Secondary Schools Get Hi Tech at ComputeTY 2014

cty pic1This year the School of Computing, in conjunction with CNGL, for the ninth year in a row, ran their groundbreaking ComputeTY programme for Transition Year students.  The programme has run very successfully over the years, and has evolved and improved over time.  The statistics are showing that this outreach programme also directly recruits new students into the Faculty of Engineering and Computing year on year, which is also a huge plus for DCU.

In the past, the course structure was divided into two streams, Stream 1 - web design and Stream 2 - an introduction to Java programming.  However, this year a third stream App Inventor was introduced to teach students how to design and create their own mobile apps, which can be tested and run on any Android device.  Technical advisor Gary Conway said ‘technically, we continue to evolve ComputeTY to keep the programme fresh and in touch with the interests of today’s youth.  By introducing the AppInventor stream, it allows students to realise they have the technical ability and creativity to create something that’s not only fun but has the potential to develop into something bigger and more useful in the future’.

CNGL wins IAPCO International Conference Award for ACM SIGIR 2013

Nicola McGrane, Managing Director, Conference Partners presents Dr. Páraic Sheridan with the IAPCO Award

CNGL Associate Director wins International Client Award for commitment to raising conference standards

Dr. Páraic Sheridan, Associate Director of the SFI-funded CNGL Centre for Global Intelligent Content, has been awarded the prestigious International Client Award 2013 by the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO).

Dr. Sheridan was nominated by global professional conference organiser, Conference Partners, for being an “exceptional client” in his role as general co-chair for the ACM Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR) conference which was held in Dublin in July 2013.

Enterprise Computing Students become Digital Musicians

Sonic-Pi Lab StudentStudents on the Enterprise Computing (DC200) course turned their hand to making music this semester as part of the 'Introduction to Computer Hardware' (CA112) module. It was part of a new practical session designed by module co-ordinator, Dr. Monica Ward and the technical support team here in the School of Computing.

They performed this task using Raspberry Pi computers and a piece of open-source software called Sonic-Pi, which teaches the concepts of programming through the process of musical composition. The  Raspberry Pi is a small credit card sized, low-cost computer, that can be used for many different personal and commerial computing tasks,  however the Raspberry Pi was primarily designed by the University of Cambridge to promote the teaching and learning of computer science. 

School of Computing hosts another successful Open Day!

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The School of Computing ran yet another active and successful Open Day in DCU on Friday and Saturday 15th and 16th November with over 720 students attending the Computing talks over the two days.   Each talk was filled to capacity and many had to be turned away.  Students are clearly keen to invest time and effort into understanding the key elements of each computing degree and were eager to ask specific questions about each one and the career prospects following graduation. 

It is an obvious indication that computing is becoming a prime choice for students year on year , with the demand driving the CAO points up for each course.  There was also a noticeable increase in students who are programming at home in their own time.  Some of these students were particularly keen to hear about our new Computational Problem Solving and Software Development (CPSSD) degree, a degree designed for those who have programming experience, a sign of the times ahead! 

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