School of Computing collect two awards at President’s Award for ​Innovation 2018

Student Innovation Winners 2018DCU School of Computing collects two awards at this year's President’s Award for ​Innovation. Two third year CA groups where joint winners in the Student Category and the Adapt team who put together DCU Fuse won a special award for Innovation.

In the student category, Russell Brady and Cathal Hughes from Computer Applications 3rd Year where joint winners for their Skin Condition Classifier App. This app uses image analysis, deep learning and artificial intelligence to develop an app for diagnosis of common skin conditions.

James Gallagher, also from Computer Applications 3rd Year was the other joint winner of the student category with his GiveBack.ie project. This project is an online platform that enables Irish consumers to help society's most vulnerable simply by shopping onli​ne.​

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. 

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