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May 2019: DCU Energy & Climate Research Group (ECRG) Summer Student Research Internship 

The DCU Energy and Climate Research Group (ECRG) is pleased to offer a summer student research internship for 2019 on the topic of Assessing International Aviation Emissions. The objective will be to:

● Review existing methods for the allocating national responsibility for emissions from international aviation

● Select and apply at least two methods to the assessment of Irish national responsibility for such emissions

The internship will be located within the ECRG, a newly-formed, multi-disciplinary, cross-University group engaged in a range of integrative research across climate and energy topics, including energy system decarbonisation, the role of negative GHG emissions (carbon removal) in climate change mitigation, and society-wide scenarios for effective climate mitigation action.

The intended internship duration is 6-8 weeks within in the period July-August 2019. Candidates should have completed at least two years of undergraduate study in a relevant engineering discipline, and be proficient in both written and spoken English,  Up to €1,000 will be available to assist with travel and re-location expenses, but any candidate for the internship should be in a position to fully cover all remaining accommodation and subsistence expenses.

For further information, please contact:

Prof Barry McMullin, email: barry.mcmullin@dcu.ie

Dr Noel Murphy, email: noel.murphy@dcu.ie

November 2016: DCU President leads STEM Education Review Group

STEM Research stock photo

Ireland should aim to be a world leader in STEM education – Minister Bruton launches the Report of the STEM Education Review Group led by DCU President, Professor Brian Mac Craith, and announces 21 actions for priority delivery

Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today (Thursday 24th November) launched an expert report on education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in Irish schools, and set out a programme to deliver on the ambition set out in the report of making Ireland a world-leader at providing STEM education.

These actions form part of the Action Plan for Education, published by Minister Bruton in September, which has the overall aim of making Ireland the best education and training service in Europe within a decade.

The STEM Education Review Group (STEMERG), which produced today’s report, was led by Professor Brian MacCraith of DCU, and included experts in STEM education as well as industry figures from world-leading companies including Intel and IBM.

The report outlines the extent of the economic and job opportunities for Ireland that are dependent on high quality STEM education, and also outlines that a step-change is needed in the provision of that education if we are to compete on an international level. It also sets out how, for social policy and community reasons, it is important to have scientifically literate citizens in a modern democracy.

It outlines 47 actions in order to deliver on these ambitions. In response to the publication of the report today, the Minister has identified 21 of these actions for initial priority implementation. These include:

  • All STEM teaching should be delivered by qualified STEM teachers. Currently there are challenges in the sciences, including an imbalance between the number of teachers with biology, chemistry and physics qualifications, which we are committing to address

  • Introduce computer science, including coding, as a Leaving Certificate subject

  • Deliver improvements in continuing professional developments for teaching in STEM, including a coherent Policy framework in the area, development of a comprehensive suite of STEM Continuing Professional development (CPD) programmes, upskilling programmes in the sciences, and Technology-Enhanced Learning CPD Programmes for Primary and Post-primary teachers

  • More inquiry-based learning as part of the curriculum in STEM subjects

  • Develop a means of recognising participation in extra-curricular STEM events and activities (e.g. Coder Dojo, BTYSE etc.) as part of STEM curriculum and assessment

  • Improvements in teaching methodologies in STEM subjects, including better curricular materials, including a central cloud-based repository for digital learning and STEM teaching resources

  • Support online communities of learning and practice

  • Better marketing of STEM qualifications, including highlighting career possibilities for students and parents. The report finds that there is a gap in awareness of the importance of these subjects

  • Address gender imbalances in specific STEM disciplines

  • Produce an integrated National STEM Education Strategy (STEM Education Policy Statement)

  • Review minimum entry requirements into the B.ED. programme for Primary Teachers

The 26 remaining actions will be considered further as we prepare the STEM Education Policy Statement which will be published in the first half of 2017.

Earlier this year, the Minister asked the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment to consider approaches to introducing the teaching of coding in primary schools. The Minister wrote to the Council to ask it to consider coding as part of a review of the primary school curriculum which is currently underway. The Council is considering this matter in the context of reviewing the primary mathematics curriculum. This will ensure that every child has an opportunity to develop the computational, and flexible and creative thinking skills that are the basis of computer science and coding.

The STEM report will be furnished to the Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills and the committee may wish to consider the report.

Speaking at today’s announcement, Minister Bruton said:

“The basic aim of this Government is to use our economic success to build a fair and compassionate society. No area is more central to this goal than education.”

“I am determined that we should continually improve the education system in this area. For the generation of children currently in school and about to enter it, creative thinking and problem-solving skills will be absolutely key to how they develop and achieve their potential. In particular, their ability to think critically and develop solutions will be vital for their prospects in life. Providing STEM Education of the highest quality is essential if Ireland is to become an innovation leader at the forefront of technological and scientific change.”

“We need to encourage our existing students, as well as future generations of students, to understand and embrace areas related to STEM.  We must instill in our students that a STEM education can open many doors, even for those who do not pursue a STEM career.”

“The recommendations proposed by the STEM Education Review Group will add significantly to the development of our STEM Education Policy Statement, which I will publish in the first half of 2017. In the meantime, I have set out 21 actions from the report which we will begin implementing immediately.”

The Minister thanked the members of the Review Group and their Chairperson Professor Brian MacCraith for their detailed work in preparing the report.

Also speaking at today’s announcement, Professor Brian MacCraith, Chairperson of the STEMERG, said:

“The overall levels of performance and engagement in STEM subjects are not good enough if we aim to provide the best for our nation’s children, and if we wish to sustain our economic ambitions for the future. A step-change in STEM performance and outcomes is required throughout the educational system if we are to move our STEM education performance up to the highest levels. The focus of our report has been to identify pathways to achieving that step-change so that, through implementation of our recommendations, the quality of STEM Education in Ireland will be enhanced considerably and sustainably. I am delighted that Minister Bruton has commented so positively on the report and that there is an immediate commitment to implementing many of the recommendations.”

The full Report of the STEM Education Review Group is available at here


November 2016: India-UK Excellence Award

Dr. Satheesh Krishnamurthy

Dr. Satheesh Krishnamurthy, former Research Fellow with the The National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology (NCPST) at DCU, has received an India-UK Excellence Award for his research on Graphene Assisted Low-cost Energy-efficient Solar Cells.

Satheesh received his award at the India-UK Tech Summit at the Taj Palace in New Delhi with UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in attendance.


July 2016: Engineering Student wins DCU’s VIP Fresher Competition

Congratulations to the 2016/2017 DCU VIP Fresher Oisín Fitzsimons who joins Engineering in DCU in the coming semester.

See a short snippet of his winning entry above.


July 2016: Final Year Project Expo

Attendees at Final Year Project Expo

The ICT sector in Ireland is thriving, with exports and employment in both indigenous and multinational firms continuing to grow. It’s no surprise that DCU’s Faculty of Engineering and Computing hosted their biggest ever final year project Expo with over 207 projects on show from over 220 graduating students.

A combination of both Engineering and Computing disciplines, employers came to view the projects from 8am and the campus was still buzzing with atmosphere right through to lunchtime.

Prof. Barry McMullin, Dean of the Faculty said “It is clear from the number of employers present we have an exceptional group of talented students who continue to innovate and deliver futuristic ideas. An endless mix of project types and various technologies is testament to the quality of students here in the Faculty of Engineering and Computing”.

Projects ranged across mobile/web apps, e-learning technology, video game maker, dyslexia testing app, the list goes on. Cillian Lambe a Computer Applications student displayed his ‘Virtual Reality Science Lesson’ project. He demonstrated how virtual reality can play a greater role in a learning based environment and not just in the gaming World. 3D printers are improving on a daily basis and David McGlynn, a mechatronic engineering student highlighted the advantages and disadvantages of building and setting up a printer from sourced components against buying a ready to print device. He researched techniques and theory, followed by building his own 3D printer.

Many of the students during the event were offered directly the opportunity of interviews and employment. Some of the employers sponsored great prizes for best projects such as i-pads, laptops, vouchers etc. and again for the fifth year SAP sponsored the overall event. Aisling Mulholland, a previous graduate from DCU’s BSc in Computer Applications, was delighted to come back on behalf of SAP and support the event with great enthusiasm.

The Faculty of Engineering and Computing Expo runs every May. For more information contact Christine.stears@dcu.ie


July 2016: First at Inspirefest

Shauna Flynn, a research student in the DCU School of Electronic Engineering, scooped up first prize at the ResearchFest competition.

The contest is run as a fringe event as part of Inspirefest – Silicon Republic’s international event which c

onnects science and technology professionals that are interested in STEM. 

Eight PhD researchers were selected to compete and received training from SNP Communications before their pitches.

The candidates had three minutes to pitch their ideas in a clear way, despite the research topics being traditionally difficult ones. Topics on the day included biomedical engineering, bioinformatics, pain management and electronic engineering.

Shauna spoke about transistors on computer chips and how she is using block copolymers to build more transistors into a silicon substrate. Moore’s Law states that the number of transistors on a computer chips doubles every two years and Shauna’s research could advance Moore’s Law even further.

Silicon Republic reports that if Shauna’s research is successful, she will be able to fit billions more transistors in tiny spaces.

Shauna received a Samsung tablet and will be trained further by SNP Communications.  Watch Shauna discuss her project here

Three other DCU students were also selected for the pitch round – Claire O’Connell who is completing her PhD research at the DCU Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, Kim Connick is a postgraduate researcher in the Immunomodulation Research Group at DCU’s School of Biotechnology and also in the DCU Immunomodulation Research Group iis Niamh Hunt, who is currently in the third year of her PhD.

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May 2016: Rehabilitation Aid for MS Sufferers

Intel Logo

Lauren Murphy, a transition student at Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan has travelled to Arizona to represent Ireland at Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) with a smart rehabilitation device that she has invented to aid multiple sclerosis sufferers.

Lauren’s father Gerard has MS and, observing the difficulties that he and other MS sufferers experience with ‘clenched fist’, Lauren set about developing an aid to help her father perform exercises to improve the action of opening and closing the fist.  Having developed her first mechanical prototype and testing it with her father, Lauren has been able to record a marked improvement in his dexterity once a repeated exercise programme is carried out.

To explore how to develop her prototype further, Lauren attended the first Hackathon at Alpa, DCU’s Innovation Campus, where she presented her idea to DCU software and hardware engineers and campus company, Nuwave Ventures.  All were inspired with her work and together they agreed to help her to transform her rehabilitation aid into a smart device that provides feedback to patients in real time as they carry out the exercise.

The result is an autonomous device with integrated electronics consisting of a set of sensors and a microcontroller printed circuit board.  The device now records data in a meaningful way so that improvements can be identified and it can also be connected to a PC to download the data.  The sensors are measuring, force, range of motion and number of actions in a given time.

Dr Conor McArdle from DCU School of Electronic Engineering worked in collaboration with Rachit Shah, an industrial engineer at Nuwave Ventures, based at DCU Alpha, to assist Lauren. Conor worked on software development and Rachit engineered the prototype with Lauren, creating the final product with one of the company’s 3D Printers.

This project will be up against stiff competition at Intel ISEF (May 8th to 13th) which is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition where approximately 1,700 high school students from over 75 countries  showcase their independent research and compete for approximately $4 million in prizes.

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May 2015: BlueTape has won the PCH Hardware Hackathon in Dublin

PCH, the Irish company that designs custom product solutions for startups and Fortune 500 companies, today announced BlueTape, which developed and prototyped a Bluetooth connected tape measure, has won the PCH Hardware Hackathon at DCU Innovation Campus. The product aims to reduce clothing returns for online retailers by helping customers find the right fit first time and was created in just 54 hours, from Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th May. Over the course of the weekend, participants collaborated to hack new hardware devices from concept, to working prototype, to final product. They ultimately developed a range of functioning hardware devices that have the potential to have consumer appeal and to answer a consumer need.

First prize went to BlueTape, which developed and prototyped a connected tape measure. The team was awarded a €3,000 cash prize, a service design workshop with Each&Other as well as a free starter office for four months at the DCU Innovation Campus, should they wish to pursue and further develop their idea;

Killian Dolan, who is a current fourth year student in the B.Eng. in Electronic Engineering programme was one of the successful BlueTape designers.

The BlueTape Team - Winners of the PCH Hackathon Award 2015

 

May 2015: Guru Project Awarded Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Funding

Guru Project

The Guru Project is a student information platform, designed and developed within the School of Electronic Engineering at DCU. It allows the analysis of student, module, programme and institutional data and the generation of new sub-systems which utilise this data. Principal investigator, David Molloy, has been successful in applying for commercialisation funding from Enterprise Ireland to fund the deployment of the system into the wider educational market.

Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Funding

 

March 2015: NEW - B.Eng. in Electronic and Computer Engineering


First Year Engineering: (Mobile Robotics EM106)

 

The School of Electronic Engineering has undergone a radical and exciting change to its undergraduate degree structure. This involves the creation of a new undergraduate programme, the B.Eng. in Electronic and Computer Engineering. This programme is for you if you want to acquire a creative and innovative approach to problem-solving and gain a critical awareness of the impact of electronics and computers on society. As a qualified engineer you will have the ability to design a wide range of electronic systems, such as analogue and digital systems, micro-electronic circuits, computers and communications systems.

In the final year, focus will be on particular majors and samples of these include:

  • Systems & Devices
  • Internet of Things
  • High-Speed Communications
  • Digital Interaction

For more information, please visit the programme information at B.Eng. in Electronic and Computer Engineering

 

June 2014: DME4 Student wins Fujitsu Award for Innovation at DCU

Anoop Sebastian, a final year student in Digital Media Engineering, has created a web-based programme to tackle the difficulties experienced by Android app developers. His Integrated Development Environment (IDE) provides easy access to Android development tools allowing the user to focus his or her attention purely on app development. His innovation allows apps to be wirelessly deployed to an Android phone and for log messages generated on the phone to be wirelessly relayed to the web based IDE. This type of tool could potentially make Android application development much more accessible to those new to the discipline.

Anoop won in the Student Category and was presented by Regina Moran, CEO of Fujitsu Ireland, and Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU, at The Helix.
Anoop (left) Presented with Award


May 2014: Major New Research Programme for Autism & Intellectual Disabilities

A major new research programme aimed at creating new technologies to enhance the lives of people with autism and intellectual disabilities has been launched. This programme was launched by Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn on May 15th. All Irish Universities are represented in this initiative and DCU is represented by Prof. Paul Whelan (Centre for Image Processing and Analysis (CIPA) - http://www.cipa.dcu.ie). This programme was developed as part of the DOCTRID (Daughters of Charity – Technology, Research into Disability) research institute and will fund 40 postdoctoral fellows (Incoming 2 yrs, Outgoing 3 years) over a wide range of disciplines (engineers, computer scientists, behavioural psychologists, occupational therapists)

ASSISTID team presenting to the EU parliament in Brussels March 2013

ASSISTID team presenting to the EU parliament in Brussels March 2013


The website is live at www.assistid.eu


April 2014: President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

DCU's annual Teaching and Learning Day took place in the Helix on Wednesday, 16th April 2014 which celebrated innovation and excellence in teaching and learning at DCU. As part of the day DCU President, Professor Brian MacCraith, announced the 2013/2014 winners of the President's Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Award Recipients

  • Jennifer Bruton from the School of Electronic Engineering received a special award for distinctive assessment and feedback.
  • Liam Domican from the School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering received an award in the Academic Support Category.

For more information visit: President's Annual Awards


December 2013: School of Electronic Engineering Undergraduate Prize Giving Ceremony

The 2013 Ericsson DCU Student Project Prize was awarded to James Reilly, BEng in Digital Media Engineering. The award was presented to James by Mr Ultan O’Gorman, Senior Consultant at Ericsson Ireland.

James Riley (left) receiving the 2013 Ericsson DCU Student Project Prize from Ultan O'Gorman

James Riley (left) receiving the 2013 Ericsson DCU Student Project Prize from Ultan O'Gorman


The 2013 Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Prize for best overall performance in the School of EE was awarded to Mark Marsden, also BEng in Digital Media Engineering.

Mark Morriston (left) receiving the 2013 IET Prize from Prof Patrick McNally, Head, DCU School of EE.

Mark Morriston (left) receiving the 2013 IET Prize from Prof Patrick McNally, Head, DCU School of EE.


The awards ceremony took place just before a Technical Seminar to the IEEE Dublin Electron Devices Society / Ireland Photonics Society delivered by Prof John Cartilage of Queens University at Kingston, Canada. The lecture was entitled “100 Gb/s Using Intensity Modulation and Direct Detection for Short Reach Applications”.

Prof John Cartledge, Queens University at Kingston, Canada, delivering his IEEE Dublin Electron  Devices Society / Ireland Photonics Society lecture on 2 Dec 2013 at DCU.

 Prof John Cartledge, Queens University at Kingston, Canada, delivering his IEEE Dublin Electron Devices Society / Ireland Photonics Society lecture on 2 Dec 2013 at DCU.


November 2013: Recruitment and Trade Fair in India

In November of this year, DCU took part in the Education In Ireland mission to India. David Molloy from Engineering and Computing and Gary Osborne from the International Office visited Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai meeting hundreds of potential applicants. Of most interest were our graduate engineering programmes but also popular were our science, business and humantites programmes. There is a growing number of students from all over India at DCU and there is an active Indian student society on campus. The Education mission was part of the larger Enterprise Ireland/IDA trade and investment mission to India led by Minister Richard Bruton, seen here attending the event in Mumbai.

Minister Bruton visiting the DCU Stand at the Education Fair in Mumbai

Minister Bruton visiting the DCU Stand at the Education Fair in Mumbai 



June 2013: Engineering and Computing features prominently in the Fujitsu Innovation Awards

There was a strong representation from the Faculty of Engineering and Computing at the recent Fujitsu awards. The awards are to recognise and encourage innovative achievements by DCU students, researchers and staff. The criteria for these awards not only look at the key benefits of the idea, but more so, the greater benefit to society.

In the Student category Kaylee Cherry, a final year Digital Media Engineering student won the award for her barcode-scanning android app ‘Scandroid’ designed to assist the visually-impaired and blind shoppers. Kaylee worked with the National Council for the Blind of Ireland on this idea to address the issue of visually-impaired people relying on touch or assistance to identify products in a retail setting. ‘Scandroid’ extracts the barcode number from the product, finds the matching product online and the information is read out to the shopper using text-to-speech technology.

Kaylee Cherry wins Award

Engineering also focused strongly in the Administration & Support Staff Category. David Molloy, Analyst programmer in the School of Electronic Engineering, was shortlisted for his fantastic work on ‘GURU’. This is a user friendly information system that assists academic management of student, module and programme performance. The criteria for this award was based on a significantly enhanced, process or method which was conceived and adopted internally at DCU and which led to a tangible and demonstrable benefit to DCU.

Paul Young, The School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering was shortlisted in the ‘Academic and Research Staff Category’ for his ‘Ecovolve’ project. This is a zero emission electric vehicle for use on construction sites. The criteria for this award was for a) a product or process based substantially on research carried out at DCU with significant utility. B) clinical, economic, social or industrial) and which ideally has been endorsed externally as representing a valuable contribution to the field. Or the implementation of a new teaching and learning method (conceived and developed substantially at DCU) which enhances the student learning experience supporting evidence required.

From the School of Computing the final shortlisted nomination was Prof. Alan Smeaton, INSIGHT was also nominated for ‘REMPAD’, a web based system to offer reminiscence therapy for people with dementia. It was a wonderful achievement for all concerned and Fujitsu CEO Regina Moran, complimented the work and input from every individual who was nominated.


May 2013: Engineering and Computing : Projects Expo 2013

The 26th Annual Projects Expo took place in the Faculty of Engineering and Computing on Tuesday 28th of May. Final year students staged a showcase of their final year projects, with inventions ranging from internet-controlled security robots to an autopilot demonstration rig and hospital spillage sensing devices. Many employers from the computing and engineering sectors, including SAP, Google, Paddy Power, IBM, Deloitte and Amazon, were in attendance to snap up some of the brightest and best students DCU has to offer from its Schools of Computing, Electronic Engineering and Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering. For more information see: Employers Snap up Brightest and Best Engineers at DCU. If you are an employer and would like to attend this event in future years, please contact Christine.Stears@dcu.ie to register your interest.


May 2013: Billy Roarty wins Teaching & Learning Award 2013

Billy Roarty has won the 2012/2013 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching & Learning in the teaching support category. He received huge numbers of student support nominations for his excellent work in supporting the teaching of our undergraduate modules. The citations consistently mentioned the way that he goes well beyond the normal "call of duty" in all of his work. Congratulations Billy!


May 2013: DCU, INSIGHT Research Centre Seeks to Fill Vacancies

The INSIGHT Research Centre for Big Data Analytics is a joint initiative between researchers at University College Dublin, NUI Galway, University College Cork, and Dublin City University, as well as other partner institutions. It will bring together a critical mass of more than 200 researchers from Ireland's leading ICT centres to develop a new generation of data analytics technologies in a number of key application areas.

The €70m centre is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and a wide range of industry partners. INSIGHT's research focus encompasses a broad range of data analytics technologies and challenges, from machine learning, decision analytics and social network analysis to linked data, recommender systems and the sensor web. And together with more that 30 partner companies INSIGHT researchers are solving critical challenges in the areas of Connected Health and the Discovery Economy. The Discovery Economy refers to novel products and services based on a better understanding of short and long-term user needs. It combines ideas from personalization and recommender systems with location-based services and the real-time social web. Connected Health advocates a technology-based model for healthcare delivery to maximize healthcare resources and provide increased, flexible opportunities for people to engage with clinicians and better self-manage their own care.

Within DCU, INSIGHT will continue the work done as part of the CLARITY CSET and will initially involve researchers across Materials Science and Chemistry, Computing, Engineering, and Health and Human Performance.

For its initial start-up phase within DCU, INSIGHT is seeking to fill vacancies for 7 postdoctoral researchers, 2 research assistants and 14 PhD students across a range of disciplines, starting between July and September 2013. Further vacancies will arise throughout the next 12 months. PhD studentships are fully funded for 4 years and cover stipend, University fees and travel/materials, and are available in Computing, Engineering, and Materials Sciences

In the first instance, potential candidates should contact Prof Noel O Connor (noel.oconnor@dcu.ie) for PhD studentships in the School of Electronic Engineering.


April 2013: Techniques: 3D Imaging of Crystal Defects

Read Prof. Patrick McNally's review of a new 3D imaging technique for crystal defect detection in "Techniques: 3D Imaging of Crystal Defects" published in 'Nature: News & Views".
Nature 496, 37–38 (04 April 2013) doi:10.1038/nature12089   Web Link


March 2013: Launch of Re-Play Project

A major European motion capture technology project to preserve, promote and develop culturally important sports has been developed in Ireland through a unique collaboration between scientists, sporting bodies, cultural organisations and athletes.

Launched by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD at Croke Park, Dublin, Re-Play is a €2million research project funded by EU Framework Programme 7 (FP7) and involves top-class scientists from Ireland, Spain, UK, Switzerland and Greece. Their collaborative work will capture the styles of play and skills unique to Gaelic and Basque Games and develop 3D interactive software that will be used to educate future generations about these culturally significant sports.

Launch of Re-Play Project at Croke Park


November 2012: Dr. Stephen Daniels wins Entrepreneurship Award

At The big Ideas Showcase held this week by Enterprise Ireland Dr Stephen Daniels was honoured with a Commercialisation Award in recognition of his outstanding entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to commercialising research. In addition to his work leading a multidisciplinary research team in plasma technology and energy systems Stephen also holds a post as senior Lecturer in the School of Electronics at Dublin City University. Stephen has also been instrumental in the formation of several technology businesses including Arann Healthcare Ltd, Qualflow Systems Ltd, Lexas Research and Sonex Metrology.  Within DCU Stephen is regarded as a real champion of innovation through his research work, his engagement with industry and his encouragement of entrepreneurship amongst students. He plays an integral part in furthering DCU’s vision to be internationally recognised as a research intensive, globally –engaged University of Enterprise.

Stephen Daniels Commercialisation Award


November 2012: Irish Film on K2 Disaster set for Sundance

An Irish documentary about a mountain-climbing disaster has been selected for Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival. Produced and directed by Nick Ryan, 'The Summit' tells of how on August 1, 2008, 24 climbers from several international expeditions converged on High Camp of K2, the last stop before the summit of the most dangerous mountain on earth. At the heart of the film is the story of Limerick climber and DCU Electronic Engineering graduate, Ger McDonnell – the first Irishman to reach the summit of K2, but who encountered a disastrous scene on his descent: three climbers tangled up in ropes. Ger lost his life with the three Korean climbers he was attempting to save. "The Summit" is also nominated for a prestigious Grierson Award for Best Documentary at this year's London Film Festival. (more)

The Summit


July 2012: 2012 China Ireland Information & Communications Technology Symposium

HE Luo Linquan, Ambassador of China to Ireland has opened the 2012 China Ireland Information & Communications Technology (CIICT) symposium, ICT & Energy Efficiency, at Dublin City University. The symposium will explore how the design of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is increasingly influenced by energy costs and power consumption constraints and, additionally, how ICT will be broadly applied in future to help manage the emerging global energy crises.

CIICT 2012

Organised by RINCE, DCU's research institute focussed on innovation in engineering technologies, and a partner event of the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) 2012, the two-day symposium will feature talks and technical panel sessions led by international experts and a special session on China-Ireland research funding opportunities.

For more information on CIICT, visit the CIICT Website


July 2012: Undergraduate IC Initiative

DCU's School of Electronic Engineering will again be hosting this year's Undergraduate IC Initiative training course. This event will be held 22-25 October 2012 as a 3.5 day event on behalf of MIDAS whereby the participants are introduced to open-source tools that can be used for IC Design & Layout. As per last year ALL postgraduates, postdoctoral researchers and teaching and technical staff are also welcome to attend.


June 2012: Dr Derek Molly on Youtube

The YouTube Channel 'Digital Electronic Systems', created by Dr. Derek Molloy has continued to grow in popularity and has now had over 300,000 views across each of the 46 user-created videos.  For more information visit the channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/derekmolloydcu?feature=results_main

Derek Molloy - YouTube Channel


June 2012:Expo 2012 at The Helix

There was a great buzz on Campus this week when the final year students from the Faculty of Engineering and Computing participated in a hugely successful event in the Helix. The Expo 2012, gave the students the opportunity to showcase the work they had completed for their final year project (FYP) assignments and to demonstrate their achievements to invited corporate guests from the ICT sector. Over 250 guests from many of the top ICT companies arrived with great enthusiasm and eagerness to meet the students. Companies such as Fidelity Investments, Accenture and IBM all sponsored key prizes for best projects.

For more information on our Final Year Projects Expo 2012 visit: http://www.computing.dcu.ie/fyp or contact Christine.stears@computing.dcu.ie or Tel: +353 1 7005237


May 2012:President's Awards for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Derek Molloy, from the School of Electronic Engineering has been presented with the Overall Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award 2012.  The 2012 President's Awards for Excellence in Teaching have been presented at a special ceremony during the annual Teaching and Learning day in The Helix. Presented on the basis of student and peer nominations, the President's Awards recognise outstanding contributions to DCU's teaching and learning activities. Speaking at the Awards ceremony, Professor Brian MacCraith said, "The President's Awards for Excellence in Teaching are an important acknowledgement of the innovative ways in which DCU staff strives to improve the learning experience of their students. Through the words of commendation we have heard from DCU students today, we have good reason to feel confident about the future of DCU's tradition of best practice in teaching."


March 2012:DCU in the Art World

For the last 12 months, researchers in CLARITY: Centre for Sensor Web Technologies (www.clarity-centre.org) have been working with Irish artists Connolly-Cleary, the only two living Irish artists to have had an exhibition in the Pompidou Centre (http://www.connolly-cleary.com). DCU's contribution has been to act as scientific advisors and to provide technology to help facilitate the artists' investigations into human perception. Our joint piece in Dublin Contemporary 2011 was cited as the  "Stand Out Exhibit" according to one reviewer (Guide2Dublin).

This year, as part of the Dublin City of Science initiative, we are running a public exhibition in Farmleigh House, from 15 March - 22 July. The exhibition, entitled  Hall of Mirrors, addresses different aspects of how we perceive ourselves and the world around us, and is designed to be interactive, hands on and fun! Since it's opening the exhibition has attracted over 10,000 visitors. The exhibition is part of the the Dublin City of Science Public Engagement Programme and features a strong educational outreach component. After Farmleigh, the exhibition will tour to the  Limerick Gallery of Art, Solstice Art Centre in Navan and Ballina. The exhibition was recently reviewed in the Sunday Times piece "Time to make an exhibition of yourself" where it was referred to as "beautiful, intelligent and fun". 

Connolly-Cleary - Dutch Wax


March 2012: Engineers Week at DCU

The Faculty of Engineering and Computing hosted Engineers Week for the fifth running here in DCU. The aim of the week is to create awareness and enthusiasm about the engineering profession and engineering as a career. Faculty staff and students welcomed over 300 primary school students aged 10 - 14 on campus for a week and got them involved in exciting engineering demonstrations. Activities including how to build a robot, how to build a car were two of the activities run by Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. The children also had a chance to see activities from Electronic Engineering such as Digital imaging and hydrogen powered cars. Once the hydrogen cars were built and fully fuelled, the cars competed against each other so see which group had the car that kept running for the longest time. The excitement of the race could be heard throughout the building! The students particularly loved the solar powered bugs and had great fun watching how they bounce around purely on solar power.

Year on year the event has been a great success and yet again we were fully booked for 2012!  For more information contact Christine.stears@dcu.ie


2012 Engineers Week


Oct 2011: Integrated Circuit Festival

Over 40 students and local faculty participated in the Integrated Circuit Festival sponsored by the Microelectronics Industry Design Association (MIDAS) of Ireland, where SSCS AdCom member Jake Baker presented a short course on designing CMOS analog integrated circuits for fabrication through the MOSIS program (www.mosis.com).  Coordinated by Dr. Donnacha Lowney of the AMS Group at Xilinx, Ireland, and held on the campus of Dublin City University on 24-27 October 2011, the four-day event aimed at encouraging engineering students to pursue IC-related careers by instructing them on the design and fabrication of analog integrated circuits and outlining the support structures necessary for such instruction in the participant's home institutions.   

Jake Baker at DCU at the Integrated Circuit Festival

SSCS AdCom member Jake Baker at DCU with students and faculty at the Integrated Circuit Festival


June 2011: DCU Students Honoured by Enterprise Ireland

A team of students from Dublin City University (DCU) has today (Friday, 17 June 2011) been named ‘College Entrepreneur of the year 2011’ and won the prestigious top prize of €10,000 at this year’s Enterprise Ireland Think Outside the Box Awards, with their project Team Prometheus.  The team represented by Oisin O Doinn and Eoin Markey (Digital Media Engineering) invented a system that can pinpoint the exact location of fire fighting crew in action, non-intrusively and in real-time. In case a fire fighter becomes incapacitated in the line of duty the new system allows them to be located and recovered as quickly as possible. The device also detects the coordination of the crew members and can help manage them more effectively in those emergency situations.

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October 2010: Enterprise Ireland Innovation Awards

On October 20th 2010, the CDVP/CLARITY INSPECT project was awarded Enterprise Ireland's Innovation Award for ICT for 2010, at EI's annual showcase event in Croke Park. The award was presented by Minister Conor Lenihan and collected by David Sadlier and Noel O Connor on behalf of the team.  The team consists of Noel O Connor, David Sadleir, Paul Ferguson, Dian Zhang, Ciaran O Conaire, Hyowon Lee and Cathal Gurrin. The project, an Innovation Partnership funded by EI, is a collaboration with local Irish company Fairview Analytics (http://www.fairview-analytics.com/). Over the last year, on foot of the project's success,  DCU technology has been licensed to Fairview, they have moved into INVENT, been awarded HPSU (High Potential Start Up) status by EI and are about to close a round of significant private investment.  

The project developed the InSPeCT (Integrated Surveillance for Port Container Traffic) system that has been deployed in Rosslare port where it is in 24/7 operation since April. It analyses video from CCTV and Vehicle Monitoring cameras and provides analysis of vehicle traffic that passes through border crossings and seaports. InSPeCT automatically reads and records the container number and vehicle number plate and has integrated video playback. InSPeCT utilizes advanced query and search techniques for the efficient retrieval of information. see: http://www.fairview-analytics.com/solutions.html


October 2010: Accenture GRADchances event

Accenture are offering final year students and graduates the chance to meet with them, take part in skills workshops and find out exactly what they're looking for when hiring grads.  The events take place through October and November - visit www.accenture.com/gradchances for further information.


Student Engineering Society

If you are interested in helping establish the new Student Engineering Society in DCU, the first discussion meeting is taking place Thursday 7th October.  Please contact David at engcomputing@dcusu.ie for further information and to indicate your interest.


April 2010 Cancer Early Detection Initiative

Pre-cancer stage is a focus of early detection initiative New approaches are being developed that could eventually help doctors to pick out and treat unusual growths on the bowel wall. View the full article on the Irish Times website


April 2010 - Economy and Shortages Affect the European Job Outlook

The bigger high-tech companies in Europe are recruiting Electronic Engineers. Talent is in short supply, especially for smaller firms looking for very specific skills. For more information, please see the IEEE Spectrum article here.


March 2010 - Computer Aided Detection Technology Licensed to Biotronics3D

Dublin City University (DCU) has agreed to license its breakthrough Computer Aided Detection (CAD) technology to Biotronics3D a London-based company, active in the research, development and marketing of advanced, image-based medical diagnostic devices.  The solution, developed at DCU’s Centre for Image Processing and Analysis (CIPA), is designed to assist in the early detection and treatment of colon cancer. Computed Tomography Colongraphy (CTC) also known as Virtual Colonoscopy (VC) is an alternative to traditional endoscopic optical colonoscopy procedures. Using the VC approach, the patient undergoes a non-invasive CT scan of the colon from which a computer generated 3D image of the organ is displayed on a workstation. The CAD tool automatically identifies abnormalities on the colon surface and identifies these on the computer display to assist the clinician in diagnosis. The CAD technology is the result of an extensive multi-year research programme led by Professor Paul Whelan. The project involved a broad multidisciplinary research team at CIPA in DCU, and was supported by leading consultant clinicians in Ireland, Dr. Helen Fenlon and Dr. Padraic Mac Mathuna. Of the license agreement Professor Whelan stated, “We look forward to engaging with the Biotronics3D team to bring this DCU research to market.”


October 2009 - Kingspan looking for 2 graduate engineers

Kingspan have been in touch with the EE school regarding two vancancies they are looking to fill.  One position is for a Divisional Projects Engineer, which will deal with project management of equipment installment and upgrades.  The second position is for a Divisional Controls Engineer, who will deal with control system design.  Both roles require travel flexibility (national and international).  For the full job spec and application details, please email ruth.blayney@dcu.ie


9th June 2009 - Postgraduate Accommodation Scholarships

The Graduate Research Office would like to announce the 2009/10 postgraduate accommodation scholarship scheme. This scheme is open to all incoming first year full-time postgraduate research students. Students who register from 1st April 09 onwards are eligible to apply. Students must be nominated by their supervisors and all details can be found at the link below: http://www.dcu.ie/graduate_research/scholarships.shtml Please note the closing date for applications is Wednesday 1st July.  Any queries on the scheme can be directed to graduate.research@dcu.ie


June 2009 - Don't forget to transfer your Engineers Ireland membership!

All students graduating this year from DCU Engineering Degrees, who currently have an Engineers Ireland student membership account, should contact the Third Level Liaison Officer at EI in order to get the membership transferred to full membership (this is free in the first year of graduation).  You can read up on this here


May 2009 - DME student wins 'Bright Ideas Competition'

The DCU Entrepreneurial & Social Society 'Bright Ideas Competition' was comprised of four DCU students presenting their ideas to a panel in a Dragons Den setting.  The judging panel consisted of Richard Stokes (CEO Invent), Donal O'Shea (CEO Slidepath) and Bernard Hensey (CEO Phive Plasma Technologies).  The concept behind each project was explained and demonstrated in front of the judging panel.  The overall winner Allan Dixon (Digital Media Engineering 4th Year) received a cheque for €500 from the Dublin City Enterprise Board for his project utilising Google Map technology for an events portal.


April 2009 - ESB to recruit 250 engineers

ESB have announced that they will be recruiting up to 250 engineers over the next 5 years. The electricity company is focusing on the development of new energy technologies, and this is where the majority of the new positions will stem from. The company stated in their media briefing (16th April) that it was developing new infrastructures including smart metering, biomass, telecoms and also a recharge system for the growing number of electric cars. Source - ESB


April 2009 - DME student has commercial success with IPHONE and IPOD applications

Steven Troughton-Smith, a first-year student of Digital Media Engineering, has been declared Ireland’s most successful software developer for Apple’s iPhone. Steven has created numerous software games and programmes for Apple’s App Store, an area where iTunes offers free and paid-for downloadable applications for iPhones and iPod Touch multimedia players. Stephen's first major success came with Speed, an application which uses the GPS technology in an iPhone to tell you what speed you are traveling at. It was downloaded 36,000 times in the first six days it was available.  While Speed "took an hour to figure out", Stephen’s next project ‘Lights Off’ took 175 days to work out. Just five days after its launch on the Apps Store last month, he sold almost 700 copies in a single day. It generated profits of $2,200 in the first five days of its release. 

Steven Troughton-Smith iPhone Development


April 2008 - Remote Control Car Fabrication

First year engineering 'Remote Control Car Fabrication' module came to a close in ‘The Venue’ where 23 teams competed against each other for the coveted first place position. The event highlighted the unique designs and teamwork involved by all students over the past year, an entertaining afternoon for all who attended as the cars battled it out on the pitch. Many congratulations to all students involved and also to the winning team with their successful design 'HEX:HK', no doubt a career in Formula 1 racing looks very likely. Pictured, Dr Noel Murphy presenting first prize to winning team members, Kevin Martin, Hozaifa  El Sayed, and Xiao Liu.  Also First year Engineering students 2008, and their various designs.

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March 2008 - Mobile Robotics

Congratulations to the winning team in the School of Electronic Engineering 3rd year 'Mobile Robotics Competition'.  This 3rd year Mobile Robotics module involved students working in teams to design and constructed a microprocessor based mobile robot.  Shown are the winning team members,  Dian Zhang, Xiang Ye, and Keyang Dai receiving their prize from sponsor Mr. Pat Devlin, of Farnell Ireland.

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Feb 2008: "Engineered - A Week of Wonder"

The School of Electronic Engineering and the School of Mechanical Engineering jointly hosted the DCU element of the Steps "Engineered - A Week of Wonder".  The event took place on February 14th and 15th and was attended by over two hundred 8 - 14 year olds (and many parents).   For further details on the DCU element please visit http://www.dcu.ie/electronics/wow.  For further details on the Steps Week of Wonder Programme please visit  www.weekofwonder.ie . Pictured are Edward Nash and John Smith participating in 'Make Your Own Car' activity.       


Feb 2008: DCU Graduate Scoops GAA All Star Award

Eoin Kennedy, a PhD Graduate of the School of Electronic Engineering, was yesterday named the Vodafone GAA All Star Handball award winner for 2007.  His domination of Handball’s major prizes at home and abroad is further illustrated by the fact that this is the fourth time in seven years that Kennedy has been selected for the Vodafone award.  For further information.