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Recognising Excellence in Information Technology

Winning projects span a wide range of fascinating topics, reflecting the diversity of research and career opportunities for graduates of Information Technology.
For example, Stephen Lenihan (from Cong, Co. Mayo) a graduate of the B.Sc. in Information Technology developed a software system that uses Genetic Algorithms to generate Sudoku puzzles. The algorithms were used both to generate the puzzles and to create varying difficulties by reducing the number of initial numbers given.
On a more practical application, Steven Connolly (from Achill, Co. Mayo), Thomas Mitchell & Andrew Sweeney (both from Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim), all students in the M.Sc. in Software Design and Development, used web and smart phone technologies to develop an innovative mobile application that allows users to get map based directions for specific locations on campus, find friends and timetabled events, and receive point of interest alerts as they walk around the campus.
For those with an interest in creating music, James Tomkins (from Galway City) and Jonathan Lynch (from Tullamore, Co. Offaly), both graduates of the B.A. in Information Technology created a MIDI based music tutor. This novel software application generates sheet music, which is played by user using a MIDI instrument and the program then provides feedback on the user’s performance. Information Technology is central to the development of the Smart Economy in Ireland. It is a breeding ground for entrepreneurs and attracts the kind of creative people who want to invent and promote technology based products and services. At NUI Galway, students of the B.Sc. in Information Technology study Professional Skills and Business Planning as part of their core academic work. Each year a special Entrepreneurship Prize is awarded for the students who produce the best business plan. These plans are evaluated by external business experts from WestBIC. This year the prize was awarded to Sean Herald (from Belfast), for his “Heat Tech” idea – a Carbon Monoxide monitoring device with Bluetooth/SMS interface to alert a home user if their central heating boiler is operating inefficiently or dangerously.

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News last updated : Friday 29th October 2010