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Dr Luca Longo speaks at TEDxVicenza


 

Dr Luca Longo, a lecturer and researcher at the DIT School of Computing, recently gave a talk at the prestigious TedXVicenza event in Italy. Dr Longo’s a featured speaker at the event, opened the show and spoke on the topic of Artificial Intelligence, with a particular emphasis on the ethics behind it.

In essence Dr Longo started his contribution with the famous question proposed by Alan Turing: “can machines think?”. It then briefly described the state of the art in Artificial Intelligence and presented a future time line mentioning the ‘technological singularity” concept introduced some years ago by Ray Kurzweil. He then continued with future predictions of technological events within the next 28 years.

The talk also covered contemporary and ethical issues around the field of Artificial Intelligence.  To conclude Dr Longo introduced a provocative 10th objection, following the 9 objections proposed by the renowned Computer Scientist Alan Turing’s to his own Turing Test. 

This provocation is:
“If it is true we will be able to transfer human intelligence to machines, and they will become more intelligent than us, it is also true that we have let them become more intelligent. An absurdum.”

DIT School of Computing May 2017



KEDDIT Double Degree in Computer Science


Dr Paul Doyle of DITSoC with KNU President Sang-Dong KIM at the signing of the KEDDIT agreement in Daegu

IT School of Computing and KNU (Kyungpook National University) School of Computer Science & Engineering have agreed to increase cooperation in education, science, and culture between Ireland and the Republic of Korea by offering an undergraduate double degree programme in Computer Science and Information Technology knowns as the Korean and European Double Degree in Information Technology (KEDDIT). KEDDIT is the result of 3 years of extensive co-operation and collaboration between the partner institutes on a whole range of projects,  these have included:

  1. 1. GlobalWorkIT EU_ICI Project

  2. 2. The Global Classroom

  3. 3. HubLinked Knowledge Alliance

  4. 4. GETM3

  5. 5. KNU Global Summer Schools

  6. 6. Erasmus+

  7. 7. Online Course Development

The KEDDIT programme will also look to build on the success of the collaboration between KNU and the European Double Degree in Information Technology (EDDIT) partners of which DIT is a member alongside H_da (Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences) and Oamk (Oulu University of Applied Sciences).  Over the past three years KNU and the EDDIT partners have successfully exchanged over 100 students demonstrating the compatibility of each of the degree programmes and the high standard of students taking part in the mobilities.

Based on the success of the EDDIT it was thus proposed that DIT and KNU would agree to their own exclusive Double Degree arrangement. This arrangement would see students engage in a study exchange programme between KNU and DIT for a whole academic year. Upon completion, students will obtain two qualifications:

  1. DIT - BSc. Computer Science;

  2. KNU - BSc. Computer Science and Engineering

The aim of KEDDIT is to integrate students into the partner university for and academic year whilst at the same time providing them with a unique cultural experience. No new modules are required to be created within DIT or KNU to facilitate this award.  Using the experiences of the last 3 years within the GlobalWorkIT project, students will be offered modules in pre-existing Computer Science courses.

In summary:

  • Both DIT and  KNU students will complete the equivalent of 60 ECTS credits whilst on exchange.

  • The 60 ECTS credits will be derived from both technical modules and cultural modules as well as the Global Classroom module.

  • DIT students who meet the KNU requirements for a Dual Award will be awarded a KNU Degree (B.Sc. Computer Science and Engineering) in addition to their DIT award.
  • KNU Students who meet the DIT requirements for the Dual Award will be awarded a DIT Degree (BSc. (Ord) Computer Science) in addition to their KNU award.

 

DIT School of Computing April 2017



 CodeFirst:Girls finishes up after highly successful semester at DIT


 

 

Codefirst:Girls an award winning social enterprise which aims to reduce the gender gap in technology by teaching coding to female participants has just finished up its second semester at DIT. The weekly course, the first of its kind to be run in Ireland, was initially piloted in November 2016 by Dr Susan McKeever of the School of Computing with its second iteration running from January to March of this year. Over the course of the eight week course the participants learned the basics of CSS and HTML eventually using these technical skills to build their own website from scratch.

The course was free of charge and open to all female participant across the institute, regardless of their academic background. Unfortunately there were limited places on the course and the levels of interest amongst students was such that there was a 7:1 ratio of applications to places. The 25 female students who eventually enrolled onto the course came from a range of academic disciplines across DIT which included business, languages, food and hospitality, retail and social sciences.

Speaking about the course Dr. McKeever, a senior lecturer in the school of computing who is actively involved in promoting gender equality at third level said that

"Given the major shortage of females in the tech sector, we are really delighted to have the chance to work with CodeFirstGirls.  We were particularly delighted to see the high levels of interest amongst the students so we certainly hope to host it again in the Autumn"

As a not for profit organisation Codefirst:Girls is run by volunteer instructors and ambassadors. With this in mind Dr McKeever wished to give a special thanks to CodeFirst: Girls ambassador and DITSoC student Fatema Bader - and course instructors Andrea Fagan and Gareth Miller from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

 

DIT School of Computing April 2017. For further information please contact Dr Susan Mckeever (susan.mckeever@dit.ie)



Computing in the Community


 

A group of 3rd year Computer Science students from DIT Kevin Street are currently involved in a new module whereby they have been mentoring a transition year (TY) class in Stratford College, Rathgar. he ‘Computer Studies’ classes got off to a great start in February when the DIT students mentored their new pupils in the use of Python and Raspberry Pi. Since then the TY students have been getting to grips with and learning new programming languages. The classes are of mutual benefit to both sets of students as the TYs are currently undertaking the Microcontrollers module as part of the ICS Computing Curriculum, while the 3rd Year DIT students have elected to do a module called "Computing in the Community" which is worth 5 ECTS credits.

The ‘Computing in the Community’ module is a completely new module launched this semester and includes on site visits, mentoring and direct contact with the TY students but also the development of learning resources for the 2nd level students. For the 3rd level students it offers a mentoring opportunity whereby they can contribute the knowledge they have learned so far in university and give it back to 2nd level students within the community.

Speaking about the experience one of the DIT students - Alan said "I am part of a group of 4 DIT students who will be assisting Transition Year students in Stratford College with learning programming. We hope to contribute back to the community with the knowledge we have gained in college so far."

The initiative is all down to the work of both Brian Gillespie and Liz McKeever from DIT Kevin St. who together with the teaching staff of Stratford College developed the idea of a creating a new and exciting 2nd-3rd level collaboration between computing students at different stages of their educational life-cycle. Speaking about the new module Brian Gillespie said “it made perfect sense as there was a demand from our students to get involved in community based initiatives whilst we had the good fortune of having a relationship with a local school who themselves had a keen interest in developing a mentoring programme.

DIT School of Computing March 2017 - Stratford College, Rathgar -  

For more info contact:
Liz McKeever (liz.mcKeever@dit.ie) or Brian Gillespie (brian.x.gillespie@dit.ie)



Brendan Tierney announced as new UK-OUG Member Advocate


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DIT Computer Science lecturer Brendan Tierney has been elected as the new Member Advocate of the UK’s Oracle User Group (UKOUG). Brendan was elected by his fellow Oracle User Group members and will now actively represent them at board level of the UKOUG.

The UK Oracle User Group is a membership community of over 8,500 individuals who work for a variety of Oracle customers, Oracle partners and the Oracle Corporation. Brendan’s new role will be to represent these members at the board/operating group of the UKOUG and to liaise between members and the board. Additionally Brendan will now become a representative at the EOUC (European Oracle User Group Council) and on the IOUC (International User Group Council) events.

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Brendan has over 24 years experience working with Oracle technologies and been an OUG member for 18 years. As well as been an Oracle ACE Director Brendan has also authored four books on Oracle that are all available online [Oracle R Enterprise; Real World SQL and PL/SQL;  Predictive Analytics using Oracle Data Miner; and Essentials of Data Science]. Since 2014 he has been the editor of the UKOUG Oracle Scene magazine and is also the founder of the OUG Ireland meetup group, along with one of the organisers of the annual 2 day OUG Ireland Conference..

Brendan said of his appointment: "I'm honoured to have been elected, excited by the opportunity and looking forward to working with all communities over the next two years".

Brendan has been lecturing in the School of Computing for over 16 years specialising in the areas of Data Mining, Data and Database Analytics and Advanced Databases.

The term will last for two years ending March 2019.

 

 DIT Computing March 2017 



D‌ITSoC to partner with Innopolis University


 

The DIT School of Computing has been successful in obtaining European Funding under the highly-competitive Erasmus+ International Credit mobilty funding  scheme. The Club_ID project will assist in deepening DIT's existing relationship with Innopolis University as a primary partner in the Russian Federation.
 
  •  A curriculum mapping workshop between DIT and INN's undergraduate and postgraduate degrees to determine appropriate pathways for future student exchanges and other joint educational projects
  •  A mapping between Irish and Russian Federation computer science curriculum 
  •  A workshop on pedagogical approaches / teaching methods
  •  A research workshop to determine common areas for collaborative postgraduate projects, supervision and postgraduate mobility (a continuance of work already underway)
  •  Explore the development of a "Joint Research Lab" which to leverage EU and Russian Federation funding 
  •  A workshop on industry engagement approaches (How we work with ICT industry)
 
Dublin is one of Europe's major ICT hubs and the ICT sector is of critical importance to the Irish economy. The DIT School of Computing is one of the largest providers of highly skilled graduates to this sector. The internationalisation strategy of the School is to ensure that we have a close collaboration with our closest counterparts in other global ICT hubs  in world-leading ICT sectors. This has been achieved for many European locations through an European Double Degree in IT with Oulu in Finland and Darmstadt Germany; DIT School of Computing is the lead partner with KyungPook National University (KNU) in an EU-Industrialised Country Instrument (Korea) project called GlobalWorkIT; and more recently, the School of Computing secured it's first Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance for the HUBLINKED project which aims to establish additional programme-level collaborations with global ICT hubs in Korea, Finland, Sweden, Paris, Germany. The aim of this ICM project with Innopolis is to establish a collaboration with a leading Russian ICT hub. The ultimate aim is to build a global understanding of ICT and Computer Science teaching, research and stakeholder engagement activities between leading Faculties of Computer Science worldwide, and the global ICT industry. 
 
 

Innopolis University

  

Innopolis University (IU) is a Russian university focused on education and scientific research in the field of IT and Robotics. It is an integral element of Innopolis project - a new city of high technology that is being built from the scratch, a satellite of Kazan – the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, one of the most economically developed regions of Russia. The goal of Innopolis University is to produce highly qualified specialists, to create and commercialize cutting-edge technology, and so to contribute to the advancement of the national IT&innovation industry. Innopolis University operates in close cooperation with its industrial partners – major Russian IT&Telecom companies, and enjoys the high-tech environment created thanks to Special Economic Zone of Innopolis city and ICT companies residing in it.
 
Although a new university, Innopolis has a strong international outlook and has developed an impressive suite of collaborations with leading Computer Science Faculties worldwide in highly-ranked universities in the USA, Italy, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea. All programs of Innopolis University are delivered in English, academic staff is represented by faculty members from all over the world, 15% of students come from abroad, programs of student and staff mobility are being realized. DIT would be Innopolis's first Irish collaboration.
 
The final aim of the ICM project will be to develop and submit an Erasmus+ Capacity Building proposal for the February 2018 call.
 

DIT Computing, January 2017



 GETM3 - Global Entrepreneurial Talent Management 3


DIT School of Computing recently secured funding through the highly competitive Marie-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange programme for a project called "GETM3 – Global Entrepreneurial Talent Management 3". Led by Dr. Alison Pearse of Northumbria University, GETM3 is a multi-sector, multi-disciplinary 4-year project which brings together 15 industry and higher education partners from 5 countries (UK, Korea, Ireland, Poland and Slovenia). It enables a network of experienced and next generation researchers from across Europe and South Korea to spend up to a month on staff exchanges between the partners, with the ultimate aim of enhancing learning and knowledge exchange, enabling researcher development, and to create on-going and international partnerships across academic institutions and with community partners.
 
"Developing global software innovation skill sets in our Computer Science graduates has been a goal for our School for a number of years," said Dr. Deirdre Lillis, Head of School of Computing. "GETM3 provides an unique research platform of multi-sector, multi-disciplinary and international perspectives which will enable us to ensure our curricula and research are at the highest international standards."
 
"GET-ME-3 addresses a key issue in today's workforce," said Professor Michael Devereux, Director and Dean of the College of Sciences and Health in DIT, "that of integrating the expectations and energies of the so-called 'millennial' generation into more traditionally organised companies". 
 
Global Entrepreneurial Talent Management 3 - focuses on individuals, universities and small business with the aim of creating a broader understanding of entrepreneurial learning. DIT is partnering with two other Dublin-based partners,  ISME - the Irish Small to Medium Enterprise Association and Dublin City University. 
 
 
DIT staff and researchers from any discipline can become involved in GETM3 and information sessions will be organised in the coming weeks. 
 
DIT School of Computing, January 2017. For further information please contact Dr Deirdre Lillis (deirdre.lillis@dit.ie)


DT228 Students Sweep the Boards at AIB DataHack


Students from DT228 swept the boards at the recent AIB DataHack taking home first and second prize respectively. DT228 students Aidan Devlin and Shane O'Neil are now the 2016 AIB DataHack winners as they took home first prize. It was also a great day for their fellow DT228 classmates Kevin and Emmet Doyle who took home the second prize.

The DataHack is a 12 hour event open to all 3rd level students which boasts a sizeable prize fund of €8,000. The contestants competed in teams of two with the two winners receiving  €2000 and the four runners up receiving €1000.

The event itself features two separate programming competitions on the same day in the same place - a Datathon and a Hackathon. Participants  of the Datathon were tasked with solving a particular data problem whilst similarly in the Hackathon participants could build an app to promote energy efficiency and sustainability. Aidan and Shane came out overall winners in the Datathon whilst Emmet and Kevin came in 2nd place in the same competition, they were both asked to build a model to predict the energy rating of houses. The tasks were specifically designed to allow the participants to showcase their technical skills and abilities within a  collaborative and creative environment.  

Speaking about the event AIB’s Chief Operating Officer Tomas O’Midheach said

“There are likely to be plenty of employment opportunities for graduates in data analytics in the future with the government’s Expert Group on Future Skills Needs estimating c. 30,000 job openings in Big Data and analytics up to 2020.”

 This years event was hosted at AIB’s own Dublin Headquarters in Bankcentre Ballsbridge on Saturday the 12th November and featured teams from over 13 Universities and Institutues of Technology across the island of Ireland. 



Dr Luca Longo wins National Teaching Hero Award


 

‌Dr. Luca Longo, a lecturer in DIT School of Computing, has won this year's National Teaching Hero Award. DITSoC’s latest ‘Teaching Hero’ Dr Longo received his award at The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Awards ceremony in Dublin Castle. The ‘Teaching Hero’ awards honour the best of Ireland’s higher education teachers for the influence they have on the development of their students and the part they play in promoting educational excellence in higher education.

The award ceremony was presented in partnership with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), USI President Annie Hoey spoke on the night remarking: “The fact that these awards are the only student-led awards in Irish higher education underlines their authenticity and their standing within the sector. The teachers being celebrated tonight are the people behind genuine student experiences and are hugely valuable in helping to shape Ireland’s future thinking and policy on effective teaching and learning in higher education. USI congratulates all of the 2016 heroes.” 

The awards were culmination of of a campaign which has seen over 800  higher education teachers’ nominated by their own students. A number eventually whittled down to 37 ‘teaching heroes’ who were honored on the night.  Dr Longo happens to be the first Italian recipient of the prestigious award and there was much media attention from Italy present on the night including an Italian camera crew. Keynote Speakers on the night included renowned public intellectual and journalist Fintan O’Toole as well as the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton who said:

 “I congratulate all the 2016 Teaching Heroes. The Teaching Hero Awards programme is a valuable initiative that actively supports and promotes excellence in teaching. This year’s awards honour outstanding teachers who bring about exceptional learning for students, who thrive in an environment of innovation, creativity and inspiration. Teaching excellence brings out the best in both teacher and student. I wish the National Forum and USI the very best in this Awards partnership that is committed to achieving and maintaining best practice in teaching and learning in our higher education sector.” 

This is the second time a lecturer from the DIT School of Computing has won a National Teaching Hero award - Dr. Bryan Duggan won the Award in 2014. 

More information on the award is available at:

Teaching Hero Award



 CeADAR win Research Team of the Year at DatSci Awards 


CeADAR (the National Centre for Applied Data Analytics Research) has won Team of the Year for Academic Research at the inaugaral Data Science Awards.  The event which attracted over 200+ industry leaders and specialists was held at the Aviva Stadium last week.

The awards spearheaded by Next Generation Recruitment in association with CeADAR celebrated the wealth of talent in the Data Science sector in Ireland and highlighted the bright future of Data Science and its vast relevance to all Irish business - large and small. 

CeAdAR is a joint academic partnership between DIT and UCD which specialises in accelerated development and deployment of data analytics technologies such as predictive analytics, machine learning, real time analytics and visualisationFunded by Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the IDA, CeADAR  was established in November 2012 with the expressed purpose of facilitating the coming together of academic know-how and industry needs in the new and exciting field of Data Analytics.

The twenty-one finalists, who were recognised for their contributions to the field of Data Science and technology, included emerging talent within the data science community, along with progressively thinking organisations and Data Scientists within Ireland. 

On the day all of the finalists gave short video introductions into their projects. The winners were subsequently announced throughout the event.

The list of winners in each category included:

Data Scientist of the Year (Sponsored by Optum)

Winner: Dave Sheehan, AIB

Student of the Year (Sponsored by Deutsche Bank)

Winner: Kevin Brosnan, University of Limerick

Team of the Year for Academic Research (Sponsored by Dun & Bradstreet)

Winner: CeADAR

Multinational Company of the Year Award (Sponsored by Accenture Digital)

Winner: Pramerica

Indigenous Irish Company of the Year (Sponsored by Pegasus)

Winner: Corvil

Best Start-up of the Year (Sponsored by CarTrawler)

Winner:  Kinesis Health Technologies


 “This award acknowledges the great work done by the CeADAR research team at DIT, UCD and UCC and I congratulate them on their achievement”  says Sarah Jane Delany, the Principal Investigator of CeADAR at DIT.   “It recognises the team as key academic contributors in the field of Data Science in Ireland.”

Ticket sales for the awards will go to a scholarship fund to give a deserving Data Scientist the chance to fulfill a Masters programme in Data Science/Business Analytics commencing during the academic year of 2017/2018.

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For more information on the DatSci Awards or to keep up to date on the scholarship programme, please visit www.datsciawards.ie or follow @DatSciAwards

For more information on CeADAR please visit ( ceadar.ie. ) or follow@CeADARIreland


DIT School of Computing September 29th 2016, For more information contact Peter Manifold (peter.manifold@dit.ie)‌



Delegation from Kyungpook National University visit DIT


A delegation from Kyungpook National University (KNU) recently visited DIT as part of a week long tour of Ireland. The visit is part of an ongoing partnership between the two institutions which has seen staff and student exchanges both here in Dublin and in Daegu, South Korea.

The visit comes in conjunction with DIT securing €1million in funding for the School’s Hublinked partnership, of which KNU is a major partner. Hublinked is a joint project featuring educational institutes and industry partners in major ICT regions across both Europe and South Korea. The project aims to strengthen Europe’s software innovation capacity by exchanging knowledge from different ICT regions across the globe including that of Daegu. The new partnership also includes funding under the Erasmus+ Action 107 which will provides scholarships to both staff and students of KNU and DIT for future exchanges.   

DITSoC’s  partnership with KNU goes back to 2013 and began with the highly successful GlobalWorkIT Project. GlobalWorkIT, an ongoing colloboration, is both a cultural as well as an educational project that has linked three partner colleges in Europe with their counterparts in Korea.

The experiences captured from this EU-ICI project (e.g. innovative curricula, new teaching methods, real world case studies etc.)  will inform the development of a new internationalised computer science curriculum or KEDDIT based on the already existing joint European Double Degree in Computer Science.

The recent visit to Ireland is just part of this continuing relationship between education and industry partners in both Ireland and Korea, a relationship it is hoped will be secured in the long term with the announcement of the new Hublinked Partnership.

 DIT Computing September 2016



 

Brendan Tierney Releases new ORE Book


DIT lecturer and ACE Oracle Director Brendan Tierney is set to offcially release his third book entitled 'Oracle R Enterprise' at the 2016 Oracle OpenWorld Conference in San Francisco. . It’s been a busy month for Brendan who’s second book 'Real World SQL and PL’  was only recently released on the 22 August, that’s two books in the space of a month! Brendan’s latest book is described as a companion piece to his first bookPredictive Analytics using Oracle Data Miner’ and means he now has a set of books each covering the different components of the Oracle Advanced Analytics option.

The book which is actually released today is published by Oracle Press and is ideally suited to anyone starting out with Oracle R Enterprise (ORE) or has a familiarity with it and may want find out how to incorporate it with other products such as APEX, OBIEE, Hadoop and Spark. The book shows the reader how to effectively incorporate Oracle R Enterprise features in APEX applications, OBIEE dashboards, and Apache Hadoop systems.

On top of this the reader will also learn to:

 • Install, configure, and administer Oracle R Enterprise • Establish connections and move data to the database • Create Oracle R Enterprise packages and functions • Use the R language to work with data in Oracle Database • Build models using ODM, ORE, and other algorithms • Develop and deploy R scripts and use the R script repository • Execute embedded R scripts and employ ORE SQL API functions • Map and manipulate data using Oracle R Advanced Analytics for Hadoop • Use ORE in Oracle Data Miner, OBIEE, and other applications.

Speaking on the books publication Director of Oracle Ireland John Donnelly described it as:

a valuable resource for any data scientist who wants to use the R language with the Oracle Database. It demonstrates very well the many features of Oracle R Enterprise, from performing simple analytics to utilising the many performance features of the Oracle Database, allowing you to work with all your datasets - Big or small.”

Describing Brendan as “an expert in this field”  Charlie Berger senior director of Oracle Advanced Analytics and Machine Learning said readers of the book can expect to “learn how to leverage R and reduce model development and enterprise model deployment from days/weeks to minutes/hours!”

Brendans two new books will be officially released at this weeks Open Oracle World (OOW) Conference in San Francisco where Brendan will be appearing to sign copies. If you can’t attend and also wish to to get a signed copy Brendan is also contactable via his twitter handle @brendantierney.

The book is also available to buy on Amazon, where you can also find Brendan previous publications:

Oracle R Enterprise

Real World SQL and PL

Predictive Analytics using Oracle Data Miner

 

DIT Computing September 2016



DT228 Student wins Global Undergraduate Award


 

Tomas Higgins, BSc in Computer Science at DIT and Global winner of Undergraduate Award

DT228 student Tomas Higgins has won the prestigious Global Undergraduate Award for 2016 in the Computer Science category. Tomas was one of just nine undergraduates worldwide who were Highly Commended in the Computer Science category.  The title of his award-winning submission was “Identifying Mood by Analysing Keystroke Dynamics”.  

To make the shortlist means you are not just at the top of your field in Ireland but are at the top of your field globally as the shortlist itself included students from Durham University and Nanyang Technological University amongst others. Tomas follows on from DT228 graduates Deirdre Corr and Sanita Tientale who were both nominated in the Computer Science category last year.

Tomas was also the recepient of one of the top prizes at the Schools Project Fair in April taking home the most Innovative use of Open Data Award.

Tomas Higgins receiving the 'most innovative use of Open Data' Award at the School's Project Fair

The list of 2016 winners was announced yesterday and the presentation of awards will take place in November at the Undergraduate Awards Global Summit in Dublin.

For More Information Visit: Undergraduate Awards

 

DIT School of Computing, September 2016.



School of Computing secures €1m ErasmusPlus Knowledge Alliance




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Dublin Institute of Technology is the first Irish higher education institution to be awarded one of the EU's prestigious Knowledge Alliance projects under Erasmus+ for a project entitled 
 
"HubLinked: Strengthening Europe's Software Innovation Capacity"
 
DIT is one of just 20 European institutions to receive this award in the 2016 call.

According to Dr. Deirdre Lillis, Head of the DIT School of Computing, HubLinked aims to enhance innovation, participation and sharing of knowledge in the ICT sector. “The goal of HubLinked is to strengthen Europe’s software innovation capacity by learning from regions of proven ICT strength and sharing that knowledge with all regions. As the lead organisation, DIT will be working with our HubLinked academic and industry partners to achieve a number of key outcomes – for example, to improve the effectiveness of University-Industry linkages between computer science faculty and all companies; to develop global software innovators who can work in any sector; to increase the participation of females in the ICT sector; and to upskill academic and industry staff to collaborate in software innovation.”

The HubLinked partnership includes seven large, industry-focused computer science faculties in Europe and four industry partners which represent large multinationals, SMEs in both the software and other sectors and start-up companies.   Partners in Ireland include SAP SSC (Ireland) and ISME – the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association.
 
Dr. Lillis said “In addition to the four major industry partners, each higher education partner has an extensive network of industry partners and campus incubation units. We estimate the HubLinked partnership can directly reach over 3,000 companies, 12,000 students and 400 staff during the lifetime of the project. HubLinked will create a network of European ICT professionals that will increase the innovation capacity and competitiveness of European software hubs and help underpin education, research, innovation, trade and economic development for years to come”
HubLinked deliverables include
 
·         Practical guidelines for effective University-Industry linkages
 
·         the CSI4 curriculum framework for industry-oriented, internationalised, innovation-focused and interdisciplinary computer science degrees
 
·         four Global Labs modules whereby students turn real-world problems from any sector into ‘experience-appropriate’ prototypes
 
·         A portal of study and placement opportunities for students in major international software hubs
 
·         An online professional development for academic and industry staff 
 
·         The HubLinked Association with a partner from each EU country.

  

HubLinked Partners include:-

 

·         Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)

 

·         University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt (Germany)

 

·         Telecom Sud-Paris (France)

 

·         University of Applied Sciences Oulu (Finland)

 

·         Mälardalen University (Sweden)

 

·         University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

 

·         SAP SSC (Ireland)  

 

·         Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (Ireland)

 

·         Eurocrea Merchant (Italy)

 

·         European Business Network (Belgium)

 

·         Kyungpook University (Korea)
 
 
DIT School of Computing, September 2016. For further information please contact Dr Deirdre Lillis (deirdre.lillis@dit.ie)

 

ENSSAT Lannion Summer School


The School of Computing recently hosted the ENSSAT Lannion Summer School. Now running into its second year the week long course is a joint colloboration between Dubin Institute of Technology and ENSSAT (École Nationale Supérieure des Sciences Appliquées et de Technologie) Lannion a well renowned Engineering School affiliated with the University of Rennes in Brittany. 

As part of the colloboration Students from the ENSSAT Lannion School come to DIT Kevin Street and undertake a week long intensive course in Data Analytics and Machine Learning. The course is presented  and lectured by Dr. John Kelleher from the DIT School of Computing. Throughout the week 18 students from the ENSSAT graduate school took part in an intensive schedule which featured topics related to Data Analytics and Machine Learning.  The course introduced the students to predictive modelling, the tasks associated with assessing data quality, a range of machine learning algorithms used to build predictive models, and the methodologies and metrics used to evaluate predictive models.

Throughout the course the students worked in teams with each team assigned a different data analytics problem which they were tasked with solving together. The course finished with each team presenting their work, including the models they built throughout the week. 

DIT School of Computing, April 2016. For further information please contact John Kelleher (john.kelleher@dit.ie)



 

Meeting with Korean Ambassador


Dr. Michael Collins, Lecturer and Lead Project Manager of the EU funded ICI-Korea student mobility scholarship programme was joined by Mr. Paul Bourke on a recent visit to Korea where they were invited to meet the Irish Ambassador to Korea, Mrs. Aingeal O'Donoghue and the Deputy Ambassador, Mr. David Murphy. Dr. Collins briefed the ambassador and her staff about the programme and presented her with a gift. Four students from the School of Computing were among a student group who are spending the Spring semester studying in Korea as part of this scholarship also attended. They are Paul Good, Robert Fitzsimons, Jackie Lo and Wiktor Gdowski. The programme involves three EU institutions (DIT, University of Darmstadt, Germany & University of Oulu, Finland) as well as three Korean institutions (Soongsil University, Hanyang University and Kyungpook National University)

 DIT School of Computing, April 2016. For further information please contact Michael Collins (michael.collins@dit.ie)



 

Students Learning With Communities Awards


A big congratulations to all out students who were presented with Students Learnin With Communities Awards on Tuesday. The awards were held in St. Laurences Church Grangegorman aim to commend students who have excelled in working with DIT's Community Partners

Students Learning With Communities involves DIT staff and/or students collaborating with under-served community partners (local groups, not-for-profit organisations, charities etc) to develop real-life projects for mutual benefit.

Students receiving certificates included Damien Glyn, Andrei Botnari, Liuri Loami and Joao Victor Teixeira who were awarded 'Best Engagement with User Centred Design' at the recent Students Learning with Communities Awards. Over the past year they have worked with our Community Partners St John of Gods (Liffey Region) to design and implement a much more secure, usable and accessible login system.

Laura McGovern also received an award and was commended with 'Best User Experience'. In conjunction with or Community Partners at St John of Gods Menni Services Laura developed Sobot : a robot based language development app for young non verbal communicators.

Mark Naylor also worked with St John of Gods Menni Services and was commended with 'Best Innovative use of technology to enhance user experience' for his project which developed 'A predictive Augmentative and Alternative Communication App for young non-verbal communicators.'

Over the past year the School has colloborated with our Community Partners, who include St John of God Menni Services and Wells for Zoe. The Awards were also an opportunity to commend both staff and the community partners to be recognised for their roles and their inputs into the various projects. The School has worked closely with comunity partner Orlagh Gregory from St John of Gods who outlined specific projects that could be undertaken by our students. Members of staff working in the projects this year include Damian Bourke, Paul Bourke, Sarah Boland, Bianca Schoen-Phelan, Cathy Ennis, Damian Gordon, Jonathan McCarthy, Leslie Shoemaker, Pat Browne and John Gilligan.

 

DIT School of Computing, March 2016. For further information please contact Damian Bourke (damian.bourke@dit.ie) or John Gilligan (john.gilligan.@dit.ie)



 Seminar with Female Undergraduates


Dr. Susan McKeever and Dr. Patricia O'Byrne recently held a lunchtime Seminar with our female undergraduate students. With recent drives to encourage more female representation within the STEM and Computer Science subjects it was felt a vital voice was missing from this conversation and this was the female students themselves. The hour long seminar held over coffee and sandwiches threw up some interesting ideas and the experience of being a female computer science student was openly discussed. 

Many of the students, who came from a whole range of courses and years, had not met each other up until the event. Over the space of an hour a genuine sense of camrederie developed and it was suggested that the event should now become a bi-annual occurence.

DIT School of Computing, March 2016. For further information please contact Peter Manifold (peter.manifold@dit.ie)



 

How to flip a classroom! 


 

Most of us have tried to flip a pancake at some time in our lives. The more adventurous may have flipped a somersault, or maybe even a dive, but if you ever wanted to know how to flip an entire classroom, check out the following from DIT's School of Computing:- http://tinyurl.com/hs7c2qp

In 2013, the DIT School of Computing embarked on an ambitious five year project to incorporate online Flipped Classrooms as a core part of its programmes. A suite of modules on Cloud Computing, Programming, Algorithms and Computer Technology are now available in this format. A Global Classroom is being delivered for the fourth time this year, where teams of international students from Dublin, Korea, Finland and Germany work together across timezones on a software development project, mimicking the experience of working in a major ICT multinational. 

'Feedback from learners has been very positive,' said Brian Gillespie, project manager for the School of Computing's Flexible Learning strategy. 'We've managed to mix the flexibility of online delivery for theoretical material, and preserved the face-to-face contact with the lecturer in the practical labs, which is providing a much better learning experience overall'.

'It's not without its challenges,' says Peter Manifold, the instructional designer who helps academic staff produce the online content. 'It takes lecturers a while to become comfortable with how they look and sound and adapt their own style to the format'

Further modules in Databases, Object Oriented Programming, Machine Learning and Team Computing are planned for September 2016. 

 

DIT School of Computing, 22nd February 2016. For further information please contact Brian Gillespie (brian.x.gillespie@dit.ie) or Peter Manifold (peter.manifold@dit.ie)



 Do Androids Dream of Electric Fish? 


 

Simulating the DEEP in Virtual reality.

 

People have kept goldfish as pets for centuries. And for good reasons - many studies have shown the therapeutic and stress relieving benefits of watching fish swim in their mesmerising patterns. 

DEEP is a modern twist to the idea. Breathing controllers and virtual reality headsets replace handheld controls in a new virtual reality adventure game developed by researchers in DIT. Instead of defending the planet against aliens or shooting up the bad guys, players must relax their breathing to observe the beautiful patterns made by shoals of fish and dolphins as they explore their environment. 
 
Modelling the behaviour of underwater creatures, from the lowly sardine to the mighty whale, is a surprisingly difficult computational problem however.
 
"The behaviours and animations for schools of fish and dolphins is an exceptional computer science challenge," says Dr. Bryan Duggan from DIT's School of Computing, who worked on the game with Owen Harris from DIT's School of Media. "DEEP required the simulation of hundreds of creatures swimming around and interacting with their environment in real time, all at the high frame rates required for virtual reality."
 
 
 
DEEP has already been experienced by thousands of people at the Amaze Festival in Berlin, the CineKid Festival in Amsterdam and the DOK Festival in Leipzig (where it won the audience prize). DEEP will also be on display at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April 2016. 
 
Are they alive? You decide! 
 
DIT School of Computing, 23rd February 2016. For further information please contact bryan.duggan@dit.ie or owen.harris@dit.ie
 


 DIT Women in Science meet with President Higgins


 
With a predicted 50,000 job vacancies predicted for the Information Technology sector in Ireland by 2017, why is it so few females consider IT as a career? Out of almost 118,000 people working in the Science, Engineering and Technology sectors in Ireland, just a quarter are women. It's a complex problem which relates to the way work is structured, public perceptions of gender roles and even gender discrimination. There are no easy answers but none the less it is a problem that needs to be addressed for the sustainability of the IT sector here.
 
In an inspirational speech on the eve of St. Brigid's Day at Áras an Uachtaráin for Women in Science, President Higgins remarked that
 
"Women today can choose the subjects and careers they wish to pursue, make their unique and vital inputs at this challenging moment in human history, when scientific research is presenting us with new possibilities to address great challenges"*.
 
President Higgins also signalled the important role that women in Science and Technology can play in addressing the great challenges of our time. 
 
"The contribution of women in science is all the more valuable as we work to locate science within a paradigm of sustainability. That is emphasised in the challenges set to us by issues such as climate change, global hunger and environmental degradation.'
 
'Industry is crying out for female Computing graduates because of the perspective and balance they bring to their teams. Female students outperform their male counterparts on average and a Computing degree is a great career choice for females. ' Dr. Deirdre Lillis, Head of Computer Science in DIT says. She also noted that 'Having seen a decade of promotional and marketing campaigns that had limited effects, I believe what's needed to make a breakthrough are initiatives which have more teeth - including fundamental curriculum reform and perhaps even quota-based places for females on computing programmes'. 
 
 
DIT School of Computing is active in many initiatives to encourage female participation in Computer Science including an annual Computing Academy for transition year students, a Women in Computing event for female transition year students and a programme of School visits which runs throughout the year. 
Dr. Susan McKeever, programme chair for DIT's flagship BSc in Computer Science progrmame said that "Right now, female school leavers don't see a place for themselves on Computing programmes. They don't feel that they will fit in or have that sense of belonging that is so influential for young people when making their CAO choices.  There will be no sea change in female participation until we change that.  We now need to offer programmes that specifically spark the interest of female students - and that allow them to see how they can belong, contribute and excel.  Interestingly, the females who do take our programmes punch far above their weight on results. Just last year, from a small number of females, two of them won prizes at the Irish Undergraduate Awards for Computer Science, with one of them being the outright national winner.  There is so much potential there that we can build on".
 
DIT School of Computing, 5th February 2016. For further information please contact Deirdre.Lillis@dit.ie orSusan.McKeever@dit.ie.
 


 

DT228 Graduate Wins Top Award for Sleep Apnoea Detection System


 

Two graduates of our DT228 course, Deirdre Corr and Sanita Tifentale have both been honoured at the prestigious Undergraduate Awards in the Computer Science Category.  Sanita was highly commended for her project  on a system to monitor the power consumption of home electronic devices. Deirdre Corr came out on top in the Computer Science category as the ‘Overall Winner’ for her project on a Sleep Apnoea Detection System.

Both of these students have fought off considerable competition to win these awards.  To make the shortlist means you are not just at the top of your field in Ireland but are at the top of your field globally as the shortlist itself includes students from Durham University, St Andrews,  Australian National University, Manchester University and Nayang Technological University.


Deirdre Corr 

 

 

 

Winner of the Irish Undergraduate Awards for

 

Sleep Apnoea Detection System

 

 


 

 

Sanita Tifentale

 

 

 

Highly Commended Undergraduate Award for

 

System to monitor the power consumption of home electronic devices

 


 

Congratulating the students on their outstanding achievement Professor Brian Norton said "These students have already excelled in their studies with us, and this Award confirms the quality of their work.  I heartily congratulate them, not only on their awards but also for putting their work forward for review as part of the very prestigious Undergraduate Awards.  I also congratulate colleagues who have mentored and encouraged them to do so and I hope many more DIT students will do so in the future."

Deirdre and Sanita were already both recepients of top prizes at the Schools recent Project Fair back in April of this year taking home the most Innovative Software Engineering Project and Best Overall Project respectively.  The recent commendations by the Undergraduate Awards is a further testament of the overall quality of both their projects. To have one student on the shortlist would itself be a great success for the school and a testament to the quality of the  DT228 course, but to have two DT228 students on the shortlist and an eventual winner is a major triumph.

Computer Science is a domain that suffers from lack of gender diversity with considerably more males than females taking undergraduate programmes. Deirdre and Sanita’s achievements are all the more interesting, when this is considered and they are an example to all aspiring students- male and female – of what can be achieved in this field.  We are all very proud of their achievements here at the School of Computing.


The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s only pan-discipline academic awards programme that identifies leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework. It is in operation across the island of Ireland since 2009, and became a global programme in 2011.  It aims to recognise the best students in the world and to connect them to one another so as to encourage inter-disciplinary cooperation that transcends borders. This year the Undergraduate Awards 2015 programme received 5,117 submissions from undergraduates in 255 universities across 39 countries.

All the Winners and Highly Commended Entrants are now invited to receive their Gold Medals and meet their fellow awardees at the annual UA Global Summit, taking place in Dublin, Ireland on November 10th-13th. The Summit will be addressed by philosopher AC Grayling, physicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, photographer Giles Dudley, human genome sequencer Craig Venter, and the world’s youngest professor Dr. Alia Sabur, among many more speakers and facilitators.


For More Info:

http://www.undergraduateawards.com/

 

DIT School of Computing, November 2015.


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