Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches national Problem-Solving Initiative

Pictured with Mary Mitchell O’Connor are Alex Harding (Maynooth Post-Primary), Finn Corcoran and Juliette Kodia of Rush and Lusk
On 7th November 2017 Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, launched a major nationwide initiative aimed at fostering the next generation of skilled problem solvers for Ireland. The Problem-Solving Initiative (PSI) will encourage Irish youngsters to hone their lateral-thinking skills, and will create enthusiasm within the Irish public for problem-solving by engaging people directly with mind-bending puzzles and challenges. It will also promote career pathways in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for those who enjoy solving problems. The two-year initiative is delivered by the ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology, and funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).

2016 UKIEPC Programming Competition at DCU

UKIEPC@DCU-1On Saturday 29th October, 24 undergraduate teams from 4 different Universities converged on the School of Computing, DCU, to do battle in the 4th annual UK & Ireland Programming Competition.

The UKIEPC is a sub-regional competition of the North West European Programming Competition (NWERC) and ultimately the prestigious ACM ICPC contest. This year there were over 200 teams, totaling around 550 students from 26 different universities around the UK and Ireland pitting their wits against a common problem set. Each team had to solve as many problems as possible in the shortest period of time, with time penalties added for every incorrect solution submitted.

This year, the DCU site was generously sponsored by Arista Networks, with Amazon vouchers for 2nd and 3rd placed teams and funded travel for the best placed team to attend the NWERC competition at Bath University in November.

Dr. Markus Helfert leads Lero/SFI project to make Limerick a Smart City

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Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, is investing €500,000 in a Science Foundation Ireland funded research project designed to develop the IT and Enterprise architecture needed to create Smart Cities of the future. Limerick has been selected as a national case study for the project.

As part of the case study, researchers from Lero at Dublin City University together with Limerick City & County Council, will develop a new digital service (Insight Limerick) which offers citizens a portal for information sharing, open data and data visualisation while analytics will be used to gain insights leading to better services.

The Internet of Things will facilitate data capture from potentially thousands of sensors and devices from water, soil and air quality, traffic, cycling and pedestrian movement, parking event management and other sources. For the people, communities and businesses in Limerick to maximise the benefits derived from these new sources of information the data needs to be connected, shared, analysed and protected in a coherent and consistent way in order for new services to be developed and existing ones improved.

UK & Ireland Intercollegiate Programming Competition 2016 @ DCU

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