Logica Presentations 2000

- by Derek Molloy.


        On the 29th March 2000 the top three groups from the undergraduate EE309 - Object Oriented Programming module traveled to Logica to present their third year projects. The students presenting were from both the Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering undergraduate programmes (press on the images for larger versions).

The project involved developing client/server 'pseudo' SMS applications to demonstrate their knowledge of OOP and Java after completing a 6 week course in their third year module. The project involved developing a phone interface application that communicated with a server over TCP. The server that they developed had to store and pass messages from the client phones onto other client phones as they connected to the server.

The general quality of the projects in the course was high making it difficult to choose the three best projects out of a total of 15 groups. The final three projects had implemented features such as: advanced interfaces, SMS encryption (using IP) and threaded serving. They also demonstrated a good knowledge of OO design, group work and Java network programming.

The groups that went forward for presentation and their final results were:

1st Prize Group 9 - Keith Sweeney, Adam Neary and Keith Critchley (presentation available for Internet Explorer 5+ and Adobe Acrobat) 5+ 573k
2nd Prize Group 14 - Jamie Crotty and Oliver Corrigan (presentation available for Internet Explorer 5+ and Adobe Acrobat) 5+ 1.34M
3rd  Prize Group 13 - Richard Keeling, Liam Brett and Kevin Delaney (presentation available for Internet Explorer 5+ (pdf was too large)) 5+ n/a

The presentations were judged by Paul McCarthy, Brendan McGee and Paul Clarke (DCU graduate), all from Logica. The prizes supplied by Logica were generous, with the three winners receiving 250 travel vouchers each, the 2nd place group receiving 150 Arnotts vouchers each and the 3rd place group receiving 70 recreational vouchers each.

Paul McCarty (Logica) presenting some of the winners with their prizes.

After lunch the groups were brought on a tour of Logica in Dublin, so see the work environment of graduate engineers and to also see the kind of equipment involved in Logica's business.

Founded in 1969, Logica is a leading international company in helping other leading organisations worldwide maximise value from investments in information technology by supplying a range of services to the highest professional standards.

Their broad customer base covers a wide range of market sectors including finance, space, telecommunications, computing and electronics, government, defence, energy and utilities, transport and industry. The scale of the tasks they carry out for their customers range from one day assignments by a single consultant to undertakings requiring large teams over several years.

Some of the photos from the tour, where the finalists were brought on a tour of the Logica premises.

This type of co-operative activity between DCU and industry allows undergraduate students to become familiar with presentation in a work environment before they embark on their INTRA work placement period. It will aid them in their final year presentations and indeed in their final career.

Our thanks go out  to Logica for their kind sponsorship and hosting of this event.