Spotlight on computer science innovators

The spotlight fell firmly on both the computer science innovators and innovations of tomorrow at a special showcase held in Trinity as postgraduate students presented their next-gen research to industry guests this morning.

The theme of the showcase – Building a Research Relationship with TCD – speaks to the unique opportunity it provides for MSc candidates from the School of Computer Sciences and Statistics to meet and engage with future potential employers in the computer science and technology sector.

Over 30 MSc candidates will display posters about their work, with guests from industry, academia and public service offered the chance to grab a sneak peek at the latest technology and talent emerging from Trinity.

The event will kick off with a breakfast seminar focusing on how businesses can grow by engaging in research relationships with Trinity. This will be followed by poster displays in the O’Reilly Institute at which guests can informally meet with prospective employees and interact with academics and researchers to identify possible future collaborations.

Students will be displaying research projects completed as part of their MSc programmes. Examples of these research projects, which fall into one of four distinct strands (Data Science, Intelligent Systems, Future Networks, Augmented and Virtual Reality), include:

Analysis and prediction of intrusion attempts on internet servers (Data Science strand): This research aims to enhance “Intrusion Detection Systems”, which are akin to burglar alarms for internet servers. Exploring data can provide information on attack trends and geo-spatial and temporal patterns, from which Machine Learning systems can be developed to predict malicious activity.

“eCommute” – a smart mobility system to generate sustainable, personalised and context-aware route recommendations (Intelligent Systems strand): This project aims to develop an automated and personally adaptive software solution that optimises the use of public transport systems and at the same time reduces a user’s carbon footprint.

Blockchain-based mobile wi-fi roaming (Future Networks strand): This project investigates the design, implementation and evaluation of a blockchain-based Wi-Fi roaming solution, which will allow users to roam freely between a cellular network and a Wi-Fi network with an existing identification issued by the carrier. Blockchain technology allows trust to be established between cellular carriers and Wi-Fi network providers for authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) protocols that can be used in billing and profit sharing.

Multi-view camera synthesis for improved 3D reconstruction (Augmented & Virtual Reality strand): This research proposes to improve digital 3D reconstructions of human motion by using a neural network to synthesise novel images that can be inserted to fill in gaps in between images that have been captured by real cameras.

Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Trinity, John Dingliana, said:

We look forward to seeing our students present examples of work-in-progress research that they are conducting within the School’s new MSc in Computer Science programme. These research projects require a commitment of 600-750 hours of work over the academic year, culminating in the submission of a dissertation in mid-August.

The research projects, a selection of which will be on show at the event, represent very specialised work, which we expect to deliver novel results that address some of today’s cutting-edge technological challenges.

For a full list of research projects on display, see here.

For more details about the MSc in Computer Science programme, see here.