Two IT students scoop CISCO award for Best Final Year project

CISCO Award for the Best Final Year Project: BSc in Computer Science and Information Technology L-R: Professor Peter McHugh Dean of CoEI, Darren King, Colin Barbour CISCO, Dr Michael Schukat, Head of Discipline of Information Technology
Nov 06 2017 Posted: 11:03 CST

Two IT students scooped the top prize for the CISCO sponsored best final year project at a recent awards ceremony, organised by the Discipline of Information Technology at NUI, Galway. Alexandru Locodi (Galway) and Darren King (Moate, Co Westmeath) completed their fourth year in the BSc Computer Science and Information Technology programme and were joint winners of the award. The standard of final year projects was so high that the decision was made to split the award equally between Darren and Alexandru. 

Alexandru Locodi’sproject explored the conditions for cooperation in spatial evolutionary game theory. The classical prisoner's dilemma was adopted as an interaction model, and his winning project was supervised by Dr Colm O’Riordan.  Alexandru is currently pursuing a PhD at the IT Discipline.

Darren King’sproject looked at advanced machine learning, providing a study of reinforcement learning and various factors that affect the speed of learning in autonomous agent environments. This type of research is required for future advances in robotics and automated vehicles, and was supervised by Dr Enda Howley.

The award was presented by Colin Barbour from CISCO, at a ceremony which took place on Friday, October 20th in the IT building at NUI, Galway.  In attendance were Sean Kyne TD,  Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development, Professor Peter McHugh, Dean of the College of Engineering and Informatics and Dr Michael Schukat, Head of Discipline of Computer Science and Information Technology.

Speaking at the event, Dr Schukat said: “As award winners, you have displayed your ability for innovation, excellence and commitment to your education. The diversity of your projects reflects the ever changing demands of computer science and information technology.  You are at the forefront of your field and have already made key advances in these specialised areas through your research.

 “The willingness of our company sponsors to support our students is very much appreciated and is testament to the close relationship we have with industry. We want to continue to expand our community and industry engagement, and it is events such as this that continue to bring us together.

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