NCI Blog

How To Get Your Head Around Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

Posted by Teresa Murray on 01 April 2021
A lot of us have some idea of Artificial Intelligence (AI) - or at least think we do - if only from the movies. At its most sophisticated, we might think of the replicants in Blade Runner (with a bit of bioengineering thrown in), while considering Ex Machina or Chappie as more likely to become Science Fact within our lifetimes. However, often robots, even humanoid ones, don’t have Artificial Intelligence, they cannot read their surroundings and respond to them, but only perform a single pre-programmed task. These machines help us *do* things more quickly or carry out repetitive physical processes; AI helps us *think* more quickly, sorting through vast amounts of information.
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Breaking Barriers: Laura’s Path to Tech Leadership

Posted by Andrea Leyden on 26 March 2021
When NCI graduate Laura Buckley selected the BSc (Honours) in Technology Management as her top choice on her CAO form, she didn’t know which aspect of the course she would enjoy more; business or technology. Her talent for the business and IT management subjects soon became evident and, equipped with a solid foundation in computing and a focus on business management, Laura set her sights on becoming a leader in the technological/agile project space.
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How To Get Your Head Around Blockchain

Posted by Teresa Murray on 15 March 2021
A quick search at time of writing this blog post displayed 240 Blockchain roles currently recruiting in Ireland through LinkedIn alone. Even if you are not currently job-searching, you will have come across the word in news reports and articles about everything from Brexit to cybersecurity to cryptocurrency. This is your speedy guide to understanding what people are talking about when they mention ‘Blockchain’.
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Can Data Analytics Play an Important Role in HR at TikTok?

Posted by Andrea Leyden on 05 February 2021
Human resource management, data analytics, economics and TikTok… John Geraghty, HR Business Partner at TikTok, explains how these areas come together in his current role. Drawing from his undergraduate degree, his interest in data and economics has kept him grounded and ensured that he has always based his decisions on facts and tangible metrics. Studying the MA in Human Resource Management at NCI was a real lightbulb moment for John; he was certain that this was the field he wanted to pursue a career in. Starting off in recruitment, he soon moved into HR roles in technology companies where he developed an understanding of the impact of employee insights on business success. This sparked a desire to develop analytical skills to make decisions that would drive business growth, leading him to study the Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics at NCI.
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How Molly Combined Marketing and Data Analytics at RTÉ

Posted by Andrea Leyden on 06 January 2021
Molly interviewing Tommy Tiernan about his chat show, image taken pre-covid. Photo credit: Bren murphy Rubbing shoulders with the stars isn't something you imagine doing as a data analyst. However, NCI data analytics graduate, Molly O'Dwyer, has found a way to combine her creative marketing side with her analytical strengths in her role as a Social Media and Data Lead at RTÉ where she works on shows such as The Late Late Toy Show and The Tommy Tiernan Show. While 1.5 million viewers tuned in to watch the record-breaking Late Late Toy Show in November, Molly was hard at work sharing special moments from the show with online audiences and uncovering insights from online engagements and behaviour.
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Online Teaching Strategies for Active Learning and Engagement

Posted by Dr Michael Goldrick on 16 December 2020
The world of education changed this year. Where once, the idea of blended or fully-online teaching and learning was an option, or even an aspiration, this year has necessitated an adaptation for most of us, to technology enhanced learning.
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From Rugby to Cybersecurity: Opening New Career Opportunities with NCI

Posted by Andrea Leyden on 29 September 2020
While rugby is a demanding sport, Ireland Men’s Sevens player Ian Fitzpatrick set himself another challenge last year; to gain a qualification in cybersecurity from National College of Ireland.
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Watch: AI/Machine Learning Explained by an Expert

Posted by Andrea Leyden on 24 September 2020
Dr Anu Sahni from NCI's School of Computing recently hosted a webinar focusing on the area of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, giving participants a taste of what it would be like to study the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing specialising in AI/ML.
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Studying Blockchain at NCI: Technical Knowledge Required & Other Key Questions Answered

Posted by Andrea Leyden on 22 September 2020
The Higher Diploma in Computing specialising in Blockchain offered through Springboard+ and the Human Capital Initiative (HCI) starts in January 2021. This one-year course is offered free of charge to those who are unemployed and at a reduced rate of 10% of the course fee to those who are currently in employment (the student contribution fee for this course is €540).
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Want to Become a Business Analyst? Fully Funded Course Places Available at NCI

Posted by Andrea Leyden on 18 September 2020
Business Analysts play a key role in developing solutions and ideas to improve the performance of businesses. With COVID-19 currently reshaping businesses and livelihoods, becoming a Business Analyst will give you the opportunity to demonstrate the value of your analytical skills and the contribution you can bring to your employer.
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