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NUI Galway Award Winners Create Technologies of the Future

Interactive Policy Simulators for Urban Dynamics, Web Visualisation of Weather Station Data, Smartphone systems to help you get your morning or afternoon coffee without queues!
These are just some of the exciting new technologies that graduates of the Information Technology discipline at NUI Galway have won awards for recently.
Prizes were awarded to students who excelled in their projects, which span a wide range of fascinating topics, reflecting the diversity of research and career opportunities for graduates of Information Technology.


Professor Gerry Lyons, Professor of Information Technology and Dean of the College of Engineering & Informatics at NUI Galway also welcomed Cisco Systems as the corporate sponsor for Best Projects in the Information Technology degree programmes. “We believe this is a strong endorsement of the commercial relevance of our degree programmes, and underlines our commitment to innovation, professionalism and research at NUI Galway. We place a huge emphasis on Final Year Project work,” he said. He added: “These projects are a proving-ground for research and commercial business opportunities. Partnering with a blue-chip global company like Cisco gives students the added motivation and ambition to deliver excellent work.”

Terry Lyons from Circular Road, Galway, a graduate of the B.Sc. in Information Technology developed a software system that involved the design and implementation of a computer game to model an urban environment. The key contributions included a mathematical modelling engine encompassing continuous and Markov equations and a Game Engine architecture based on Microsoft XNA technology. Terry was awarded the Best Project in the B.Sc. in Information Technology, sponsored by Cisco System.


On a completely different type of application, Colin Divily from Corofin, Co Galway and Naomi Ono, originally from Japan, both students in the HDip / M.Sc. in Software Design and Development, implemented a website visualising the current weather conditions in Galway using real-time weather data collected by a weather station setup by the Informatics Research Unit for Sustainable Energy (IRUSE) who were collaborators on the project. The two students were awarded the Best Project in the H.Dip / M.Sc. in Software Design & Development, sponsored by Cisco Systems.


For those with an interest in classical and vintage cars, Patrick O’Toole from Moycullen, Co Galway and Mark Shaw from Tuam, Co Galway, both graduates of the B.A. in Information Technology created a Classic Car website. This includes a database that provides information on various manufacturers of classic cars and the various models available etc. In addition, users can place cars for sale and view cars already available on the website.





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 John Farrell from Ballaghadeerreen, Co Roscommon, Luke Potter from Abbeyknockmoy, Co Galway and Ernestas Lisauska from Galway for their “Hey Expresso” system. This system comprises a smartphone application and related server that allows users to pre-order and pre-pay for their morning coffee and therefore avoid the queues!

Description of Winning Projects

For further information, please contact:
Dr Des Chambers, B.Sc. (Computer Science & IT) Programme Director, des.chambers@nuigalway.ie, 091 493311;
or Ms Tina Earls, Executive Assistant in Information Technology, tina.earls@nuigalway.ie, 091 493143.

News last updated : Thursday 3rd November 2011