School of Computing, Final Year Projects Expo 2010 a great success

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For over 20 years the School of Computing, DCU have run an event to promote and celebrate their final year graduates on the BSc in Computer Applications course. This year the event took place in the Helix and was attended by some of Ireland's well recognised computing/IT companies such as Google Ireland, Amazon, IBM, AIB, Accenture, and many more. The guest speaker Mr. Padraig McKeon from 'Ireland Your Country Your Call' who is also a DCU graduate and Trustee, gave an inspiring and motivating speech to all, focusing on how our graduating students with the specific knowledge and skills they have in computing and future technology have the chance to focus on new opportunities even within the current economic climate.

CNGL launch World Cup 'Twanslation' Service

John, Riona, Maria using CNGL's 'Twanslation' Service

CNGL researchers have developed a system to allow football fans follow World Cup tweets on Twitter in their own language. The CNGL Twanslator:World Cup 2010 project is being coordinated by Prof. Andy Way from the School of Computing in DCU (Track leader for Integrated Language Technologies / Machine Translation CNGL - DCU) and Dr Declan Dagger (CNGL TCD).

Natural boundaries exist within Twitter based on spoken languages - typically you are only connected to people who communicate in a language you understand. Twanslator WC 2010 is an attempt to filter the information streams on Twitter during the world cup into a number of different languages and create match summaries. CNGL is collaborating with the SFI CLARITY centre on aspects on this work.

1st place for School of Computing in the Irish Collegiate Programming Contest

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The first ever Irish Collegiate Programming Contest hosted by the University College Cork AGM Student Chapter was held on Saturday the 17th April 2010 in Cork. Fourteen teams from around Ireland competed from University Limerick, DIT, IT Carlow , UCC, Maynooth and DCU. Two teams entered from DCU School of Computing and achieved overall 1st place and 4th place!

The IrlCPC competition is based on teams of 3 students and a coach. The students are all on undergraduate degrees, while the coach can be either a full time researcher or member of academic staff. Each team had only one computer to solve a set of 10 problems within 4 hours. No internet connection was allowed to the teams. The teams were allowed use any programming language they liked, however Java and C/C++ were favoured. Each was tested against several data input tests and could receive up to 100 points. The team scoring the highest number of points was deemed the winner.

CNGL Internships

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CNGL is offering a number of internships designed for undergraduate students to participate in and contribute to exciting CNGL research projects. The 8-week projects would begin in June 2010.

You can view the project proposals and further information at: http://www.cngl.ie/internships.html.

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