Friday, 3 December 2021

School of Computer Science is very pleased to welcome back Prof. Ed Curry, who is taking up his new role as Director of the Data Science Institute.  Ed was a former lecturer in the School and did his PhD here with the School also.  Ed rejoined NUI Galway on December 1st, from NUI Maynooth where he had been Professor in the Hamilton Institute. Ed played a leading role in the SFI Insight centre within DSI, as he will continue to do now on his return.  

Friday, 3 December 2021

Following the recent round of lecturer vacancies, the School of Computer Science is delighted to welcome it's newest member of academic faculty, Dr Ihsan Ullah. Dr Ihsan worked as postdoc in Computer Science and DSI for several years. More recently, he has been working in UCD in the CeADAR research centre.  Dr Ihsan Ullah's biography:  Dr. Ihsan Ullah did his Ph.D. in the University of Milan, specializing in designing lightweight deep neural network architectures with the pyramidal approach. He has more than nine years of research and development experience in applying Deep Learning to a variety of images, video, text, and time-series recognition problems while working with renowned labs in the US (Computational Vision and Geometry Lab at Stanford University), Europe (at CVPR Lab at the University of Naples Parthenope, Italy), and the Middle East (Visual Computing Lab in King Saud University, Saudi Arabia). Before joining the School of Computer Science in NUI Galway, he was a Senior Research Data Scientist in CeADAR Ireland's Centre for Applied AI in University College Dublin where he was the head of the Special Projects group and was actively involved in applying for various national and international fundings e.g., Horizon Europe, SFI, EI. Prior to that, he worked in NUI Galway as a Senior Postdoc, Adjunct Lecturer, and Project Manager of the H2020 project ‘ROCSAFE’. He also worked as a Postdoc at INSIGHT Research Centre in NUI Galway and Research Engineer in Prosa Srl Italy. Currently, his main areas of research interest are in designing lightweight deep learning models, computer vision and Pattern Recognition, explainable AI, federated learning, and differential privacy. He is an invited member of the National Standards Authority of Ireland prestigious ‘Top Team” on setting the national Standards in AI, and he is a steering committee member of Oblivious.ai.

Friday, 12 November 2021

The School of Computer Science recently ran a very successful virtual Computer Science Experience Day for Transition Year students in county Galway, on Friday October 22nd, 2021. This event was funded through the HEA ICT Camps initiative.  347 students took part in this year’s virtual event, from 8 different Galway (both city and county) schools, with essentially a 50/50 breakdown between male and female participation (50.1% Males and 49.9% Females).   On the day students participated in 4 workshop sessions which covered Visual Design, Web Programming, 3D Modeling and AI Music. Students had opportunities to submit mini projects throughout the day.  The event was organised by Karen Young in collaboration with the School Admin team (Anne Kinneen, Deirdre King and Ger Healy), one of our Technical Officers (Joe O’Connell), 7 other members of academic staff (Enda Howley, Josephine Griffith, Attracta Brennan, Sam Redfern, Frank Glavin, James McDermott and Adrian Clear), and 4 student ambassadors from the School of Computer Science. 

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Dr. Sam Redfern, Lecturer in the School of Computer Science was interviewed by twinkle.ie in recent months. In the interview which is available at the link below Sam gives his thoughts on why coding is an important skill for young children.   https://www.twinkl.ie/blog/why-coding-is-an-important-skill-for-children 

Thursday, 11 November 2021

The Times Higher Education world university rankings for 2022 were recently released and in the subject of Computer Science, NUI Galway is ranked joint top in Ireland, along with UCD and TCD.  All three are in the 201-250 band.  World University Rankings 2022 by subject: computer science | Times Higher Education (THE)

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

A team led by an NUI Galway academic which predicted three years ago the risk of a global pandemic was “greater now than every before” has been awarded €10 million to help develop robust systems to respond to future pandemics.  Such systems include resource-modelling tools, for example, predicting the quantity of personal protective equipment (PPE) needed or beds that would be required. This aspect of Pandem-2’s research will be led by Prof Jim Duggan of the School of Computer Science in NUIG. His team will develop a resource modelling tool, Pandem-Cap, which will be an IT dashboard for resource modelling. “It will host pandemic-relevant data from across Europe,” said Prof Duggan. “It will help pandemic managers to build capacity and develop operational strategy for any future pandemic that may arise.” "it’s an exciting collaboration between the School of Medicine, the School of Computer Science, and the Data Science Institute, and our 18 other partners across Europe. I also like to acknowledge the contributions and roles of colleagues Paul Buitelaar and Conor Hayes, who are also working on data analytics innovations for PANDEM-2. "  Full article available from the Irish Times Video Promo    

Thursday, 28 January 2021

Two NUI Galway students have been awarded scholarships by multinational technology company Intel as part of its programme to encourage the next generation of high-achieving women. The successful students are Eimear McDonnell, from Westport, Co Mayo, in third year BSc Environmental Health and Safety and Emily Metadjer, from Shrule, Co Mayo, in second year BSc Computer Science and Information Technology. The Intel Women in Technology scholarship programme aims to encourage a new generation of high-achieving women to take up the challenge of a career in science and technology and to empower them by fostering educational opportunities. Professor Michael Madden, Head of NUI Galway’s School of Computer Science, said: “We are delighted that Emily has secured this scholarship. We are very keen to support young women, as they are under-represented in the field of Computer Science nationally and internationally. As well as the financial award, the scholarship includes mentoring, which is valuable for nurturing the talent of young women and helping them to achieve their high potential.” Eimly Metadjer said: “"I am extremely grateful to have received this scholarship from Intel, one of the foremost tech companies in the world. This is not just a huge opportunity for me personally, but this scholarship is extremely important to help bridge the gender gap in computer science and to encourage and enable women in technology.” The Intel Women in Technology scholarship program offers a monetary grant, valued at €3,000 per annum, as well as opportunities for work placements at the Intel Leixlip and Shannon campuses. Each scholar is also assigned a mentor who is an Intel employee to assist and provide advice on managing their academic career. Since the Intel Women in Technology scholarship program began 15 years ago, it has supported 129 students and a total of €1,675,000 has been invested in the initiative to date. Related Press release on Intel newsroom Press release on Engineers Ireland