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Alumni Workshop 2013

Educating Computer Scientists and Engineers for the 21st Century

About the Event

The School of Computer Science and Statistics and its Alumni are jointly organising an Alumni Workshop on Friday 12th April, 2013. The workshop will allow Alumni and academics to discuss the skills needed by Computer Science and Computer Engineering graduates for the 21st century. It is vital that both the School and Ireland remain globally competitive by educating graduates that meet the needs of industry and society at large and this workshop will help to make sure that this continues to happen. This initiative, which follows a successful Alumni Entrepreneurial event held in 2010, is in line with the TCD Globalisation Strategy whereby Schools engage more with their Alumni.

The workshop is being organised as both a working and social event and is aimed at Alumni who are graduates of our BA Computer Science, BA Computer Science and Language, BAI Electronic and Computer Engineering and BAI Computer Engineering programmes, together with MSc and PhD graduates from Computer Science.

The event opens with an informal buffet lunch in the O'Reilly Institute, the workshop itself in the Alexander Hotel and then dinner in the TCD Dining Hall. The target workshop attendance is 100, organised as 10 round tables with 8 Alumni and 2 academics at each table. Additional places will be available for the dinner only.

Annrai O'Toole, one of our well known alumni, co-founder of Iona Technologies and currently European CTO at Workday has kindly agreed to act as the workshop Chair.

Our thanks to our guest speaker, Antony Courtney:

Antony has spent the past eight years at a major Wall Street financial services firm developing software for quantitative risk management, derivatives modeling and analysis of large data sets. Before entering finance, he worked in the software industry at various established firms, small startup companies, and industrial and academic research labs.

A Yale University graduate with an MPhil in 2003 and an MS and PhD in Computer Science in 2004, Antony is also a TCD scholar and a graduate of the TCD Computer Science class of 1995.

Having recently married, Antony and his wife are in the process of moving back to his home town of San Francisco.

Our thanks also to Accenture, SAP and First Derivatives for their sponsorship.

Schedule Friday 12th April, 2013

Buffet Lunch
O'Reilly Institute

13:00 Buffet lunch in the O’Reilly Institute
Alexander Hotel
14:00 Welcome Address (Jeremy Jones, Head of School)

Overview of Academic Programmes

14:30 The Fundamentals
15:45 Coffee Break
16:00 Creativity and Wealth Generation
17:00  Coffee Break
17:15  The Unique Selling Point
18:10 Summary and Closing Remarks
Dining Hall TCD
19:00 Pre-dinner reception
19:30 Dinner with guest speaker

Workshop Structure

In order to provide some structure and context to the Workshop, it is important to remember that the School's 5 year Integrated MCS and MAI programmes are accredited by Engineers Ireland (EUR ACE). The accreditation process ensures that all students achieve the seven programme outcomes (see page 19 of Accreditation Criteria for Engineering Education Programmes, Engineers Ireland):

a) Knowledge and understanding of the mathematics, sciences, engineering sciences and technologies underpinning their branch of engineering.

b) The ability to identify, formulate, analyse and solve engineering problems.

c) The ability to design components, systems or processes to meet specific needs.

d) The ability to design and conduct experiments and to apply a range of standard and specialised research tools and techniques.

e) Understanding of the need for high ethical standards in the practice of engineering, including the responsibilities of the engineering profession towards people and the environment.

f) The ability to work effectively as an individual, in teams and in multi-disciplinary settings, together with the capacity to undertake lifelong learning.

g) The ability to communicate effectively with the engineering community and with society at large.

These seven outcomes will be the basis for discussion under the following headings:

  1. The Fundamentals
  2. Creativity and Wealth Generation
  3. The Unique Selling Point

Facilitators will be appointed at each table in advance and each heading will be discussed using the following format

Introduction by an Alumnus and a SCSS academic (globally not at at each table!)

Round table discussion
Facilitator returns 10 key points from each table
Results from all tables consolidated for the summary session


Registration is now closed.

Total cost for participants which includes lunch, workshop and dinner: €20. A further 100 places for the dinner in the TCD Dining Hall will be open to Alumni and guests not attending the workshop at a cost of €75 per person

Further Information

For further information, please email the School's Global Officer Catherine McDonald

Unfortunately car parking is not available on campus. Car parking within the vicinity of TCD can be found at the following link.

Alumni Committee

Dan Crowley, Stuart Coulson, Shane Naughton, Mark Dineen and Jeremy Jones
last updated: 5-Feb-2012