Prof. Rory O'Connor (R.I.P.) - Head of School 2014-2019

RoryOConnorRIPThis summer the death of Prof. Rory O'Connor, head of the DCU School of Computing was announced. He died unexpectedly, but very peacefully, while on holiday in France with his beloved family. Colleagues described him as a gifted and enthusiastic researcher, educator, a kind and generous colleague and a great friend. It was a shock, a huge loss for all of us in the School of Computing and, of course, enormous loss for his young family.

Twice graduate of DCU (BSc in Computer Applications, 1993; MSc in Computing 1995), Rory undertook his PhD(2000) at City, University of London, after which he joined the School of Computing. He was a visiting professor at the University of Iceland in 2006-2007, and had close research ties with Dundalk Institute of Technology.

Rory led the School of Computing for almost 6 years (2014-2019), during which time there was very significant expansion in research activities growth in academic and research staff, major facilities upgrade and important programme innovations (including delivery of a master’s programme abroad). Rory was a mentor to PhD students, early career researchers and academics, and taught by example the value of ongoing professional development. He was student-focused in all of his work. Within the University he was a member of serval key university committees, including the IT governance  Committee and the Academic Promotions Committee.

Professor Andy Way Wins Prestigious International Award for His Outstanding Contribution to MT

Andy-MT-Award-2019Professor Andy Way, Deputy Director of the ADAPT Centre and Professor of Computing at DCU, has been selected as the winner of the Award of Honour from the prestigious International Association for Machine Translation (IAMT).

The award was presented to Professor Way at a ceremony at the world’s largest machine translation conference, the MT Summit, which took place last week in DCU.  Delivering the commendation, President of the IAMT, Professor Mikel Forcada said:

“Professor Andy Way is one of the leaders in machine translation research worldwide. He has published an abundance of peer-reviewed conference and journal papers about many different aspects of machine translation, which are widely cited. During the last 25 years, he has built and leads here, at Dublin City University, one of the strongest machine translation groups in the world, a group which is now part of the ADAPT Centre where he is deputy director, and which has attracted top researchers and a large number of Irish and European projects, some of which he has led personally. During these years, 24 of his students have successfully defended their PhD theses, many of which work for prestigious academic institutions or leading companies in the field.”

FORC (Pathway in Forensic Computing) Summer School 2019

FORC 2019The School of Computing through Charlie Daly, Darragh O’Brien and Renaat Verbruggen hosted a Summer School for two weeks as part of an Erasmus+ project, FORC, which is aimed at capability building in Forensic Computing.

We were lucky to have fantastic contributions from our colleagues, John McKenna and Suzanne Little.

We hosted 14 students from two Universities in Jordan and two in Palestine:  Al-Quds University, Palestine; Palestine Technical University Kadoorie; Princess Sumaya University for Technology Jordan and The University of Jordan.

Thanks to the generosity of the Faculty we also held a reception for the students on Tuesday 18th, June in the POD in the Stokes Building.

Feedback from all the participants about their experience at DCU has been extremely positive.

MCM students win at PWC Annual Student Academic Awards

PWC-MCM-Awards-2019PWC hosted their annual student academic awards  on Wednesday 10th April. This important event includes memorial awards and academic achievement prizes for both employees and external students. This year, for the second time, they 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 result in Data Analytics.

First prize: Tom Skehin, title: "Day Ahead Forecasting of FAANG Stocks Using ARIMA and LSTM Networks and Wavelet Decomposition.", major Data Analytics. Supervisor: Dr. Martin Crane.
Second Prize: Stefan Compton, title: "A Practical System for Automatic Generation of
Scala Programs from Specifications", major Software Engineering. Supervisor: Dr. Geoff Hamilton.

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.

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