School of Computing Graduate highlights Printer Security Flaws

Daniel O’Connor, a graduate from The School of Computing, has demonstrated security flaws in printers that make them accessible over the internet to unauthorised third parties and allows potentially sensitive documents to be read remotely.

Daniel said that unlike PCs, printers are often overlooked when IT security policies are put in place, and this can leave them open to exploitation.

“There’s a bit of an urban myth out there that you can get at printers and he wanted to see how easy it would be to get at them,” said Renaat Verbruggen, Chair of the MSc in Security and Forensic Computing , who supervised Daniel's research.

The Business Informatics Group receive an award for outstanding contribution to the European Project

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The Business Informatics Group at DCU– School of Computing received an award for outstanding contribution to the European Project – TRICE: Teaching Research and Innovation in Computing Education. Team members from DCU include Markus Helfert, Ray Walshe, Howard Duncan and Thoa Pham, who coordinated a specific work package within this project. The work package focuses on promoting innovations through close cooperation between companies, research institutes or centres and universities. The team at the Business Informatics group, developed an information system for submitting and approving bachelor and master student projects and enabling collaboration with Industry. They also designed an innovative guideline for establishing joint educational programmes.

In addition, the team members received the best paper award at the E-Learning 2011 conferencefor their paper on an Integrated Programme for Inter-institutional Collaboration in Teaching and Research.

UKeiG names Professor Alan Smeaton as the 2011 Tony Kent Strix Award winner

UKeiG – the UK eInformation Group of CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals announced this year’s winner of the UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award.

Professor Alan Smeaton of the School of Computing, Dublin City University is a worthy winner of this prestigious award with sustained contributions to the field of natural language processing techniques for textual information retrieval as well as to the indexing and retrieval of image, audio and video data. He now leads a research team at the University of 40 researchers working in areas including life-logging, video analysis, summarization and search, data aggregation in environmental sensor networks, collaborative search techniques, data fusion from sensor networks and using sensors in media applications.  He was founding director for the Centre for Digital Video Processing, a world-leading research centre for video processing and retrieval. Professor Smeaton was also the founding coordinator of TRECVid, which started as an independent evaluation exercise of the Text REtrieval Conference (TREC) in 2001 – an initiative that has clearly been instrumental to the progress of the field of digital video retrieval.

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CLARITY awarded €2m funding for sensor research


Researchers in CLARITY (Centre for Sensor Web Technologies), have been awarded almost €2m under the European Framework (FP7) for a number of sensor research projects.

The funding will be used for a number of different projects each of which builds on sensor technology developed in CLARITY. One of these projects is in the security area and looks at new CCTV tracking systems, based on advanced video sensing, that will allow faster and more accurate tracking of individuals as they move from one CCTV system to another. The system will be of benefit to local, national and international security agencies.

The CLARITY principals involved in this research are Professor Alan Smeaton, Professor Noel O'Connor and Dr. Cathal Gurrin, all from the Faculty of Engineering and Computing at DCU.

FP7 is a European-led initiative that promotes research, education and innovation, with a view to creating incentives for new employment.

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