UKeiG names Professor Alan Smeaton as the 2011 Tony Kent Strix Award winner

UKeiG – the UK eInformation Group of CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals announced this year’s winner of the UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award.

Professor Alan Smeaton of the School of Computing, Dublin City University is a worthy winner of this prestigious award with sustained contributions to the field of natural language processing techniques for textual information retrieval as well as to the indexing and retrieval of image, audio and video data. He now leads a research team at the University of 40 researchers working in areas including life-logging, video analysis, summarization and search, data aggregation in environmental sensor networks, collaborative search techniques, data fusion from sensor networks and using sensors in media applications.  He was founding director for the Centre for Digital Video Processing, a world-leading research centre for video processing and retrieval. Professor Smeaton was also the founding coordinator of TRECVid, which started as an independent evaluation exercise of the Text REtrieval Conference (TREC) in 2001 – an initiative that has clearly been instrumental to the progress of the field of digital video retrieval.

The presentation of the ‘Owl’ Trophy and a certificate will take place on M

CLARITY awarded €2m funding for sensor research


Researchers in CLARITY (Centre for Sensor Web Technologies), have been awarded almost €2m under the European Framework (FP7) for a number of sensor research projects.

The funding will be used for a number of different projects each of which builds on sensor technology developed in CLARITY. One of these projects is in the security area and looks at new CCTV tracking systems, based on advanced video sensing, that will allow faster and more accurate tracking of individuals as they move from one CCTV system to another. The system will be of benefit to local, national and international security agencies.

The CLARITY principals involved in this research are Professor Alan Smeaton, Professor Noel O'Connor and Dr. Cathal Gurrin, all from the Faculty of Engineering and Computing at DCU.

FP7 is a European-led initiative that promotes research, education and innovation, with a view to creating incentives for new employment.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. launches European Cloud Event in Dublin


The European Industry University Research Association (EIURA) with local partners in Dublin City University brought the next generation of European Cloud Computing initiativesto the forefront on Friday 30th of September in the Crowne Plaza, Northwood, Dublin.  The EIURA Forum brought international experts to Ireland with a view to forming partnerships with our own university researchers and industry leaders for high profile European projects.

Consortium building, proposal writing for funding and information on funding instruments are all presented and expert panelist and speakers are providing advice freely on European and National projects and how to get involved. The funding available from the EU in this targeted area is€70M and Irish partners have has the most success ever last year in 2010 attracting over €300M to date from EU FP7 Framework.


The Citrix Challenge Competition


What? - The Citrix Challenge

When? - Wednesday 19th October

Time? - 9.30 am to 5.30pm

Where? - DCU campus (building TBA)

Who can apply? - Final year students from Computing and other IT-related courses

Why? - The chance to develop yourself, work with a top innovative company, win fabulous prizes and position yourself in the employment market!

If you think you have what it takes to thrive in an innovative and dynamic company why not take the Citrix Challenge?

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