Three perfect scores at the 2016 AIPO Nationals Finals

AIPO2016-Finals1There was much excitement in the foyer of the School of Computing last Saturday at the National Finals of the All-Ireland Programming Olympiad (AIPO) among parents and siblings of the school going competitors. With the atmosphere fuelled by numerous teas, coffees, Fidelity cupcakes and sweet cart jellies, spectators witnessed three perfect scores in the final minutes of the 5 hour Algorithmic Programming Olympiad.

Teofil Camarasu, Leaving Cert student from Dundalk Grammar School, amazingly posted a perfect score on all problems after just 2.5 hours of the 5 hour competition. A very strong performance from the IOI2015 Team Ireland member and bodes well for his chances of making Team Ireland again this year for IOI2016 in Russia.

The next to post a perfect score after 4 hours of the competition was the hardened competitor, John Ryan, Transition Year student from St. Joseph's College Tipperary. John won the Junior section of the AIPO 2014 and has been a regular prizewinner at the BT Young Scientist competition.

Finally, with just 15 minutes to go, Eoin Davey from Summerhill College Sligo, cracked the final problem and got his perfect 450 point score.

CPSSD Team go close @ Google HashCode

HashCode LogoThe first year CPSSD team of Noah Donnelly, Cian Ruane and Stefan Kennedy caused some excitement at the Google HashCode competition here in the School of Computing last week (11/2/16).

Google HashCode is a team competition where teams a given a real-life engineering problem from Google to solve. Past problems have included Optimizing Street View Routing or planning altitude and direction of a fleet of LTE equipped balloons to provide Internet to remote areas. This year, students had to solve a Drone Delivery problem, efficiently delivering orders from customers from multiple warehouses. See below for the problem statement.

ComputeTY 2016 - Transition Year Students Get Hi-Tech in DCU

ComputeyTY2016-1The School of Computing, DCU, in conjunction with ADAPT, the centre for digital content technology and the HEA, had a full house again this year with their cutting-edge ComputeTY programme for Transition Year students.  The programme has continued to be hugely successfully over the last 10 years, and has become more innovative and hi-tech over time. Transition Year students now have the opportunity to study mobile app development for Android phones and tablets; learn how to design and build websites; and also learn the fundamentals of computer programming using the Java language.

The primary goal of ComputeTY is to de-mystify computer programming for Transition Year students and allow them to make a more informed decision about studying computing at University and IT as a career choice. Professor Rory O’Connor the Head of School of Computing at DCU says “transition year students really enjoy the opportunity to come to DCU and participate in this programme. Not only does it give them an opportunity to learn new technical skills, it also gives them a taste of college life which they will not have experienced before”.

DCU Insight Researchers wins Best Paper at 22nd MMM Conference

Best MMM Paper

A team from Insight DCU including TengQi Ye, Tianchun Wang, Kevin McGuinness, Yu Guo, and Cathal Gurrin has just won the best paper award at the 22nd international Conference on Multimedia Modelling held in Miami, Florida 4-6 January 2016 for a paper entitled "*Learning Multiple Views with Orthogonal Denoising Autoencoder"*.  The paper was was selected from a total of 168 papers submitted to the conference.

Picture shows Prof Tat-Seng Chua, National University of Singapore and Chair of the Conference Steering Committee, and authors TengQi Ye and Cathal Gurrin. Prof Chua is also a member of the Insight Scientific Advisory Board.

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