Ireland's Youngest and Most Talented Computer Programmers gather at DCU for the All-Ireland Programming Olympiad

AIPO2015Finals1DUBLIN, February 21st - Some of the brightest, young problem-solvers and computational thinkers from around Ireland gathered at Dublin City University (DCU) last Saturday for the Finals of the All-Ireland Programming Olympiad (AIPO).

Students from 15 different counties around Ireland packed out one of DCU's computer labs to compete against each other over a 5 hour computer programming challenge. This is the fourth year Fidelity Investments has sponsored the event and with their continued support participation has grown by double digit figures year on year.

“We continue to see increased interest in this great event. Fidelity Investments takes great pride in encouraging young students to develop their technical skills and consider IT as a career”, said Tadhg O’Shea, vice president of software engineering at Fidelity Investments.

ComputeTY Celebrates 10 Years of Introducing Computer Science to Secondary Schools.

CTY-10year-pic1Ten years ago who would have realised a practicum project as part of the celebrated M.Sc. in Electronic Commerce in DCU would have grown to become one of the most successful outreach programmes in Ireland.  Throughout Ireland, there is a real need to introduce ICT skills to students at an early age and there is a particular shortage of women in this sector.  To date, DCU’s School of Computing has taken in over 4,000 transition year students introducing them to computer programming and encouraging them to study computer science at third level.  It is also encouraging to see that, over the last 3 years, over 40% of the total intake of these students are female.

The programme began in 2005 with students learning how to develop their own live website over a week. However, the programme has developed further over the last four years to include two additional streams, Introduction to Java Programming, which uses innovative content from the BSc. in Computer Applications course to provide students with a gentle introduction to an industry-standard programming language, and the AppInventor stream which allows students to develop and publish their own Android Apps on the Google Play store after just one week of tuition. Both courses allow students to learn the concepts of programming in a fun and engaging atmosphere.

Professor Andy Way awarded DCU President’s Research Award

Professor Brian MacCraith presents the DCU President's Research Award in Science and Engineering to Professor Andy Way

Professor Andy Way, Deputy Director of CNGL/ADAPT, has been awarded the DCU President’s Research Award in Science and Engineering. Andy, who is Professor of Machine Translation at DCU School of Computing, receives the award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of automatic machine translation.

In his citation, Professor Brian MacCraith, President of Dublin City University (DCU), said:

"Andy joined DCU in 1991 as a Lecturer and has taken a leading role in the University in the development of Computational Linguistics, the study of the application of computers to processing and analyzing of natural language. Andy’s current role in DCU is Deputy Director of ADAPT, the recently funded SFI Research Centre, and previous to that he was deputy director of 'CNGL II', the Centre for Global Intelligent Content. Before that he was PI and Co-Applicant in CNGL, the original SFI CSET based in DCU.

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