700 Natural Language specialists are to visit Dublin for the CNGL-hosted COLING 2014 Conference, which will run from 23-29 August at The Helix, DCU. COLING 2014 - the 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics - promises a stimulating programme reporting latest advances in computational linguistics. The event covers a broad spectrum of technical areas relating to natural language and computation.
After several selection rounds of the All-Ireland Programming Olympiad (http://aipo.computing.dcu.ie/) four young men from around Ireland are off to pit their wits against the best in the world in a very 21st century competition, the International Olympiad in Informatics (http://www.ioi2014.org/). And the remarkable thing is all of them are still in secondary school!
Competing against over 300 students from 86 other countries in the beautiful and exotic city of Taipei in Taiwan, Team Ireland consists of:
Richard Tynan (19yrs) from Cistercian College, Roscrea
Áron Hoffman (17yrs) from Luttrellstown Community College, Dublin
Conor Griffin (18yrs) from Ardscoil Ris, Limerick
Daniel Mulcahy (17rs) from Gonzaga College, Dublin
Dublin City University student Robert Lis has been awarded a place on the Engineering, Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Masters (ESTEEM) programme at US University, Notre Dame, for the Academic Year 2014/15. The student will be supported by a fellowship from the Naughton Foundation which, every year, makes 4-5 awards to outstanding candidates from Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin City University and University College Cork.
Openet, one of the largest privately-owned software companies in Ireland, has agreed to provide essential funding to DCU to strengthen academic resources within the School of Computing.
A significant number of Openet staff are DCU graduates, according to Joe Hogan, a proud graduate himself of DCU's BSc in Computer Applications (1989), “Openet has long recognised the calibre of graduates produced by DCU, particularly from the School of Computing, and more recently we have been working to strengthen the relationship links between Openet and the university. We are keen for DCU students to view Openet as an employer of choice when they graduate.”