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DIT Launches ‘Women in STEM’ Magazine



Featuring four academics from within the School of Computing the latest edition of the DIT Research News magazine was launched on the eve of International Women's Day. This special edition of the magazine included a featured interview with Dr Deirdre Lillis, the Head of the School, where she spoke about her recent appointment to the board of the HEA as well as her management of the EU-Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance funded HUBLinked project. Dr Lillis also spoke about the challenges educators face in addressing gender imbalance within STEM where in many instances 'departments are staffed by males who do not see this as an issue' whereas within the School of Computing at DIT 'our female students typically succeed. I think that is partly because there are role models here. I'm Head of School, Dr Sarah Jane Delany is Assistant Head, two of our senior lecturers and a lot of our staff are women.

The magazine also featured an article on Data Analytics with Professor Sarah Jane Delany entitled 'Keeping up with Data Boom'. Professor Delany is the co-founder of the Applied Intelligence Research Centre (AIRC) at DIT as well as a Principal Investigator with CeADAR. Speaking about the work CeADAR does Prof. Delany spoke of 'identifying and anlaysing issues industry face and working with them on finding data-driven solutions offered by AI and Machine Learning Technologies.' 

Two of DIT School of Computing's current PhD students Mariana Rocha and Elizabeth Hunter were also in attendance at the launch and their respective work on educational gaming and the computer modelling of disease outbreak also featured in the magazine.

Computing PhD student Mariana Rocha's interest in how technology can help people to learn has lead her to develop and design a new game aimed at teaching primary school children mathematics. Speaking about her work Ms Rocha said she "believed that using different types of media and technologies to communicate STEM learning is key to making children more engaged and motivated to learn."

The magazine also featured a piece on the work of Elizabeth Hunter a PhD student currently working under the supervision of Prof. John Kelleher. Ms. Hunter's work on using agent-based models to create infectious disease simulations within Ireland will mean that policy makers and public health officials will be better prepared in the event of an infectious outbreak.

Research impact, gender equality and women’s empowerment were some of the themes highlighted at the Magazine Launch where Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT, welcomed more than 100 guests. Professor Norton commented that the day should be seen as a serious opportunity to highlight the importance of gender equality. “It is important for society as a whole to recognize and overcome conscious and unconscious bias in all aspects of life. DIT has wholeheartedly committed to promoting gender equality and we will use the opportunity afforded by the Athena SWAN framework to develop our action plan and to implement it.”

You can check out the Research News magazine online here, or if you would like some copies for your organisation, email claire.connell@dit.ie.


Dublin Institute of Technology, March 2018, For more information contact claire.connell@dit.ie

GETM3 Dublin Sandpit

Representatives from five countries in Europe and South Korea met today in DIT Aungier Street to discuss GETM3, a global entrepreneurial management research project funded through Horizon 2020, the EU's largest research and innovation programme. 

The delegates spent two days at DIT (January 16-17), hosted by Dr Deirdre Lillis of the DIT School of Computing, followed by two more days in Dublin City University, who are also partners on the project. Representatives from the following partner institutions are in attendance: DIT, Dublin City University (DCU) and the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME) in Ireland; University of Northumbria, UK; Warsaw University and Warsaw University of Technology, Poland; University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; Chonnam National University and Kyungpook National University, South Korea. 

The concept of ‘entrepreneurial talent’ is one associated with the individual successful entrepreneurs and with organisation's economic performance and venture growth. Higher Education Institutions are encouraged to meet a range of individual and business needs in the area of entrepreneurial development and management. GETM3 - Global Entrepreneurial Talent Management 3 - focuses on individuals, universities and small businesses with the aim of creating a broader understanding of entrepreneurial learning.
 
This multi-sector, multi-disciplinary four-year project aims to enable a network of experienced and next generation researchers from across Europe and South Korea to enhance learning and knowledge exchange, enable researcher development, and to create on-going and international partnerships across academic institutions and with community partners. The research project is identifying and addressing the talent management issues of the future by working with, and in, three stakeholder groups: students and graduates (the future generations), employers (wealth-creators of the future), and higher education institutions (educators of the future). The overarching aim is to improve employability and future global talent management to support economic development. 

DIT School of Computing, January 2018. For further information please contact Deirdre Lillis (deirdre.lillis@dit.ie)



Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science

The 25th Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science was recently hosted by the DIT School of Computer Science taking place at the DIT Grangegorman Campus on the 7-8th December 2017.

With regular conferences dating back to 1988, the AICS Conference is Ireland's primary forum for researchers with interests in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science. While once a niche area, the fields of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, which encompass Data Analytics, Information Retrieval, and Machine Learning, are now at the forefront of Irish computing research and industry.

As well as featuring researchers from across both the educational and technology sectors in Ireland the Conference also hosted many speakers hailing from outside the island of Ireland. Highlights on the first day included keynote speaker Dr. Vincent Lonij of IBM Research and two talks on Marathon running from Dr Barry Smyth and Dr Brendan Duggan respectively. Highlights from thr second day of the conference included a talk by invited speaker Dr. Diarmuid OSeaghdha, NLP/ Dialogue Research manager at Apple. 

The conference was held in St Laurence’s church Grangegorman Campus, Dublin Institute of Technology.


DIT Computing December 2017. For More Informartion contact Dr Susan McKeever (susan.mckeever@dit.ie) or Dr John McAuley (john.mcauley@dit.ie)



 

DIT Tedx Event: Dr Luca Longo Announced as Speaker 

Dr Longo speaking at Tedx Vicenza

 

Dr Luca Longo, a lecturer and researcher at the DIT School of Computing,  is one of a host speaker’s just announced to speak at this year’s Tedx Dublin Institute of Technology event to be held in Gleeson Hall Kevin Street on Friday 1st December.

The event which is run by the DIT Students Union (DITSU) event also includes speakers such as Áine Mulloy co-founder of social network GirlCrew, professional fundraising consultant Simon Scriver and entrepreneur Nicki Hoyne.

Dr Longo is no stranger to the concept of Ted Talks having spoken earlier this year at the Tedx Vicenza event in his native Italy. Dr Longo currently lectures at the School of Computing and was recently awarded the National Teaching Hero in Ireland in 2016.

Dr Longo’s current research interest is in Artificial Intelligence, particularly in Mental Workload modelling using deductive inference techniques (Defeasible Reasoning) and inductive modelling approaches (Machine Learning). He strives for excellence in his field and is an advocate of motivational teaching and strongly supports learning through passion.

More information about the speakers can be found here and you can purchase tickets now on Eventbrite.



DIT Computing November 2017

ENSSAT Lannion Summer School

The School of Computing recently hosted the ENSSAT Lannion Summer School. Now running into its third year the week long course is a joint collaboration between Dublin 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 collaboration Students from ENSSAT Lannion 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 Prof. John Kelleher from the DIT School of Computing. Throughout the week 24 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 model.

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.

For further information please contact John Kelleher (john.kelleher@dit.ie)


 DIT School of Computing, May 2017.


 

School of Computing Project Fair 2017

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Each year the School of Computing hosts a Project Fair for its final year students at DIT Kevin Street. The fair also afforded our students the opportunity to meet with our industry partners and show off their final year projects.

This year the fair showcased the project work of up to 55 students from across the School of Computing. On the day there was a wide range of diverse projects some of these included a predictive analytics generator for football coaches, a blood pressure monitoring medical system, a traffic simulation system for driverless vehicles and a craft beer search engine to name but a few.

This year’s overall prize winner Luke O’Brien won for his project CrashCache - An Irish Road Collision Geographic Information System that uses newly developed and cutting edge mapping visualisation techniques to display and analyse Irish road collision data. The overall prize was generously presented by Josephine Austin of Ocuco Software Limited who have a long-standing relationship with the Computing and Engineering schools here at DIT Kevin Street.

Alan Fahey of SAP another long-standing associate of the School of Computing presented the The Luan O’Carroll Innovation Award to Seán Jennings for his project CrimAnalytics – A Crime Prediction Web Application. The award was named in honour of the late Luan O’Carroll a former DIT Graduate and SAP Employee and comprises of €2000 worth of IT Hardware of the recipients choosing.

Also returning this year was Kevin Barron of Fidelity who presented the Most Innovative Software Engineering Award to Raminta Zelvyte for her project ‘eLeM Walkie’ –  a Lego Mindstorms Humanoid Robot.

Elsewhere there were prizes for the Most Original Project, the ‘Most Commercialisable Project, and the Best Communicator with Salesforce, DIT Hothouse and Bearing Point all returning as sponsors again in 2017.

This year also featured a new prize for Best User Engagement award kindly sponsored by LibertyIT Insurance.

Project Fair 2017 took place in the Gleeson Theatre on Wednesday 26th April 2017. Photos for this event are available on FaceBook.

Prize recipients at the Project Fair 2017 included the following:

 

Sponsor

Prize

Recipient(s)

Project Description

Ocuco

Overall Prize for Best Project at Project Fair 2017

Luke O’Brien

CrashCache - An Irish Road Collision Geographic Information System.

S.A.P

Luan O’Carroll Innovation Award

Seán Jennings

CrimAnalytics  -A Crime Prediction Web Application

Fidelity Investments

Most Innovative Software Engineering

Raminta Zelvyte

‘eLeM Walkie’  - Lego Mindstorms Humanoid Robot

DIT Hothouse

Most Commercialisable Project

Micheál Slattery

HACCp management Tool

Salesforce

Most Original Project

Jennifer Seery

Application for teaching Children Computer Skills

Bearing Point

Best Communicator

Aaron O’Brien

Rap Lyric Generating AI

LibertyIT

Best User Engagement

Eoin Irwin

LLDP Network Monitoring/Management Tool


DIT Computing April 2017

H‌-WORKLOAD 2017

The 1st International Symposium on Human Mental Workload: Models and Applications (H-WORKLOAD 2017) will be held in Dublin (June 28-30, 2017) at Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland.

We encourage researchers and practitioners to present late-breaking work submission as it can provide a valuable opportunity for sharing ideas and fostering discussions and collaborations among colleagues.

Guidelines on paper preparation and submission can be found here.

hworkload.org/2017

All accepted speakers must register for the conference to be included in the final programme and proceedings.

The late submissions can take the form of :

  • Short papers,
  • Extended abstracts
  • Demo and Poster

Short papers:

A short paper is a much more focused and succinct contribution to the field of mental workload and should convey a scientific result. Short papers are not expected to include a discussion of related work that is as broad and complete as that of full papers.

Format

The page limit is 6 (references do not count toward the page limit).

Accepted short papers will be presented at the conference and included in the conference proceeding.


Extended abstracts, demos and posters:

All submissions in this area should provide the opportunity to share work in progress or interim results that  may not lend themselves to be presented as a full length research paper or as short paper submission yet.

The demonstrations track complements the overall program of the conference. Demonstrations show implementations of novel, interesting, and important technologies or software which can serve for the purpose of mental workload measurement.
Format

The page limit for extended abstracts and demos is 2 pages (references do not count toward the page limit).  Submitting this 2-page contribution is not required but a poster must be submitted anyway through the online system as a pdf in the format 120cm x 147cm (47” x 58”). Poster boards and fixing material will be provided to mount your posters during the conference.

Accepted extended abstracts and demos will appear in the conference proceedings

 

Note: just a small selection of best short papers might be considered to be published in the planned Springer Volume

 


DIT Computing 2017, For More information contact: Dr Luca Longo luca.longo@dit.ie


HubLinked Seminar - University-Industry Interactions for Software Innovation‌ 

 


DIT School of Computing, on behalf of the HubLinked Knowledge Alliance, recently held a seminar on University-Industry Interactions for Software Innovation. 

The seminar included presentations on

  • effective models for university-industry interactions - Ciaran O'Leary (DIT)

  • participatory design for product innovation - Pearl O'Rourke (DIT)

  • the perspectives of both SMEs and major multinationals on U-I Interactions - Alan Fahey (SAP)

  • the Global Classroom - a unique curriculum innovation - Dr Paul Doyle (DIT)

  • mapping key relationships in cluster eco-systems for policy development - Dr John Hobbs  (CIT)

  • University SME Interactions - Margaret Mulligan (EBN)
  • European funding opportunities in the Digital Skills area - Gianluca Coppola - (DLearn)
Gianluca Coppola of DLearn giving his presentation on EU funding opportunities in the Digital Skills area

 

The Seminar held on Friday 20th January in our Aungier Street Campus kicked off the the wider 'Hublinked' Project an ongoing collaboration between DIT and a host of partner institutions from across Europe and Korea. The seminar itself was run in conjunction with the 3 day visit to DIT of representatives of DIT's partners institutions in the Hublinked Knowledge Alliance. These included representatives from

·         University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt (Germany)

·         Telecom Sud-Paris (France)

·         University of Applied Sciences Oulu (Finland)

·         Mälardalen University (Sweden) 

·         University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

·         SAP SSC (Ireland)  

·         Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (Ireland) 

·         Eurocrea Merchant (Italy) 

·         European Business Network (Belgium)

·         Kyungpook University (Korea)


The three day visit included presentations by each partner institution and a host of very productive workshops which discussed ideas around University-Industry Engagement (U-I Engagement). The objective was to exchange a whole range of different U-I practices within a group environment and to then propose new and innovative ways of engaging industry with educational institutes. The three day seminar also included a social aspect as the visiting partners were treated to a tour around some of Dublin's historic sites including Dublin Castle and the Book of Kells.
 
Funded under the Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance scheme, 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.
 

DIT School of Computing, 21st January 2017. For further information please contact Deirdre Lillis (deirdre.lillis@dit.ie)

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