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Computing - Multimodal Human Language Technology

Overview
Information Technology is one of Ireland’s most important economic sectors, employing approximately 5% of the Irish workforce and accounting for a third of Irish exports (€32 billion per annum). The Dublin region has a significant concentration of IT multinationals similar to Silicon Valley and through its successes in the IT sector, Ireland has built an enviable international reputation as a technology center that is leveraged to attract investment to other sectors.

Against the background of growth in demand for IT courses and the needs of the business community, the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) have designed a new level 9 Master of Science in Computing degree where we expect to be a significant contributor to the needs of the economy and the regional business and social community.

The 90 credits NFQ level 9 masters programme will be made up of a taught component and a research project component. The emphasis of the programme is on applied skills with modules designed with the collaboration of industry and academia and where possible, modules will include content from industry certifications. The research component will be focused on real-world business problems and where possible, the research project will be completed during an internship with a company.

The courses are suitable for both entrants to a new discipline that require a broader range of taught modules to familiarize themselves with the skills and knowledge of the discipline and for specialist employees who want to up-skill in their specialist areas and require a narrow range of taught modules and more emphasis on the research skills project of the degree.

With our new degree structure, we seek to be flexible and responsive to industry needs while still maintaining a high standard of academic excellence.

Students will be required to take a minimum of 3 taught modules worth 10 credits each, giving a total of 30 credits. Students then have the option of two different paths to complete the 90 credits required for this master’s degree. One option is to take three more taught modules and a 30-credit research project. This path would suit students who are new to the discipline and require more taught modules and a smaller research project.

The other path is to take a 60 credit research project module route. This path would suit students who have a background in the discipline and who wish to dedicate more time to the research element of the masters and develop their research capabilities.

The MSc Research Project is a significant amount of work as it comprises from one-third to two-thirds of the credits for the masters. The research project will have at it core an applied component and incorporate the collecting and analyzing data for improving decision making purposes.

Human Language Technology (HLT) refers to a rapidly evolving interdisciplinary field concerned with one of our most pervasive commodities: human language (both spoken and written) and its interaction with computers. In the past decade it has become an increasingly central component in the field of computer science, as it has become increasingly prevalent in our lives.

Human Language Technology is concerned with human language, as it appears in emails, web pages, tweets, product descriptions, newspaper stories, social media, and scientific articles, in thousands of languages worldwide. Successful human language technology applications have become part of our everyday experience.

The Human Language technology professional will have expertise in the domain areas of computer science, computer engineering and linguistics and combining expertise in these domain area provides us with a myriad of new and exciting innovations from conversational agents/avatars and automatic speech recognition on user devices to Internet search and machine translation of the world’s languages.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
The entry requirement to this Master of Science in Computing is a 2nd Class Honours Grade 2 (GPA 2.5 or equivalent), in a Bachelor of Science in Computing (NFQ level 8) programme, or equivalent.

Applicants who have progressed through the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (BN509) who wish to be admitted to this programme must have attained a 2nd Class Honours Grade 2 (GPA 2.5).

Applicants with a 2nd Class Honours Grade 2 (GPA 2.5 or equivalent), in a level 8 programme other than a Bachelor of Science in Computing (NFQ level 8) may be admitted. Applications from this cohort will be assessed based on a detailed curriculum vitae outlining relevant work experience and may be asked to interview to assess their suitability to undertake the level of work required and to assess their commitment to succeeding on this programme.

**Note for Graduates of Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (BN509) and Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Information Technology (BN103 & BN405):

Applicants who have progressed through the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (BN509) who wish to be admitted to this programme must have attained a 2nd Class Honours Grade 2 (GPA 2.5).

Applicants who have progressed through the Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Information Technology (BN103 & BN405) will be assessed based on a detailed curriculum vitae outlining relevant work experience and may be asked to interview to assess their suitability to undertake the level of work required and to assess their commitment to succeeding on this programme.

Duration

2 years (4 Semesters).

Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 6.00pm -10.00pm.

Number of credits

Credits for Full Award: 90 @ NFQ Level 9.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
As of now, most of the world's top IT companies have significant bases in Ireland (including, for example, IBM’s R&D centre and the European headquarters of Google, Microsoft, Facebook all based in Dublin) and a large portion of their language technology services are conducted in Europe. According to LT-Innovate (2014), with a growth in excess of 10%, year on year, language technology is the new frontier in IT and is a domain in which European researchers and companies have been pioneers for decades.

Graduates of this new specialist Masters programme will have an exciting range of career opportunities available to them, from machine translation, data analytics and speech processing, to e-learning, Internet search, and human-computer interaction.

Further enquiries

For further details please contact the marketing team on 01 885 1530 or e-mail: info@itb.ie.

Subjects taught

Year 1 Semester 1
•Natural Language Processing
•XML Ontologies for Corpus Building
•Linguistics for Human Language Technology

Year 1 Semester 2
•Data Structures & Algorithms for NLP
•Digital Corpus Linguistics
•Interactive Speech Processing

Year 2 Semester 3
•Avatar Technology
•Programming for NLP
•Intelligent Software Agents
•Machine Translation Paradigms

Year 2 Semester 4
•Research Skills & Ethics
•MSc Research Project

Students must complete 6 modules and a thesis. All Modules are 10 ECTS Credits. The MSc Research Project is 30 ECTS Credits.

The order of Module Delivery may differ from the listing above.

An award of ‘Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Computing’ may be granted if learners leave this programme having completed 6 taught modules and attained 60 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00.

Comment

Award title: Master of Science.

Course fee

€2,000 per year.

Requirements for funding
Applicants for the January 2018 intake may be considered for waived costs for participation on the programme in the event that the applicant is designated by ITB as a ‘conversion’ candidate. Typically, such candidates would hold a level 8 (or higher) qualification in a non-computing discipline. Candidates who hold a level 8 degree in computing which is 10 years or older at the time of application may also be considered for funding.

Candidates must be in a position to provide evidence that the candidate will cope with the learning objectives of the course. Decisions on funded places are made on a case by case basis and are at the discretion of the institute.

Enrolment and start dates

Contact the college for the next start date.

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