Liberty IT hosts ‘Recursion” – ITB Computing end of year show

The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) was delighted to showcase their fourth year students in Informatics end of year project exhibition on Thursday May 17th at Liberty IT’s facility in Blanchardstown.

Showcasing the best of innovations in computing, the exhibition featured student’s work from final year projects on the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing and also three groups from the year three group projects. Visitors to the exhibition witnessed a wide range of engaging, creative projects featuring mobile application development, java development, text processing, computer vision and games development and computational intelligence. The top three, year-four projects were voted for by Liberty IT staff and the final order was be decided by a panel of judges. Prizes included Amazon Echo Dot, Raspberry Pi Starter Kits and vouchers.

From the courses’ inauguration in 1999, ITB’s computing programme has attracted an impressive cohort of creative, dynamic and talented students who are passionate about technology: Students who have a serious competence in computing and have developed the skills to allow them to contribute to today’s interconnected world.

The Head of School of Informatics and Engineering at ITB, Dr Anthony Keane said of the exhibition, “Congratulations to the class of 2018 on successfully reaching the end of their college degree and presenting us with their final year projects. As the daily life of lectures, labs, assessments, deadlines, exams, results, happiness, disappointment, fears, triumphs, classmates, discussions ends, so starts a new set of challenges and new experiences as they begin their careers in society.”

“Education has long been recognised as the differentiator between poverty and wealth opportunity and especially in today’s World of technology, where people having a degree in Computing is highly valued by employers. Information Technology is the backbone of the World from big corporate enterprises to personal individual behaviours”, he continued. Daniel McSweeney, Head of Department of Informatics and Engineering said, “Creativity, caring and empathy are not often the first words that spring to mind when we think of Computing. The public’s perception of computing is often framed by the stereotypical masculine image of a cold computer scientist pouring over algorithms and data sets. And yet, when I survey this group of projects, I am taken aback by the level of creativity involved in the design and development of each. They feature many of the core elements of a scientific approach to computing, but surrounding those elements is a project which aims to meet a real human need, be it the need to monitor driver behaviour, a learning application, a tool for visualising data sets, an application for carers, a guide to creative Fingal, or a companion for senior citizens. These students have adopted an ethos of technology for the benefit of others, a tool to enrich the lives of our citizens, families and friends. It’s a noble quality that is often neglected in the discourse surrounding the computing discipline and I’m delighted to see it to the forefront of many projects this year. Its presence is no fluke! Our academic staff have shaped an educational experience of care and inclusion, challenging our students to use their skills for the benefit of themselves and others. In their years in ITB, the students have been fortunate to work with a team of academics who care about their individual and collective development. The form and quality of the projects on display is also a credit to all of the hard work of the academic community in the department”.

Felim O’Donnell Director, Liberty IT explained that “having established a base in Blanchardstown just four years ago, it was important for Liberty IT to build a strong relationship with our local Higher Education Institute. Addressing the final year students, he went on to say “I would encourage all of you, no matter what road you end up travelling- whether you work for yourself, for a small company or even for a multinational to always seek out opportunities to learn. Computing as a discipline will continue to evolve making it challenging and fun to keep up with the latest technological advances”.

Recursion is the brainchild of Stephen Sheridan, Course Coordinator for the final year of the BSc (Hons) in Computing at ITB.

According to Stephen, “the final year project is an integral part of ITB’s undergraduate computing programme and gives students the opportunity to demonstrate all of the computing knowledge and skills they have acquired in their four years of study at ITB. In particular, the project gives students the chance to work on a long-term project from its initial conception right through to a final demonstration of a working system. Having the experience of a full software development life cycle is a critical skill for our computing graduates and our collaboration with Liberty IT gives students the chance to get valuable feedback and insight from industry professionals as well as experiencing a real-world software development working environment. It is always a pleasure to coordinate and supervise year four projects and the year four supervision team and myself would like to wish all our computing graduates the best of luck in their future careers and as it states in the 2018 Project Brochure “Keep in touch!”

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