Numbers swell for AIPO National Finals

Saturday 17th February - With the lure of Japan as the host country for this year’s International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), students numbers for the AIPO Preliminary round and National Finals saw a significant jump of 33%. Forty secondary students from around Ireland qualified through the preliminary round to pit their coding skills against each other at DCU’s National Programming Olympiad. Once again, with the help of Fidelity Investments sponsorship, high-spec laptops, AIPO medals and the chance to represent Ireland in Japan where on offer making for a very competitive atmosphere amongst these young students.

AIPO2018 Senior WinnersStudents had to code solutions in Python/C++ or Java for 8 algorithmic puzzles in the five hour competition. Each solution is tested against a number of data sets of increasing size with points collected for each one it passes in the allowed run time. Therefore only students who write the most efficient algorithmic solution would receive full points for a problem. As budding data scientists or software developers, these self taught student are already ahead of their peers with the introduction of the computer science leaving cert in September and well on the way to an exciting career in IT.

Kieran Horgan (17yrs) from Davis College, Mallow, Co. Cork, clinched the AIPO Gold medal with an almost perfect score of 795 points out of a possible 800. Having finished in second place last year, Kieran has done a huge amount of competitive programming practice at home which paid off for him on the day. Walking away with a Dell XPS13 laptop and the National AIPO title, Kieran is aiming for a medal at the IOI in September. John Ryan (18yrs) from St. Josephs College, Thurles, finished second with 704 points and Oisin O’Duibhir (18yrs) from Scoil Mhuire Agus Íde, Newcastle West, Limerick came in 3rd with 669 points.

ComputeTY 2018 - Fidelity Invest in future IT students

ComputeTY Winners with FidelityYet again 2018 delivered another successful  ComputeTY programme for many transition year students who attended.

ComputeTY is a transition year programme that allows students to visit the campus for one week to learn computer programming, web design and android app development.  It runs for three weeks every year with approximately 380 TY students on campus.

With the finanical assistance of Fidelity Investments Ireland this year, students showcased their own fully fledged websites, game apps and python programming skills at the end of the week. BBC Microbits where presented to the best students to help them to continue exploring their technical skills. Recent graduates employed on the Fidelity Leap programme gave insightful talks to the students at prizegiving, charted their own journey through CAO choices to the world of IT. Each of them emphaised the huge opportunities in the IT sector for all types of university graduates and encouraged the students to consider the sector when they came to making their CAO choices.

Computing PhD canditate, Fiona Dermody wins Best Student Paper at HUCAPP 2018 Conference

Fiona Dermody, PhD student at the School of Computing, won Best Student Paper at the Third International Conference on Human Computer Interaction Theory and Applications in Madeira, Jan 2018.

Co-written with her supervisor, Dr. Alistair Sutherland, it was entitled 'A Multimodal Positive Computing System for Public Speaking - Evaluating User Responses to Avatar and Video Speaker Representations'.

The International Conference on Human Computer Interaction Theory and Applications aims at becoming a major point of contact between researchers, engineers and practitioners in Human Computer Interaction. The conference will be structured along seventeen main tracks, covering different aspects related to Human Computer Interaction, from Theories, Models and User Evaluation, Interaction Techniques and Devices, Haptic and Multimodal Interaction, and Agents and Human Interaction.

A link to the paper can be found here.

DCU Computing teams compete on European Stage

NWERC 2017 Contestants
NWERC 2017 University Teams

On Sunday 26th November, two DCU computing undergraduate teams competed in the Northwestern Europe Regional Contest (NWERC) at University of Bath in the UK as part of the World ACM ICPC competition. Together with Irish undergraduate teams from Trinity, Maynooth and Queens they competed against university teams from 60 different institutions from 10 different countries in North West Europe.

The DCU team of ‘-= [B]ichael [B] [B]iggins =-’ won the ‘Irish’ title at the competition and placed an impressive 11th out of 42 UK and Irish teams, including teams from Cambridge and Oxford. The team consisted of Noah Donnelly (CPSSD3), Cian Ruane (CPSSD3) and Ciara Godwin (CASE3) solved 4 of the 12 algorithmic problems in the shortest time compared to other Irish teams and made attempts on all the problems. Overall they finished 47th out of the best 120 university teams across north Europe.

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