Friday, 22 August 2014

International Olympiad in Informatics 2014 - Medal Time

This year marked my third and final trip to IOI, and after a hairy finish in our national training camp, the AIPO, I was off to Taipei, Taiwan, to compete in the 26th International Olympiad in Informatics.

This year, our team was back to four, myself, Daniel Mulcahy, Áron Hoffman and Conor Griffin along with our leaders, Gary Conway and Ximo Planells, and after much training at the national camp held in DCU, we felt ready. Leaving Dublin in the afternoon, we arrived in Taipei after a stop in Dubai. Pretty tired and ready to get going, we waited for a while in the immigration queue, an over-eager immigration officer just dying to spend nearly half an hour trawling over each of our pretty European passports with a magnifying glass. On the bright side, he stamped them really neatly.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

International Olympiad in Informatics 2013

I was lucky enough again this year to be selected to represent Ireland at the International Olympiad for Informatics (IOI) 2013. This year the competition was being hosted by Australia, in Brisbane, Queenlands.

Brisbane City
Our team of three, myself, Maciej Goszczycki and Charlie Daly (our team leader) set off from Terminal 2 of Dublin Airport on the 2nd of July. What followed was roughly 30 hours of flights and airports. First to Heathrow, then to Dubai and finally to Brisbane. Needless to say, we were exhausted on arrival. I honestly didn't know what day it was by the end.
My room in Cromwell

We spent a few days in Brisbane city centre getting over our jet lag. Then we were picked up on Sunday morning by an IOI bus, to take us to Univesity of Queensland, where the competition was being hosted this year. We got off at St. John's College to regisiter, where we met with our guide, Gayathri, and got allocated our accommodation. Charlie was staying with the other leaders at St. Leo's College, while Maciej and I were staying at Cromwell's College (ahem).

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Monday, 28 January 2013

BT Young Scientist & Technologist Exhibition 2013

The Young Scientist is always fun and unlike last year I entered as individual, this time in the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences category. My project was called "Extensions to Conway's Game of Life using Biomimetic Algorithms to produce Practical Uses". All the code, along with my project report book is in available here.

Here is the Abstract:
The aim of this project is to research practical applications of the cellular automation, Conway's Game of Life. To do this, biomimetic algorithms are also used. An effort was made to extend Dr. Stephen Wolfram's pseudorandom number generation by way of one-dimensional cellular automation, into two dimensions. The output of this new two-dimensional pseudo random number generator is then compared to one pseudo random number generator and one true random number generator. The issues surrounding the performance of the generator are also addressed. This project is purely proof of concept that this method can be applied practically. It is hardly practical to do so however,because much more efficient and comprehensive generators are available. 
The exhibition was amazing this year, as always, and now I only have one year left to enter. Better start something big for next year...

Sunday, 21 October 2012

International Olympiad in Informatics 2012

The Competition Hall
- during the practice session
IOI 2012 took place this year from 23rd to 30th of September. I was lucky enough to be chosen to represent Ireland, as part of the four-person team. Ireland chooses their team from the top contestants of the AIPO, in which I came fourth.

The Olympiad was challenging to say the least, none of my team got a medal, but considering it was everyone's first time (even our leaders) at an IOI, we didn't mind too much. The tasks were interesting, and all of the security around the competition was bizarre. It was by far the largest, and most serious, competition I have ever entered in my life, so the idea of quarantine was strange to me, this was when the leaders had to translate tasks, so we were banned from internet, phones and leaving our house!

Sunday, 27 May 2012

4x4x4 LED Cube

I decided to make a LED Cube, based on Arduino and as minimalist and cheap as possible. In total the build was probably about €10 and took a couple of hours (mostly of soldering). Complete with a rat nest's of point to point wiring underneath (photos after the jump).