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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
Monday, 11 March 2019
Two NUIG Computing "Solve-IT" teams participated at the ACM Irish Collegiate Programming Contest (IrlCPC) in UCC on Saturday 09/03/2019. This is the 10th year of the competition and on the day the team were given 10 problems to solve, code and test in 4 hours! The two teams are pictured here at the registration desk in UCC: Patrick Dorrian, Donal Kelly, Alan Flaherty, Lochlann O'Regan, Jack Lynch and Sachi Sinha. Well done everyone on participating! https://acm.ucc.ie/irlcpc.html
Thursday, 28 February 2019
A student at NUI Galway was one of five winners at the prestigious Techfugees Global Challenge competition. Suad Al Darra, an MSc student in Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Informatics at the University, won the award for her ‘Refugees Are’ project. Refugees Are is a platform designed to analyse negative narratives published globally about refugees. Conor Hayes, Programme Director of the MSc in Data Analytics at NUI Galway, said: “Suad fashioned an award-winning data analytics project on a subject that is hugely relevant to the experiences of her own family and to the many other displaced families and people in the world. "We are very proud of her and delighted that she could achieve this while a student at NUI Galway.” https://irishtechnews.ie/computer-science-student-a-winner-at-techfugees-global-challenge-competition/ https://www.galwaydaily.com/news/galway-computer-science-student-wins-prestigious-global-award/ http://www.it.nuigalway.ie/engineering-informatics/information-technology/prospectivestudents/msccomputersciencedataanalytics/index.html/
Thursday, 17 January 2019
The National University of Ireland Galway seeks to recruit three excellent candidates for new roles as we expand and grow our Computer Science and Data Analytics capabilities: Lecturer in Computer Science (Below the Bar), Permanent Post – apply by 26 Feb 2019 Two Lecturers in Computer Science (Below the Bar), Fixed Term Posts – apply by 12 Feb 2019 For further details on these job opportunities please visit our
Sunday, 1 July 2018
Job Opportunities: Established Professor of Data Analytics and Two Lecturers in Computer Science The National University of Ireland Galway seeks to recruit three excellent candidates for new roles as we expand and grow our Computer Science and Data Analytics capabilities: Established Professor of Data Analytics, in the College of Engineering and Informatics and attached to the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway Two new Full-Time Permanent Lecturers in Computer Science
Monday, 6 November 2017
Graduates of the Discipline of Information Technology were honoured at an awards ceremony, which took place in IT 202 on Friday, October 20th, 2017. Five awards were presented to IT students who excelled in their field at undergraduate and postgraduate level. In attendance was Sean Kyne TD, Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development, Professor Peter McHugh, Dean of the College of Engineering and Informatics, and Dr Michael Schukat, Head of Discipline of Information Technology. Company representatives from CISCO, Fidelity Investments and WestBIC presented the awards, in recognition of student achievement. The 2017 winners are: CISCO award for Best Final Year Project BSc Computer Science and Information Technology Winners: Alexandru Locodi and Darren King CISCO award for Best Group Project HDip Software Design and Development Winners: Kieran Cummins, Ciaran Gallagher and George Greenslade. Fidelity Investments Best Student of the Year Award BSc Computer Science and Information Technology Winner: Dylan Kelly WestBIC Innovation Award BSc Computer Science and Information Technology Winners: Caroline Richardson, Daniel Beggan, David Philbin, Nicole Ferry Best Final Year Project BA Information Technology Winners; Conor Flynn and Fiachra Coyne Speaking at the event, Dr Michael Schukat said: “I want to give special thanks to our company sponsors, CISCO, Fidelity Investments and WestBIC. Their willingness to support our students, from our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, is very much appreciated and is testament to the close relationship we have with industry. We want to continue to expand our community and industry engagement, and it is events such as this that continue to bring us together. “As award winners, you have displayed your ability for innovation, excellence and commitment to your education. The diversity of your projects reflects the ever changing demands of computer science and information technology. “You are at the forefront of your field. From game theory, machine learning and image recognition, to the very latest in mobile apps - you have already made key advances in these specialised areas through your research – which we acknowledge today. “With recognition comes both opportunity and responsibility. You have a responsibility to yourself to thrive in your specialised area, whether through a rewarding career, or through further study. “You have the opportunity to say you are an award winner at NUI, Galway – a recognition of excellence that cannot be taken away from you – and will be acknowledged by companies and colleges at home and abroad. “As Head of the Discipline of IT, I want to thank you especially for choosing to study with us here, and wish you the very best of luck in the future.”
Monday, 6 November 2017
NUI, Galway graduate, Dylan Kelly won a top prize at the IT awards ceremony, held on October 20th 2017 in the IT building. Dylan scooped the Fidelity Investments Best Student of the Year award for his diligent work throughout his BSc in Computer Science and Information Technology. Dylan achieved outstanding academic results throughout the degree programme and received the highest marks overall in the graduating class of 2017. He is currently studying an MSc in Artificial Intelligence at Edinburgh University, involving machine learning and probabilistic modelling/reasoning courses. The Best Student of the Year award was presented to Dylan by Ann Roddy of Fidelity Investments. Speaking about Dylan’s achievement, Programme Director of the BSc in Computer Science and Information Technology, Dr Des Chambers said: “Dylan was a great student who achieved outstanding grades throughout the course. He is a very deserving winner of this award. I want to wish him well with what I am sure will be a very bright future.” Photo Caption: Fidelity Investments Best Student of the Year award L-R: Professor Peter McHugh Dean of CoEI, Dylan Kelly, Ann Roddy Fidelity Investments, Dr Michael Schukat, Head of Discipline of Information Technology. Photo by Aengus McMahon
Tuesday, 3 July 2018
On Friday last, over 30 second level students attended this year’s annual CS&IT Summer School in NUI Galway, where they were treated to a host of guest lectures and workshop activities across a range of exciting themes. Academic Coordinator Dr. Enda Howley said “the annual event was another major success, with a wide range of schools in the region in attendance from Counties Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, Louth and Carlow. We always look forward to the opportunity of welcoming second level students onto the campus and giving them a sense of university life alongside the huge potential of studying Computer Science. The job opportunities are limitless and industry employers simply cannot get enough software developers at the moment. Young people see this as a career that offers huge opportunities to achieve the ultimate work life balance, with endless opportunities to control the trajectory of your career around your own circumstances. We enthusiasm and energy of these mostly Transition Year students is almost infectious and we are already looking forward to our 2019 Summer School”. One of the many highlights throughout the day involved the recurring theme of Artificial Intelligence and how it is directly contributing to our daily lives across a range of applications. Students were shown how our students are leading the way in developing the next generation of AI related applications which can transform how we interact with technology. The benefits of training as a programmer, and software development professional is clearly one of the most crucial career paths open to the next generation as we require more and more expertise in in so many aspects of society. A large number of prizes were distributed throughout the day for a range of fun and interactive activities. The Summer School was organised by staff and students in the Discipline of Information Technology, which included Dr. Enda Howley, Ms Tina Earls, Mr Karl Mason, Ms Rachael Shaw and Ms Fionnuala O’Malley. Dr Josephine Griffith and Dr. Des Chambers hosted a hugely popular interactive Q&A session on applying to university via the CAO and options for studying CS&IT at NUI Galway. Photograph: Some of the attendees at this this years CS&IT Summer School in NUI Galway. Photograph: Some of the attendees at this this years CS&IT Summer School in NUI Galway receiving their prizes. Left to Right: Karen Kelly, Glenamaddy; Conor Glynn, Caherlistrane; Eimhin Keogh, Knocknacarra; Sadhbh Moran, Carlow Town; Precious Olotu, Ballybane; Justine Mulvey, Drumbshambo, Co. Leitrim.
Friday, 17 November 2017
The HealthSIM project, led by Dr Jim Duggan at the IT Discipline, is one of the worldwide winners of the Grand Challenges Explorations Grant, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. The grant supports groundbreaking research in global health and development. The idea of the HealthSIM project is to design, implement and test a cloud-based public health supply chain simulator. This will create a virtual laboratory for public health officials in low and middle income countries, supporting learning, information sharing, and decision making within the health supply chain. In welcoming the funding, lead investigator on the project, Dr Jim Duggan said: “We are delighted to receive this generous funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to work on a project with such high impact potential. “The project highlights the exciting potential of collaborating with public health professionals to apply computer science and mathematics to help address sustainable development challenges. “It is highly interdisciplinary, and involves collaboration with our colleagues in the School of Medicine, and also our international partners from our recent EU-funded PANDEM* project.” Grand Challenges Explorations is a $100 million initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Since 2008, over 1,365 projects in more than 65 countries have received the grants. NUI Galway’s Vice-President for Research, Professor Lokesh Joshi, commented: “Grand Challenges Explorations is identifying some of the most pressing problems of our times and rallying scientists and innovators around the world to come up with real solutions. “We look forward to the work Jim Duggan and his team will do to help create a smoother pipeline in the supply of lifesaving medicines and care.” Grand Challenges
Monday, 6 November 2017
Two IT students scooped the top prize for the CISCO sponsored best final year project at a recent awards ceremony, organised by the Discipline of Information Technology at NUI, Galway. Alexandru Locodi (Galway) and Darren King (Moate, Co Westmeath) completed their fourth year in the BSc Computer Science and Information Technology programme and were joint winners of the award. The standard of final year projects was so high that the decision was made to split the award equally between Darren and Alexandru. Alexandru Locodi’sproject explored the conditions for cooperation in spatial evolutionary game theory. The classical prisoner's dilemma was adopted as an interaction model, and his winning project was supervised by Dr Colm O’Riordan. Alexandru is currently pursuing a PhD at the IT Discipline. Darren King’sproject looked at advanced machine learning, providing a study of reinforcement learning and various factors that affect the speed of learning in autonomous agent environments. This type of research is required for future advances in robotics and automated vehicles, and was supervised by Dr Enda Howley. The award was presented by Colin Barbour from CISCO, at a ceremony which took place on Friday, October 20th in the IT building at NUI, Galway. In attendance were Sean Kyne TD, Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development, Professor Peter McHugh, Dean of the College of Engineering and Informatics and Dr Michael Schukat, Head of Discipline of Computer Science and Information Technology. Speaking at the event, Dr Schukat said: “As award winners, you have displayed your ability for innovation, excellence and commitment to your education. The diversity of your projects reflects the ever changing demands of computer science and information technology. You are at the forefront of your field and have already made key advances in these specialised areas through your research. “The willingness of our company sponsors to support our students is very much appreciated and is testament to the close relationship we have with industry. We want to continue to expand our community and industry engagement, and it is events such as this that continue to bring us together.
Monday, 6 November 2017
Research into the navigation of unmanned aerial vehicles scooped the top award in the CISCO Best Group Project category at the IT awards ceremony 2017. Graduates of the HDip in Software Design and Engineering, Kieran Cummins, George Greenslade and Ciaran Gallagher won the award for their work in the field. The aim of their project was to allow unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) navigate indoors using image recognition. While UAVs are controlled outdoors using GPS navigation, indoor use has been restricted, due to the difficulty associated with navigating without GPS. It is here that image recognition comes to the fore, and the innovative project was supervised by Dr Seamus Hill at the IT Discipline. The award was presented by Colin Barbour from CISCO at a ceremony, which took place on Friday, October 20th 2017 in the IT building. In attendance were Sean Kyne TD, Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development, Professor Peter McHugh, Dean of the College of Engineering and Informatics and Dr Michael Schukat, Head of Discipline of Information Technology.
Monday, 6 November 2017
StudentGo – an app to support international and first year students - has been awarded Best Final Year project in the BA in Information Technology programme. The award is another success for creators Conor Flynn and Fiachra Coyne, as it comes hot on the heels of receiving backing from Blackstone Launchpad, the International office and the College of Engineering and Informatics. As a result of the support they have received, StudentGo is now available to download on the google play and iPhone app store. StudentGo is an interactive guide to Galway to help incoming international and first year students settle in to their new home. Built on the back of student experience, this app offers students the opportunity to reduce the settling in period in Galway so that they can make the most of their time here. Conor and Fiachra were inspired to create the mobile app based on their personal experience as Erasmus students. Both engaged in the year-abroad programme in 2015/2016 and faced numerous challenges accessing academic and social information. They discovered that finding information about timetables and academic requirements was difficult to locate and understand. This was also reflected outside of the university in terms of finding suitable accommodation and places to integrate with the local culture and language. Conor and Fiachra believed that the Erasmus and international student population of Galway should have a focused support system, which is inclusive, regardless of college, age, nationality, or gender. This support system should be built by individuals who have personal experience studying internationally, and provide a means of easily accessing information about their destination city. The information must be up-to-date and useful for this group of students before their arrival and during their stay. The StudentGo app is also beneficial to first year students who are new to the city and university environment. The award winning project was supervised by Dr Attracta Brennan and presented to Conor Flynn by the Dean of Engineering and Informatics, Professor Peter McHugh. Fiachra Coyne was not in attendance, as he is currently travelling.
Monday, 6 November 2017
An idea for a mobile app based on a love of sport scooped the WestBIC Innovation Award at this year’s IT awards ceremony. The concept for Find the Game was devised by final year BSc in Computer Science and Information Technology students Caroline Richardson, Daniel Beggan, David Philbin and Nicole Ferry. The Find the Game mobile app project helps users to find the perfect pub to watch their ideal sporting event. By downloading the app to your phone, users can launch a search based on a specific sporting event, and receive a tailored map to their destination of choice. The concept allows users to team up and vote for games to be displayed on the big screen. The app includes a rewards system, whereby points can be exchanged for rewards for frequent purchases. Two members of the four part team were in attendance to receive their award from WestBIC representative, Kerry Quinlan. The ceremony took place in IT 202 on Friday, October 20th. Speaking about the award, supervisor Dr Attracta Brennan said: “The team as a whole displayed exemplary work throughout the academic semester. They were both cohesive and dedicated and I want to congratulate them on winning the WestBIC award for Innovation. I wish them the very best of luck in the future.”
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Multi-media, cyber security and espionage were some of the exciting topics on offer at this year’s Computer Science and IT Summer School, which took place on June 20th, 2017. Over 40 secondary school students attended the one day event, providing them with an opportunity to engage in fun, interactive and informative workshops. Participants also had the opportunity to learn about game development and took part in an informative Q and A about the CAO and getting in to university. The Computer Science and IT summer school is designed for senior cycle students to engage their creative skills and imagination into what is possible through technology. It assists students in deciding whether a degree programme in computing at NUI, Galway meets their expectations of an exciting, dynamic career in the industry. Results from a survey carried out on the day showed that the summer school gave them a better understanding of GY350 and the reality of undertaking a computer course at university level.
Tuesday, 4 July 2017
Discovery Across Boundaries, a collaborative event bringing together some of NUI, Galway’s top researchers, took place in the IT building on Tuesday, June 6th as part of the Atlantec Festival 2017. Speakers from across the University presented short talks on their latest discoveries - from suicide prevention to sustainable cities, smart meters to stress responses in cancer cells. The series of four minute ‘lightening talks’ looked at the overall theme of new approaches to tomorrow’s challenges. This in-house event was organised by Dr Jim Duggan, Vice-Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at the College of Engineering and Informatics. As he explains: “Through its research institutes and schools, NUI Galway places great value on interdisciplinary research, and on the importance of creating collaborative opportunities for staff to work together on major societal challenges. “This event presented nine short talks highlighting how our researchers address 21st century challenges - by bringing together diverse areas such as Computer Science, Structural Engineering, Social Marketing, Psychology, Marine Science, Biochemistry and Literature.” Speakers included Dr. Jane Walsh, Psychology, on the topic of an mHealth Intervention to Increase Walking Behavior in Young Adults; Dr. Barry Hayes, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, on the topic of Smart Meters and Home Energy Data Analytics; Dr. Patricia McHugh, Marketing & Ryan Institute, on the topic of Seas of Change: Adding up and Interacting Out; Dr. Ruth Melia, HSE, on mHealth and Suicide Prevention: an interdisciplinary approach; Dr. Susan Logue, Biochemistry, on Mapping Stress Responses in Cancer Cells; Dr. John McCrae, Insight, who looked at Connecting Data for Natural Language Processing and Linguistics; Dr. Annette Harte, Civil Engineering, on the topic of Building Modern Sustainable Cities with Wood and Dr. Justin Tonra, English & Moore Institute, on the topic of Digital Humanities and Literature.
Sunday, 28 August 2016
Dr. Michael Madden was interviewed on Newstalk’s science show, Futureproof, about the new Horizon 2020 project ROCSAFE. The ROCSAFE project is developing new robotic and artificial intelligence systems to assess the scene of a chemical, biological or nuclear incident, and to gather forensic evidence from it. Dr. Madden's interview begins at about 34 minutes. Many thanks to Flirt FM for use of their studio, and Feithín for the great work in setting up the link to Newstalk, testing it in advance, and doing the technical work so that it went smoothly.
Monday, 4 July 2016
A big thank you to the 40 students who attend our Computer Science Summer School on 29th June 2016. Students came from counties Galway, Mayo, Longford, Limerick, Cork, Laoise, Westmeath and Dublin. The idea behind the Summer School is that students get an opportunity to see what an IT professional does and an insight into the range of topics that form part of the highly successful . Some of the activities included interactive sessions with IT lecturers, multimedia lab sessions, Cryptography, Secrecy and Espionage and an online treasure hunt.
Tuesday, 14 June 2016
NUI Galway has received Horizon 2020 EU funding for ‘ROCSAFE’ ICT and Security software that will use robotics and intelligent reasoning to gather forensic evidence in the event of a chemical, biological or nuclear incident A team led by NUI Galway has been awarded €4.8 Million in Horizon 2020 EU funding for their project ROCSAFE (Remotely Operated CBRNe Scene Assessment & Forensic Examination), which will use robotics and intelligent reasoning to gather forensic evidence in the event of a chemical, biological or nuclear incident. Led by Dr Michael Madden from the College of Engineering & Informatics at NUI Galway, the ROCSAFE project will focus on developing ICT and Security software to gather forensic intelligence in the event of a terrorist attack. ROCSAFE’s overall goal is to fundamentally change how CBRNe (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense events) are assessed, and ensure the safety of crime scene investigators, by reducing the need for them to enter dangerous scenes to gather evidence. The overall project budget is €4.8 million, of which almost €1 million has been awarded to NUI Galway. The project includes five other Irish entities and additional funding will be awarded to Tyndall, the Defence Forces (specifically ordinance disposal), the Inter-Agency Emergency Management Office, and two Irish companies, Reamda and SBN. There are 13 partners in total involved in the ROCSAFE project across Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Germany, along with a wider set of advisory board members. CBRNe accidents or terrorist attacks are a low probability but of high consequence. In the aftermath of a CBRNe event, the principles that govern the response mission are: Protection of Life Elimination/Reduction of Threat Protection of Property Preservation of Evidence Restoration of Normal Activities Speaking about the project, Dr Michael Madden at NUI Galway, said: “ROCSAFE focuses specifically on three of these principles: the protection of life, the elimination/reduction of the threat, and the preservation of evidence. By building a mobile remotely operated system, ROCSAFE can protect personnel by removing the need for them to go on-scene to identify threats, detect the presence of forensic material, and collect forensic material.” In order to safely respond to a threat, it must first be identified. To do this, the scientific team will adapt robotic air and ground vehicles to carry cameras and innovative sensors for the identification of CBRNe materials. To preserve evidence, they will equip the vehicles with tools to enable the careful and methodical collection of forensic materials and will develop procedures that are appropriate to remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), to preserve the integrity of the evidence chain. Using robotic aerial vehicles (RAVs) that will be remotely managed and semi-autonomous, ROCSAFE will quickly gain a visual overview of the scene and identify hotspots. This will enable responders to quickly set up a perimeter to protect bystanders and start managing the scene. The RAVs will be equipped with cameras (operating in the visible and infra-red ranges) and sensors for detection of radiation/nuclear, chemical and biological threats. Data from these will be relayed to a Central Decision Management unit in real-time. The Central Decision Management will provide data analytics and decision support software to ensure all available data is presented in the Command Centre, which will be located in a safe zone near the periphery of the incident, to the on-scene commanders in an intuitive and easy to assimilate manner. The Central Decision Management will include an innovative approach, which will be able to adapt to the evolving situation over time as information arrives from sensors and cameras, and the people on the scene provide inputs. ROCSAFE will use state-of-the-art ground vehicles that are specifically designed for hazardous scenes, and will include the development of tools and procedures for gathering forensic material and evidence. The challenges in forensic evidence collection are to remove the possibility of cross-contamination and to ensure the integrity of the evidence chain. This process will ensure that CBRNe scenes are assessed more rapidly and thoroughly than is currently possible, and that forensic evidence and material is collected in a manner that stands up in court, and all without sending personnel into zones of high risk. The ROCSAFE project is the most recent in a series of security-related research successes by the Research Office. NUI Galway has recently established a National Centre for Security Research to draw together the multiple strands of security-related research in the University, and to facilitate growth of this activity into the future. For further information about ROCSAFE visit: http://www.nuigalway.ie/remoteforensics/ ENDS
Thursday, 12 May 2016
As part of Alantec’ 16 Festival which is showcasing Galway’s diverse technology culture 8 Principal Investigators from the College of Engineering and Informatics will be presenting rapid-fire presentations on their research. The presentations will provide attendees with an overview of research activity in the College, and also indicate the potential for future collaborations through joint-funding initiatives. The event is taking place in Room GO17 of the Engineering Building on Tuesday 17th May 2016 from 6pm – 7pm.
Tuesday, 20 October 2015
As part of the recent Undergraduate NUI Galway Open Days the Discipline of Information Technology hosted a very successful interactive IT Interactive Zone. Visitors were challenged to a game of Connect 4 where their opponent was an AI controlled robot. There were large queues throughout the day for the opportunity to experience stepping inside a virtual world wearing an Oculus Rift headset. Visitors experienced an immersive 3D environment that removes the boundaries of traditional screens. Kevin Jennings, a 6th year student from Garbally College, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway who was a participant at the IT Interactive Zone is pictured here with Dr. Michael Madden, Head of Information Technology(right) and Dr. Des Chambers, Programme Director Programme Director of B.Sc. Computer Science & Information Technology (GY350)(left). Kevin was the winner of the IT Prize Draw for an Asus Zen tablet.
Thursday, 29 October 2015
BSc in Computer Science & Information Technology Cisco sponsored prize of €1,200 Recipients: Kevin Nicholson and Aaron Barry (Joint Winners with a prize of €600 each) Kevin Nicholson completed a project related to the development of a mobile application for diabetes self-management. The goal of this project was to design an mHealth application that could improve patient outcomes in terms of self-management of diabetes. The mobile application is designed for ease-of-use, and allows the user to self-monitor the vital signs for diabetes. The application also features an activity tracker, a module which allows a user to monitor their exercise levels. The app was developed in Java and mysql, and deployed on an Android platform. Aaron Barry completed a project related to the study of graphs and their properties which is a challenging and topical area in computing. The goal of the project was to adopt a number of AI approaches to evolve complex graph structures that exhibit sets of desirable features and used these approaches to solve a number of problems. The work has been accepted for publication in an international conference on evolutionary computation. Supervisors: Dr. Jim Duggan and Dr. Colm O’RiordanPresented By: Peter Doran, Cisco 2014-2015 WestBIC Sponsored Award Best Final Year BSc Computer Science & Information Technology Group Entrepreneurship Proposal Recipients: Cian O’Halloran, Jason McLynn, David Madugu and Tatiana Vasilevska OxySense is an innovative piece of hardware and software –combining sensors and RFID technology that detects deterioration in window insulation, along with associated backend Cloud Service. Coordinator: Dr. Hugh MelvinPresented by: Kerry Quinlan, WestBIC 2014 - 2015 Fidelity Investments Best Student Award BSc Computer Science & Information Technology Fidelity Investments sponsored prize of €500 Recipient: Cian O’Halloran Cian achieved outstanding academic results throughout the degree programme and got the highest marks overall in the graduating class this year. Cian is currently working as a software engineer at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence in Dublin, where he primarily works on financial crime detection software. Cian was a very talented and hardworking student, he consistently achieved outstanding grades and completed projects and assignments of the highest quality. Presented by: Kevin Barron, Fidelity Investments 2014-2015 Best Group Project in the H Dip in Software Design and Development Cisco sponsored prize of €600 Recipients: Ciaran Severn, Catherine Gaughan-Smith and Sean Lydon The group project involved the design and development of a database to support the storage and querying of performance data related to constructed wetlands. Constructed wetlands are a common means of treatment of waste water in communities and their performance is monitored on a regular basis but to date no centralised data storage of this performance data exists. This project was supervised by Ms Josephine Griffith with input from Dr. Mark Healy, Civil Engineering. Supervisor: Ms. Josephine Griffith with input from Dr. Mark Healy, Civil EngineeringPresented By: Peter Doran, Cisco College of Arts, Social Science & Celtic Studies Dean’s Award Best Final Year Project BA IT College of Arts sponsored prize of €400 Recipient: Dara Mac Michael Dara's project developed a mobile device application for the Galway Museum and the Ryan Institute at NUI, Galway on an educational exhibition aimed at children known as Sea Science. Supervisor: Karen YoungPresented By: Dr. Edward Herring
Tuesday, 20 October 2015
Approximately 8,000 prospective students, their parents and Guidance Counsellors attended NUI Galway’s Undergraduate Open Days on October 2nd and October 3rd 2015. As part of the event the academic staff and Student Ambassadors of the Discipline of Information Technology chatted with the students and answered questions about what it is like studying Computer Science & Information Technology. Staff also provided Introductory Talks throughout the day on the GY350 programme, BSc (Honours) in Computer Science & Information, which helped provide an insight into careers and job prospects for IT graduates. Large numbers also attended the IT Interactive Zone where they were challenged to a Connect 4 game with a robot, had an opportunity to experience and step inside a virtual world using an Oculus Rift headset and also a chance to see a variety of drone demos. The next Open Day will talk place on Saturday April 22nd 2016 and we take this opportunity to invite you to come along and meet and chat to us about Computer Science and Information Technology and visit our IT Interactive Zone.
Monday, 6 July 2015
Pictured are Transition Year students taking a group selfie at NUI Galway’s recent Computer Science Summer School. Over 50 Transition Year students attended the School which was hosted by Discipline of Information Technology. Students got an opportunity to get a taste of life as an IT professional and an insight into the range of topics that form part of the highly successful BSc in Computer Science and Information Technology. The camp students participated in a number of activities including interactive sessions with IT lecturers, learning about cryptography and code, building and programming autonomous robots, making 3D computer models and experiencing walking in a virtual world.
Monday, 6 July 2015
Congratulations to Lourdes Beloqui Yuste, who has successfully defended her PhD thesis. Her thesis is entitled “Next Generation HbbTV Services & Applications through Multimedia Synchronisation” and was supervised by Dr Hugh Melvin. Both the external examiner, Prof Christian Timmerer from Alpen-Adria-University, Klagenfurt University, and the internal examiner, Prof. Gerry Lyons, were impressed at her technical contribution to a challenging and topical area. For more on opportunities for research within the Discipline of Information Technology and current funding opportunities please .
Friday, 5 June 2015
On Wednesday, 10th June and Thursday, 11th June 2015, the PhD and Research Master students in the IT Discipline will give their public GRC talks, as part of the IT Research Seminar series. With these talks, our research students present their recent research achievements and their plans for future research. This two-day event provides not only an opportunity for our research students to present their work and to get feedback, but it is also an excellent way for other researchers, students and academics to obtain an overview of ongoing research in the IT Discipline. The talks will cover a wide spectrum of research areas, including Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining, Information Retrieval, Health Informatics, System Simulation, and Social Media.
Monday, 11 May 2015
Congratulations to Pádraig Ó Flaithearta, who successfully defended his PhD thesis. His thesis is entitled “Optimizing the QoS of VoIP Applications over WiFi through use of Synchronized Time”. Both the external examiner, Dr. Lea Skorin-Kapov from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and the internal examiner, Prof. Gerry Lyons, were very impressed at his summary presentation, his responses to questions, and the overall contribution of his PhD. This thesis demonstrated how synchronized time can help optimize the quality (QoS) of multiple concurrent Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls when sharing a wireless medium such as WiFi. The approach aligns well with the emerging paradigm of Software Defined Networks, whereby networks are centrally coordinated to optimize performance. For more on opportunities for research within the Discipline of Information Technology and current funding opportunities, follow the link http://www.nuigalway.ie/engineering-informatics/information-technology/research/