolan (more on her below) and later led by the three DCU colleagues.

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