ITB News Latest ITB News Copyright ITB en-ie 60 General News ITB News <![CDATA[7th International Conference on Meaning and Knowledge Representation takes place at ITB]]>ITB President Dr. Diarmuid O'Callaghan opening the 7th International Conference on Meaning and Knowledge Representation at ITB

Natural language understanding systems require a knowledge base provided with formal representations reflecting the structure of human beings' cognitive system. This conference deals with meaning and knowledge representation in the context of natural language understanding from the perspective of theoretical linguistics, computational linguistics, cognitive science, knowledge engineering, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, text analytics or linked data and semantic web technologies.
Following the success of previous conferences, the 7th International Conference on Meaning and Knowledge Representation took place in ITB in early July. ITB was delighted to welcome over 60 delegates from all over the world to our campus.

ITB academic staff and students from our Master of Science in Computing (Multimodal Human Language Technology) presented at the conference.
Human Language Technology (HLT) refers to a rapidly evolving interdisciplinary field concerned with one of our most pervasive commodities: human language both spoken and written) and its interaction with computers. In the past decade it has become an increasingly central component in the field of computer science, as it has become increasingly prevalent in our lives.

Human Language Technology is concerned with human language, as it appears in emails, web pages, tweets, product descriptions, newspaper stories, social media, and scientific articles, in thousands of languages worldwide. Successful human language technology applications have become part of our everyday experience.
The Human Language technology professional will have expertise in the domain areas of computer science, computer engineering and linguistics and combining expertise in these domain area provides us with a myriad of new and exciting innovations from conversational agents/avatars and automatic speech recognition on user devices to Internet search and machine translation of the world's languages.

Details of our Master of Science in Computing (Multimodal Human Language Technology) can be found on our website here.]]>
Fri, 6 Jul 2018 15:06:07 EST
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Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:42:46 EST
<![CDATA[ITB Horticulture student scoops Student Entrepreneur Award ]]>
According to Geoff, 'No design for a pot currently exists that is suitable for automated production at scale, particularly for low-value herbaceous plants. My plant production process idea brings the benefits to wholesale commercial production - an industry worth 26 billion euros in Europe alone'.

Geoff went on to say "The horticulture syllabus at ITB is very broad and contains many enterprise/entrepreneurial subjects that have contributed to my reaching the finals of the 2018 Student Entrepreneur Awards".

Sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys and Grant Thornton, the Student Entrepreneur Awards offers third level students from all academic disciplines and courses of study the opportunity to realise their entrepreneurial ambitions. Geoff's idea faced stiff competition against ten other finalists from across the country, ultimately winning a merit along with a cash prize of 1,500 euros.

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:44:23 EST
<![CDATA[ITB's Ashling Smith Wins Draiocht's Inaugural Creative Digital Media Graduate Award ]]>
The award was open to this year's graduating students from the Creative Digital Media degree programme at ITB and was selected by Fiach MacConghail, CEO Digital Hub Development Agency. Mr. MacConghail described the field as strong and competitive with rich and varied work and he found the decision a difficult one, saying "I am selecting this graduate - Ashling Smith - because of the sculptural and painterly quality of the work, it's immersive multi media form which integrates sound, image and text. It is ultimately a considered work blending creativity and art. The artistic intention of the piece highlights the vulnerability and joy of making art."

On announcing the award Emer McGowan, Draiocht's Executive Director said: "Draiocht is delighted to be working with the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown to provide this exciting opportunity for a Graduate Student. Our Strategy 2018 - 2022 'Inspiring A Passion for the Arts' highlights our commitment to building partnerships and to supporting the work of emerging practitioners.This new award demonstrates Draiocht's commitment to these priorities." Emer McGowan

Hugh McCabe, Course Coordinator, Creative Digital Media, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) said: "Working with Draiocht on this award is a fantastic means of further developing the sorts of synergies between art, design and technology that are at the heart of the Creative Digital Media programme at ITB. We are delighted that the opportunity to collaborate with Draiocht is being offered to one of our students and look forward to seeing the results."

Further details on the award and Ashling's work can be found here

You can watch "Vision" here

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:34:00 EST
<![CDATA[Dr. Philip Owende conferred as Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland (FIEI) ]]>
Over 70 members of Engineers Ireland were conferred with Registered Professional Titles Award Ceremony held at the Institute of Engineers of Ireland Dublin on May 30, 2018.

Dr Philip Owende was among nine members to receive the title of Fellow, the highest level of membership awarded by Engineers Ireland. This title is reserved for engineers who have demonstrated a significant level of experience and professionalism. Dr. Owende is pictured above with Dr Kieran Feighan, President of Engineers Ireland.

Fellows of Engineers Ireland are recognised as the true leaders of the engineering profession and are regarded as highly skilled and in positions of leadership in the engineering community. Fellows also contribute to the future of engineering and promote excellence amongst the industry and to the ongoing goals of Engineers Ireland.

Thu, 7 Jun 2018 14:39:17 EST
<![CDATA[Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Liberty IT join forces to lead the Way for Young Women In Technology with their Coding4Girls Summer Camp ]]>
The Coding4Girls camp, which is funded by the HEA, evolved from a popular ITB schools initiative called 'Young Women in Technology', which has been successfully running in ITB since 2010. The Coding4Girls camp is open to all second level female students.

The Coding4Girls camp reflects the global push to boost the appeal of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) amongst young women. The camp will see the girls attend coding and engineering workshops, jointly delivered by staff volunteers from ITB and Liberty IT.

The camp aims to promote computing/technology/engineering as a career choice for female students with one of the key aspects of the programme to introduce positive female role models who have opted to be original and engage in a career that is traditionally more male dominated. ITB hopes that the programme would increase applications from females from local schools onto engineering and computing third level courses.

An integral part of the programme is the collaboration between ITB and Liberty IT who are both committed to the project. The project is a key part of ITB's drive to encourage more women to seek careers in STEM.

Michelle Looby, Lecturer Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, said; "Our research shows that traditionally considerably few girls than boys take up technology based subjects in second level and we feel that this a missed opportunity. Our project is all about giving girls an opportunity to explore technology and to consider other options. We have been very fortunate to partner with Liberty IT on this initiative and throughout the project the staff in Liberty IT have shown real commitment to promoting technology to females and we value their expertise, professionalism and fun they bring to the day."

Felim O'Donnell, Director of Operations at Liberty IT said; "We need to encourage more women to follow and carve out careers in industries that traditionally have been more male dominated. Liberty IT are delighted to collaborate with ITB on the Coding4Girls initiative. It's great to be able to give young women the opportunity to learn more about technology as a potential and rewarding career path."

Thu, 7 Jun 2018 14:19:23 EST
<![CDATA[Design Work begins on new Teaching Building at IT Blanchardstown ]]>11 new Higher Education buildings to provide over 8,000 new student places & 75,000m2 teaching and learning space across the country

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor T.D., today welcomed key progress on the government's Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme for the higher education sector.
Design teams have been appointed to 11 building projects, which are in Institutes of Technology across the country, including a new 4000 m2 teaching building at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB). The project at ITB is one that will help drive regional development and meet many of the skills needs that have been identified by the National Skills Council and the nine regional skills fora, which were established last year by Minister Bruton.

Welcoming the development, Dr Diarmuid O'Callaghan, President of ITB said "This state of the art project at ITB will help drive regional development and will be transformative for students and the region we serve here in Dublin North West. I am delighted that new ITB building will be part of the first tranche of projects to move towards planning stage". Dr. O'Callaghan went on to say 'This capital investment is timely, considering our recent application for designation as a Technological University with our partners in IT Tallaght and DIT, as it will support future growth on the Blanchardstown campus at a critical time for Higher Education in Dublin'.
This PPP Programme is being rolled-out alongside 367 million euro in funding from the Department of Education and Skills for investment in higher education over the period 2018-2021. Project Ireland 2040 provides for a significant ramping up in Exchequer funding to support infrastructure priorities in the higher education sector. 2.2 billion euro will be made available over the coming decade to support refurbishment, new buildings and equipment renewal in the sector. Welcoming the progress, Minister Bruton said: "We want to have the best education and training service in Europe by 2026. State of the art facilities in our higher education institutions is key to reaching our goal. These 11 projects across 11 Institutes of Technology will significantly boost the capacity of the sector to meet national and regional skills needs and to cater for the growing numbers of students entering the higher education system. Today's announcement confirming both the scope of the projects and the teams of architects and engineers who will bring the projects through the planning process represents a significant programme milestone."

Minister Mitchell O'Connor commented: "I am delighted to see the final scope and ambition of these projects. Capital investment is essential to enhancing the capacity and quality of the higher education system, and to delivering on the vision for future Technological Universities. Eight of the eleven projects in the programme are in Institutes of Technology that are currently part of TU consortia. I would like to congratulate the design teams on their appointments and look forward to seeing the first planning applications for these projects being submitted to the relevant local authorities before the end of this year."
The 11 projects will be advanced in two bundles providing 75,000m2 additional academic and teaching space and 8,000 new student places. The planning and initial design for a bundle of six projects will be delivered by a consortium of architects led by Coady Architects (incorporating FCBS & BDP Architects), who will be joined on this design team by JV Tierney and Mott McDonald Engineers.

A consortium of architects led by Taylor Architects (incorporating HJ Lyons & Mullarkey Pedersen Architects), and supported by RPS and BDP Engineers, will bring the remaining bundle of five projects through the planning process. Procurement of a PPP operator for each bundle is expected to commence later this year. The bundles will be subject to rigorous Value for Money tests to ensure suitability for procurement as PPPs before and during the tender process. ]]>
Tue, 5 Jun 2018 12:54:47 EST
<![CDATA[ITB and Fingal "Greener Way for Fingal" Garden awarded Gold Medal at Bloom in the Park ]]>
'The Greener Way for Fingal' was the title of this year's entry and its theme highlighted the potential for the development of multi-functional public spaces across Fingal. The garden was designed by Award-Winning Landscape Designer and ITB Lecturer Jane McCorkell, while the planting was carried out by ITB students of Horticulture under the direction of their lecturers. The participants of the Local Training Initiative managed by the DDLETB based in Bremore Castle, Balbriggan constructed all the hard landscape features. Many of the materials used in the garden construction will be reused in the restoration of Bremore Castle.

Bloom in the Park opened on Thursday, 31 May. President Michael D Higgins with his wife, Sabina Higgins, was one of the first visitors to the Fingal garden. Both the President and his wife were greeted by Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid, Senior Parks Superintendent at Fingal County Council, Kevin Halpenny and Designer Jane McCorkell.

Welcoming the award, Mr Kevin Halpenny said: "We are delighted to be given a gold medal for the 'Greener Way for Fingal'. The collaboration between Fingal, ITB and ETB allowed for the creation of a beautiful garden that highlights the potential we have in Fingal to develop public spaces that can be used for cycle routes, pedestrian routes, wildlife habitats, urban drainage systems and play areas which is vital to allow us increase sustainability."

Also present was Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley who said: "The Greener Way for Fingal is a celebration of the natural beauty found in our county. I'm delighted that the creativity, skills and hard work of Fingal staff, the ITB students and participants of the ETB have been recognised and rewarded."

Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid, said: "This year's Bloom entry is a great example of the county's commitment to sustainability, environmental well-being as well as maintaining parks and other public spaces. I'm delighted that 'The Greener Way for Fingal' has been so highly commended."

Congratulations to all involved.

Bloom runs from May 31st until June 4th. For full details see

Thu, 31 May 2018 16:12:10 EST