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Brendan Tierney announced as new UK-OUG Member Advocate
DIT Computer Science lecturer Brendan Tierney has been elected as the new Member Advocate of the UK’s Oracle User Group (UKOUG). Brendan was elected by his fellow Oracle User Group members and will now actively represent them at board level of the UKOUG.
The UK Oracle User Group is a membership community of over 8,500 individuals who work for a variety of Oracle customers, Oracle partners and the Oracle Corporation. Brendan’s new role will be to represent these members at the board/operating group of the UKOUG and to liaise between members and the board. Additionally Brendan will now become a representative at the EOUC (European Oracle User Group Council) and on the IOUC (International User Group Council) events.
Brendan has over 24 years experience working with Oracle technologies and been an OUG member for 18 years. As well as been an Oracle ACE Director Brendan has also authored four books on Oracle that are all available online [Oracle R Enterprise; Real World SQL and PL/SQL; Predictive Analytics using Oracle Data Miner; and Essentials of Data Science]. Since 2014 he has been the editor of the UKOUG Oracle Scene magazine and is also the founder of the OUG Ireland meetup group, along with one of the organisers of the annual 2 day OUG Ireland Conference..
Brendan said of his appointment: "I'm honoured to have been elected, excited by the opportunity and looking forward to working with all communities over the next two years".
Brendan has been lecturing in the School of Computing for over 16 years specialising in the areas of Data Mining, Data and Database Analytics and Advanced Databases.
The term will last for two years ending March 2019.
DIT Computing March 2017
DITSoC to partner with Innopolis University
- A curriculum mapping workshop between DIT and INN's undergraduate and postgraduate degrees to determine appropriate pathways for future student exchanges and other joint educational projects
- A mapping between Irish and Russian Federation computer science curriculum
- A workshop on pedagogical approaches / teaching methods
- A research workshop to determine common areas for collaborative postgraduate projects, supervision and postgraduate mobility (a continuance of work already underway)
- Explore the development of a "Joint Research Lab" which to leverage EU and Russian Federation funding
- A workshop on industry engagement approaches (How we work with ICT industry)
DIT Computing, January 2017
Due to popular demand DIT School of Computing will be officially running Ireland’s first CodeFirst:Girls course. Having piloted the first CodeFirst:Girls course back in November it will now return again this February due to high demand.
Dr. Susan McKeever, a lecturer in the school of computing who is actively involved in promoting gender equality at third level said that “we are delighted to be part of this ongoing project as we are actively committed to playing our part in reducing the gender gap within the computer science discipline.
It is a free course that is open to any female DIT students who want to learn and try out technical skills. The course is also run by volunteer instructors and promoted by volunteer ambassadors.
Speaking about the upcoming event Dr. McKeever who is facilitating the course in the School, says that “Interest is huge with the course heavily subscribed this coming semester. We have a 7:1 ratio of applications to places, so there is an appetite for this.”
Codefirst:Girls is a not for profit organisation that aims to reduce the gender gap in technology.
DIT School of Computing January 2017. For further information please contact Dr Susan Mckeever (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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DT228 Students Sweep the Boards at AIB DataHack
Students from DT228 swept the boards at the recent AIB DataHack taking home first and second prize respectively. DT228 students Aidan Devlin and Shane O'Neil are now the 2016 AIB DataHack winners as they took home first prize. It was also a great day for their fellow DT228 classmates Kevin and Emmet Doyle who took home the second prize.
The DataHack is a 12 hour event open to all 3rd level students which boasts a sizeable prize fund of €8,000. The contestants competed in teams of two with the two winners receiving €2000 and the four runners up receiving €1000.
The event itself features two separate programming competitions on the same day in the same place - a Datathon and a Hackathon. Participants of the Datathon were tasked with solving a particular data problem whilst similarly in the Hackathon participants could build an app to promote energy efficiency and sustainability. Aidan and Shane came out overall winners in the Datathon whilst Emmet and Kevin came in 2nd place in the same competition, they were both asked to build a model to predict the energy rating of houses. The tasks were specifically designed to allow the participants to showcase their technical skills and abilities within a collaborative and creative environment.
Speaking about the event AIB’s Chief Operating Officer Tomas O’Midheach said
“There are likely to be plenty of employment opportunities for graduates in data analytics in the future with the government’s Expert Group on Future Skills Needs estimating c. 30,000 job openings in Big Data and analytics up to 2020.”
This years event was hosted at AIB’s own Dublin Headquarters in Bankcentre Ballsbridge on Saturday the 12th November and featured teams from over 13 Universities and Institutues of Technology across the island of Ireland.
Dr Luca Longo wins National Teaching Hero Award
Dr. Luca Longo, a lecturer in DIT School of Computing, has won this year's National Teaching Hero Award. DITSoC’s latest ‘Teaching Hero’ Dr Longo received his award at The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Awards ceremony in Dublin Castle. The ‘Teaching Hero’ awards honour the best of Ireland’s higher education teachers for the influence they have on the development of their students and the part they play in promoting educational excellence in higher education.
The award ceremony was presented in partnership with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), USI President Annie Hoey spoke on the night remarking: “The fact that these awards are the only student-led awards in Irish higher education underlines their authenticity and their standing within the sector. The teachers being celebrated tonight are the people behind genuine student experiences and are hugely valuable in helping to shape Ireland’s future thinking and policy on effective teaching and learning in higher education. USI congratulates all of the 2016 heroes.”
The awards were culmination of of a campaign which has seen over 800 higher education teachers’ nominated by their own students. A number eventually whittled down to 37 ‘teaching heroes’ who were honored on the night. Dr Longo happens to be the first Italian recipient of the prestigious award and there was much media attention from Italy present on the night including an Italian camera crew. Keynote Speakers on the night included renowned public intellectual and journalist Fintan O’Toole as well as the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton who said:
“I congratulate all the 2016 Teaching Heroes. The Teaching Hero Awards programme is a valuable initiative that actively supports and promotes excellence in teaching. This year’s awards honour outstanding teachers who bring about exceptional learning for students, who thrive in an environment of innovation, creativity and inspiration. Teaching excellence brings out the best in both teacher and student. I wish the National Forum and USI the very best in this Awards partnership that is committed to achieving and maintaining best practice in teaching and learning in our higher education sector.”
This is the second time a lecturer from the DIT School of Computing has won a National Teaching Hero award - Dr. Bryan Duggan won the Award in 2014.
More information on the award is available at:
CeADAR win Research Team of the Year at DatSci Awards
CeADAR (the National Centre for Applied Data Analytics Research) has won Team of the Year for Academic Research at the inaugaral Data Science Awards. The event which attracted over 200+ industry leaders and specialists was held at the Aviva Stadium last week.
The awards spearheaded by Next Generation Recruitment in association with CeADAR celebrated the wealth of talent in the Data Science sector in Ireland and highlighted the bright future of Data Science and its vast relevance to all Irish business - large and small.
CeAdAR is a joint academic partnership between DIT and UCD which specialises in accelerated development and deployment of data analytics technologies such as predictive analytics, machine learning, real time analytics and visualisation. Funded by Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the IDA, CeADAR was established in November 2012 with the expressed purpose of facilitating the coming together of academic know-how and industry needs in the new and exciting field of Data Analytics.
The twenty-one finalists, who were recognised for their contributions to the field of Data Science and technology, included emerging talent within the data science community, along with progressively thinking organisations and Data Scientists within Ireland.
On the day all of the finalists gave short video introductions into their projects. The winners were subsequently announced throughout the event.
The list of winners in each category included:
Data Scientist of the Year (Sponsored by Optum)
Winner: Dave Sheehan, AIB
Student of the Year (Sponsored by Deutsche Bank)
Winner: Kevin Brosnan, University of Limerick
Team of the Year for Academic Research (Sponsored by Dun & Bradstreet)
Multinational Company of the Year Award (Sponsored by Accenture Digital)
Indigenous Irish Company of the Year (Sponsored by Pegasus)
Best Start-up of the Year (Sponsored by CarTrawler)
Winner: Kinesis Health Technologies
“This award acknowledges the great work done by the CeADAR research team at DIT, UCD and UCC and I congratulate them on their achievement” says Sarah Jane Delany, the Principal Investigator of CeADAR at DIT. “It recognises the team as key academic contributors in the field of Data Science in Ireland.”
Ticket sales for the awards will go to a scholarship fund to give a deserving Data Scientist the chance to fulfill a Masters programme in Data Science/Business Analytics commencing during the academic year of 2017/2018.
For more information on the DatSci Awards or to keep up to date on the scholarship programme, please visit www.datsciawards.ie or follow @DatSciAwards
For more information on CeADAR please visit ( ceadar.ie. ) or follow@CeADARIreland
DIT School of Computing September 29th 2016, For more information contact Peter Manifold (email@example.com)
Delegation from Kyungpook National University visit DIT
A delegation from Kyungpook National University (KNU) recently visited DIT as part of a week long tour of Ireland. The visit is part of an ongoing partnership between the two institutions which has seen staff and student exchanges both here in Dublin and in Daegu, South Korea.
The visit comes in conjunction with DIT securing €1million in funding for the School’s Hublinked partnership, of which KNU is a major partner. Hublinked is a joint project featuring educational institutes and industry partners in major ICT regions across both Europe and South Korea. The project aims to strengthen Europe’s software innovation capacity by exchanging knowledge from different ICT regions across the globe including that of Daegu. The new partnership also includes funding under the Erasmus+ Action 107 which will provides scholarships to both staff and students of KNU and DIT for future exchanges.
DITSoC’s partnership with KNU goes back to 2013 and began with the highly successful GlobalWorkIT Project. GlobalWorkIT, an ongoing colloboration, is both a cultural as well as an educational project that has linked three partner colleges in Europe with their counterparts in Korea.
The experiences captured from this EU-ICI project (e.g. innovative curricula, new teaching methods, real world case studies etc.) will inform the development of a new internationalised computer science curriculum or KEDDIT based on the already existing joint European Double Degree in Computer Science.
The recent visit to Ireland is just part of this continuing relationship between education and industry partners in both Ireland and Korea, a relationship it is hoped will be secured in the long term with the announcement of the new Hublinked Partnership.
DIT Computing September 2016
Brendan Tierney Releases new ORE Book
DIT lecturer and ACE Oracle Director Brendan Tierney is set to offcially release his third book entitled 'Oracle R Enterprise' at the 2016 Oracle OpenWorld Conference in San Francisco. . It’s been a busy month for Brendan who’s second book 'Real World SQL and PL’ was only recently released on the 22 August, that’s two books in the space of a month! Brendan’s latest book is described as a companion piece to his first book ‘Predictive Analytics using Oracle Data Miner’ and means he now has a set of books each covering the different components of the Oracle Advanced Analytics option.
The book which is actually released today is published by Oracle Press and is ideally suited to anyone starting out with Oracle R Enterprise (ORE) or has a familiarity with it and may want find out how to incorporate it with other products such as APEX, OBIEE, Hadoop and Spark. The book shows the reader how to effectively incorporate Oracle R Enterprise features in APEX applications, OBIEE dashboards, and Apache Hadoop systems.
On top of this the reader will also learn to:
• Install, configure, and administer Oracle R Enterprise • Establish connections and move data to the database • Create Oracle R Enterprise packages and functions • Use the R language to work with data in Oracle Database • Build models using ODM, ORE, and other algorithms • Develop and deploy R scripts and use the R script repository • Execute embedded R scripts and employ ORE SQL API functions • Map and manipulate data using Oracle R Advanced Analytics for Hadoop • Use ORE in Oracle Data Miner, OBIEE, and other applications.
Speaking on the books publication Director of Oracle Ireland John Donnelly described it as:
“a valuable resource for any data scientist who wants to use the R language with the Oracle Database. It demonstrates very well the many features of Oracle R Enterprise, from performing simple analytics to utilising the many performance features of the Oracle Database, allowing you to work with all your datasets - Big or small.”
Describing Brendan as “an expert in this field” Charlie Berger senior director of Oracle Advanced Analytics and Machine Learning said readers of the book can expect to “learn how to leverage R and reduce model development and enterprise model deployment from days/weeks to minutes/hours!”
Brendans two new books will be officially released at this weeks Open Oracle World (OOW) Conference in San Francisco where Brendan will be appearing to sign copies. If you can’t attend and also wish to to get a signed copy Brendan is also contactable via his twitter handle @brendantierney.
The book is also available to buy on Amazon, where you can also find Brendan previous publications:
DIT Computing September 2016
DT228 Student wins Global Undergraduate Award
Tomas Higgins, BSc in Computer Science at DIT and Global winner of Undergraduate Award
DT228 student Tomas Higgins has won the prestigious Global Undergraduate Award for 2016 in the Computer Science category. Tomas was one of just nine undergraduates worldwide who were Highly Commended in the Computer Science category. The title of his award-winning submission was “Identifying Mood by Analysing Keystroke Dynamics”.
To make the shortlist means you are not just at the top of your field in Ireland but are at the top of your field globally as the shortlist itself included students from Durham University and Nanyang Technological University amongst others. Tomas follows on from DT228 graduates Deirdre Corr and Sanita Tientale who were both nominated in the Computer Science category last year.
Tomas was also the recepient of one of the top prizes at the Schools Project Fair in April taking home the most Innovative use of Open Data Award.
Tomas Higgins receiving the 'most innovative use of Open Data' Award at the School's Project Fair
The list of 2016 winners was announced yesterday and the presentation of awards will take place in November at the Undergraduate Awards Global Summit in Dublin.
For More Information Visit: Undergraduate Awards
DIT School of Computing, September 2016.
School of Computing secures €1m ErasmusPlus Knowledge Alliance
According to Dr. Deirdre Lillis, Head of the DIT School of Computing, HubLinked aims to enhance innovation, participation and sharing of knowledge in the ICT sector. “The goal of HubLinked is to strengthen Europe’s software innovation capacity by learning from regions of proven ICT strength and sharing that knowledge with all regions. As the lead organisation, DIT will be working with our HubLinked academic and industry partners to achieve a number of key outcomes – for example, to improve the effectiveness of University-Industry linkages between computer science faculty and all companies; to develop global software innovators who can work in any sector; to increase the participation of females in the ICT sector; and to upskill academic and industry staff to collaborate in software innovation.”
ENSSAT Lannion Summer School
The School of Computing recently hosted the ENSSAT Lannion Summer School. Now running into its second year the week long course is a joint colloboration between Dubin Institute of Technology and ENSSAT (École Nationale Supérieure des Sciences Appliquées et de Technologie) Lannion a well renowned Engineering School affiliated with the University of Rennes in Brittany.
As part of the colloboration Students from the ENSSAT Lannion School come to DIT Kevin Street and undertake a week long intensive course in Data Analytics and Machine Learning. The course is presented and lectured by Dr. John Kelleher from the DIT School of Computing. Throughout the week 18 students from the ENSSAT graduate school took part in an intensive schedule which featured topics related to Data Analytics and Machine Learning. The course introduced the students to predictive modelling, the tasks associated with assessing data quality, a range of machine learning algorithms used to build predictive models, and the methodologies and metrics used to evaluate predictive models.
Throughout the course the students worked in teams with each team assigned a different data analytics problem which they were tasked with solving together. The course finished with each team presenting their work, including the models they built throughout the week.
DIT School of Computing, April 2016. For further information please contact John Kelleher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Meeting with Korean Ambassador
Dr. Michael Collins, Lecturer and Lead Project Manager of the EU funded ICI-Korea student mobility scholarship programme was joined by Mr. Paul Bourke on a recent visit to Korea where they were invited to meet the Irish Ambassador to Korea, Mrs. Aingeal O'Donoghue and the Deputy Ambassador, Mr. David Murphy. Dr. Collins briefed the ambassador and her staff about the programme and presented her with a gift. Four students from the School of Computing were among a student group who are spending the Spring semester studying in Korea as part of this scholarship also attended. They are Paul Good, Robert Fitzsimons, Jackie Lo and Wiktor Gdowski. The programme involves three EU institutions (DIT, University of Darmstadt, Germany & University of Oulu, Finland) as well as three Korean institutions (Soongsil University, Hanyang University and Kyungpook National University)
DIT School of Computing, April 2016. For further information please contact Michael Collins (email@example.com)
Students Learning With Communities Awards
A big congratulations to all out students who were presented with Students Learnin With Communities Awards on Tuesday. The awards were held in St. Laurences Church Grangegorman aim to commend students who have excelled in working with DIT's Community Partners
Students Learning With Communities involves DIT staff and/or students collaborating with under-served community partners (local groups, not-for-profit organisations, charities etc) to develop real-life projects for mutual benefit.
Students receiving certificates included Damien Glyn, Andrei Botnari, Liuri Loami and Joao Victor Teixeira who were awarded 'Best Engagement with User Centred Design' at the recent Students Learning with Communities Awards. Over the past year they have worked with our Community Partners St John of Gods (Liffey Region) to design and implement a much more secure, usable and accessible login system.
Laura McGovern also received an award and was commended with 'Best User Experience'. In conjunction with or Community Partners at St John of Gods Menni Services Laura developed Sobot : a robot based language development app for young non verbal communicators.
Mark Naylor also worked with St John of Gods Menni Services and was commended with 'Best Innovative use of technology to enhance user experience' for his project which developed 'A predictive Augmentative and Alternative Communication App for young non-verbal communicators.'
Over the past year the School has colloborated with our Community Partners, who include St John of God Menni Services and Wells for Zoe. The Awards were also an opportunity to commend both staff and the community partners to be recognised for their roles and their inputs into the various projects. The School has worked closely with comunity partner Orlagh Gregory from St John of Gods who outlined specific projects that could be undertaken by our students. Members of staff working in the projects this year include Damian Bourke, Paul Bourke, Sarah Boland, Bianca Schoen-Phelan, Cathy Ennis, Damian Gordon, Jonathan McCarthy, Leslie Shoemaker, Pat Browne and John Gilligan.
School of Computing Project Fair 2016
Overall Prize Winner Alan Haverty demonstrates his project on Driver Delivery Systems
Each year the School of Computing hosts a Project Fair for its final year students at DIT Kevin Street.
This year the fair showcased the project work of up to 51 students from across the School of Computing. The fair also afforded our students the opportunity to meet with our industry partners and show off their final year projects.
Project Fair 2016 took place in the Gleeson Theatre on Wednesday 13th April 2016.
The overall prize was generously sponsored by Ocuco Software Limited who have a long-standing relationship with the Computing and Engineering schools at DIT Kevin Street.
Other prize sponsors included, Fidelity, S.A.P. Bearing Point, SAS, Amazon Pye, Salesforce and DIT Hothouse.
Photos for this event are available on FaceBook
Prize recipients at the Project Fair 2016 included the following:
|Ocuco||Overall Prize for Best Project at Project Fair 2016||
|Delivery Driver System|
|Fidelity||Most Innovative Software Engineering Project||
The Fundemental Components and Technologies involved in the creation of a 3d game
Luan O’Carroll Innovation Award
Interactive Language Learning Tool for Children with Disabilities
|DIT Hothouse||Most Commercialisable Project||Maximilian Adrian Mihoc||
Behavioural Biometrics Phone Lock
|SAS||Best Analytics Project||Joe Devaney||
Watch n Listen
Best Customer Experience
|Salesforce||Most Original Project||Finbar Timmins||Sir Taps A Lot|
DIT School of Computing, April 2016. For further information please contact Peter Manifold (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Seminar with Female Undergraduates
Dr. Susan McKeever and Dr. Patricia O'Byrne recently held a lunchtime Seminar with our female undergraduate students. With recent drives to encourage more female representation within the STEM and Computer Science subjects it was felt a vital voice was missing from this conversation and this was the female students themselves. The hour long seminar held over coffee and sandwiches threw up some interesting ideas and the experience of being a female computer science student was openly discussed.
Great meeting everyone today. Really enjoyable experience and positive atmosphere. https://t.co/7wfzgrnkKy— Nicola Stella Mahon (@mahonsnicola) March 10, 2016
Many of the students, who came from a whole range of courses and years, had not met each other up until the event. Over the space of an hour a genuine sense of camrederie developed and it was suggested that the event should now become a bi-annual occurence.
DIT School of Computing, March 2016. For further information please contact Peter Manifold (email@example.com)
How to flip a classroom!
Most of us have tried to flip a pancake at some time in our lives. The more adventurous may have flipped a somersault, or maybe even a dive, but if you ever wanted to know how to flip an entire classroom, check out the following from DIT's School of Computing:- http://tinyurl.com/hs7c2qp
In 2013, the DIT School of Computing embarked on an ambitious five year project to incorporate online Flipped Classrooms as a core part of its programmes. A suite of modules on Cloud Computing, Programming, Algorithms and Computer Technology are now available in this format. A Global Classroom is being delivered for the fourth time this year, where teams of international students from Dublin, Korea, Finland and Germany work together across timezones on a software development project, mimicking the experience of working in a major ICT multinational.
'Feedback from learners has been very positive,' said Brian Gillespie, project manager for the School of Computing's Flexible Learning strategy. 'We've managed to mix the flexibility of online delivery for theoretical material, and preserved the face-to-face contact with the lecturer in the practical labs, which is providing a much better learning experience overall'.
'It's not without its challenges,' says Peter Manifold, the instructional designer who helps academic staff produce the online content. 'It takes lecturers a while to become comfortable with how they look and sound and adapt their own style to the format'
Further modules in Databases, Object Oriented Programming, Machine Learning and Team Computing are planned for September 2016.
DIT School of Computing, 22nd February 2016. For further information please contact Brian Gillespie (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Peter Manifold (email@example.com)
DIT Researcher to give talk at International Workshop on Spatial Cognition
Dr. John Kelleher is set to give a talk at the International Workshop on Models and Representations in Spatial Cognition in Delmenhorst, Germany. At the conference he will be joined a host of internationally recognised researchers to discuss the current understanding of spatial representations and processes at various scales, and the modeling techniques that help to characterize them.
John a lecturer in the School of Computing and a researcher at the Adapt Research Centre will be giving a talk based on his paper entitled 'What is not where: the challenge of integrating spatial representations into deep learning architectures'. Only last year John co-authored and published a textbook on the fundamental of machine learning with MIT Press. His particular interest in the area of spatial cognition relates to developing cognitively inspired models that enable computational systems to ground spatial langauge in sensor data. In particular, John is interested in the role of perceptual phenomenon (such a object occlusions and viewer perspective) on the semantics of spatial terms.
The workshop will be at the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg in Delmenhorst Germany from March 3-4, 2016
Do Androids Dream of Electric Fish?
People have kept goldfish as pets for centuries. And for good reasons - many studies have shown the therapeutic and stress relieving benefits of watching fish swim in their mesmerising patterns.
DIT Women in Science meet with President Higgins
DT228 Graduate Wins Top Award for Sleep Apnoea Detection System
Two graduates of our DT228 course, Deirdre Corr and Sanita Tifentale have both been honoured at the prestigious Undergraduate Awards in the Computer Science Category. Sanita was highly commended for her project on a system to monitor the power consumption of home electronic devices. Deirdre Corr came out on top in the Computer Science category as the ‘Overall Winner’ for her project on a Sleep Apnoea Detection System.
Both of these students have fought off considerable competition to win these awards. To make the shortlist means you are not just at the top of your field in Ireland but are at the top of your field globally as the shortlist itself includes students from Durham University, St Andrews, Australian National University, Manchester University and Nayang Technological University.
Winner of the Irish Undergraduate Awards for
Sleep Apnoea Detection System
Highly Commended Undergraduate Award for
System to monitor the power consumption of home electronic devices
Congratulating the students on their outstanding achievement Professor Brian Norton said "These students have already excelled in their studies with us, and this Award confirms the quality of their work. I heartily congratulate them, not only on their awards but also for putting their work forward for review as part of the very prestigious Undergraduate Awards. I also congratulate colleagues who have mentored and encouraged them to do so and I hope many more DIT students will do so in the future."
Deirdre and Sanita were already both recepients of top prizes at the Schools recent Project Fair back in April of this year taking home the most Innovative Software Engineering Project and Best Overall Project respectively. The recent commendations by the Undergraduate Awards is a further testament of the overall quality of both their projects. To have one student on the shortlist would itself be a great success for the school and a testament to the quality of the DT228 course, but to have two DT228 students on the shortlist and an eventual winner is a major triumph.
Computer Science is a domain that suffers from lack of gender diversity with considerably more males than females taking undergraduate programmes. Deirdre and Sanita’s achievements are all the more interesting, when this is considered and they are an example to all aspiring students- male and female – of what can be achieved in this field. We are all very proud of their achievements here at the School of Computing.
The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s only pan-discipline academic awards programme that identifies leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework. It is in operation across the island of Ireland since 2009, and became a global programme in 2011. It aims to recognise the best students in the world and to connect them to one another so as to encourage inter-disciplinary cooperation that transcends borders. This year the Undergraduate Awards 2015 programme received 5,117 submissions from undergraduates in 255 universities across 39 countries.
All the Winners and Highly Commended Entrants are now invited to receive their Gold Medals and meet their fellow awardees at the annual UA Global Summit, taking place in Dublin, Ireland on November 10th-13th. The Summit will be addressed by philosopher AC Grayling, physicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, photographer Giles Dudley, human genome sequencer Craig Venter, and the world’s youngest professor Dr. Alia Sabur, among many more speakers and facilitators.
For More Info:
DIT School of Computing, November 2015.
Dr John Kelleher Launches New Book
Dr. John Kelleher launched his new book “Fundamentals of Machine Learning for Predictive Data Analytics: Algorithms, Worked Example, and Case Studies” in the lavish surroundings of Newman House on Wednesday night to a packed audience of friends, family, colleagues and computer science enthusiasts. Dr. Kelleher a longtime lecturer in the School of Computing launched the book alongside his two co-authors former DITSoC lecturer Dr. Brian McNamee and Aoife D’Arcy of the Analytics Store.
The textbook itself serves as an introduction to the key machine learning methods used in predictive data analytics and is informed by Dr. Kelleher’s years of experience teaching machine learning and working on various data analytics projects. The book covers both theoretical concepts and practical applications for using machine learning for predictive data analytics and includes explanatory worked examples and case studies which aim to illustrate these examples in a broader business context.
Speakers on the night included Professor Pádraig Cunningham head of UCD School of Computer Science and Professor Brian O’Neill director of Research, Enterprise & Innovation Services for the TU4Dublin alliance.
Speaking on the books origins and on the process of writing Dr. Kelleher and Dr. McNamee revealed that parts of the book had in fact been devised whilst they were out surfing together in Donegal with the concept of learning to surf even serving as an illustrative model within the book itself.
The three authors thanked everybody for coming out and each spoke of how grateful they were to their family and friends for all the help and support they had received in making the book become a reality.
Speaking afterwards Dr. Kelleher said:
“We set out to write a machine learning book that was relevant and accessible, and I believe we have achieved that. The book covers the complete life-cycle of a predictive analytics project, from business problem through to model deployment and maintenance. At the same time, it provides comprehensive explanations of the most important machine learning algorithms. I am particularly proud of the fact that throughout the book we have provided detailed and complete worked examples. These examples are the most direct way of illustrating how machine learning theory can be used to solve concrete real-world problems.”
The book is published by MIT Press and for more info you can visit:
DIT School of Computing, September 2015. For further information please contact john.kelleher.dit.ie