CIT Department of Mathematics
Department News
30 September 2020
Retirement of Hannah Lordan
Our esteemed colleague and friend Hannah Lordan is due to retire early next month after over 40 years of service to the institute. Hannah has been a stalwart of CIT and her experience, dedication, honesty, kindness and personality will be greatly missed by both staff and students of the institute.
12 June 2020
Dr Declan O'Connor in the Media
Our colleague Dr Declan O'Connor has had a number of pieces in media recently. Back in January Dr O'Connor was discussing the prices dairy farmers are getting in the market. With the advent of covid crisis, Dr O'Connor wrote here and here about some economic risks that dairy farmers face.
Finally Dr O'Connor compared the response of the USA and the EU to the current crisis.
May 2020
HDip and MSC Data Science Presentations
10 January 2020
REQUIRED Seminar
The seminar provided an overview of the approach to questionnaire design, and then guided the participants stepbystep through the processes of data collection, data analysis, and storage. The seminar was not intended to provide a manual of how to conduct a survey, but rather to identify common pitfalls and oversights to be avoided by researchers if their work is to be valid and credible.
REQUIRED  Research Ethics in QUestionnaIRE Design,

Guidelines to Designing a Reliable Questionnaire, Dr Helen Purtill, Lecturer in Statistics, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Limerick

Importance of a Statistical Analysis Plan, Dr Helen Purtill, Lecturer in Statistics, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Limerick

Research Integrity, Ethics & Questionnaires, Prof. Ger Kelly, Research Integrity Officer and Head, Department of Mechanical, Biomedical & Manufacturing Engineering, CIT
 Privacy from the Outset, John Dunne, Senior Statistician, Central Statistics Office
19 December 2019
HDIP AND MSC DATA SCIENCE PRESENTATIONS
December and May 2019
School of Science and Informatics Seminar
Two of our colleagues spoke at the first CIT SOSI Seminars. In May, Dr Declan O'Connor gave a talk titled “In the end it always comes back to the price of milk”  The journey of a dairy economist:
In December, Dr J.P. McCarthy gave a talk titled "Pure Mathematics  What's the Point?":
27 November 2019
Open PhD Research Position
Applications are currently been sought for a Teagasc PhD Walsh Fellowship “EXPLAINING INCOME VOLATILITY AND RISK MANAGEMENT DECISIONSON IRISH DAIRY FARMS”.
This funded PhD. Fellowship is a joint research project between Teagasc, Rural Economy and Development Programme, Athenry Co. Galway, and the Department of Mathematics, Cork Institute of Technology, and is due to begin in April 2020. For more details click here and here.
8 November 2019
SPIRIT MATHS SUCCESSFUL FUNDING APPLICATIOn
'SPIRIT Maths: Students’ Perceptions Informing and Redefining Innovative Teaching of Mathematics in Higher Education' is a studentcentred project that aims to ascertain learner needs in mathematics and produce a range of evidencebased learning resources tailored to student cohorts ranging from diagnostic testing to online learning resources (including Numbas and digital media content). It has been succesful in the National Forum Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement Funding in Higher Education 2019 call.
24 October 2019
Lee Fields Medal Results
Two weeks ago, Wednesday 9 October, we were very happy to see 25 intrepid students voluntarily sit the second annual Lee Fields Medal  CIT MATHS CHALLENGE.
First Prize
 Paschal Mullins
 2nd Year, Mechanical Engineering (Hons)
Second Prize
 Yi Ming Tan
 1st year, Computer Systems (Hons)
Best Level 7
 Shane Allen
 3rd Year, Mechanical Engineering (Level 7)
Best First Year
 Sofia Dolera Perez
 1st Year, Electronic Engineering (Hons)
Paschal, who won best first year last year, receiving his medal the night of the Science and Engineering Awards:
The event will have its third outing October 2020.
18 June 2019
Transposition Project 'Show and Tell' at EFYE 2019
Strength in Numbers  Maths community of practice tackle a key problem area for students
Julie Crowley, Catherine Palmer
Photo Credit: Deirdre Casey
Summary: Mathematics often poses an obstacle to student success. From the transposition project, a small teaching and learning project exploring a key area of difficulty in algebra, emerged a vibrant mathematics education community of practice (CoP) focused on improving student success. We examine the transposition project under Etienne Wenger's three elements of a CoP; domain, community and practice.
Abstract: ‘The Maths Problem’ is a term given to the serious decline in students’ knowledge of basic maths skills upon entering third level education. This decline is well established and documented in Ireland, the U.K. and wider a field. As a result, many problems now confront those teaching mathematics and mathematicsbased modules in third level institutions. A key area in algebra is rearranging equations also known as transposition. In second and third level mathematics, the topic of Transposition has repeatedly been flagged as one of the most problematic. The topic is taught in school and often again in first year mathematics modules at third level. It is fundamental to subsequent modules across programmes in Science, Engineering, Business and Humanities. Recognition of the issues surrounding this topic led to the Transposition Project, a project funded by the Teaching and Learning Unit at Cork Institute of Technology and run by twelve members of staff from the Department of Mathematics. The aim of this project was to develop a teaching ‘tool’ to aid in student’s understanding of this. What resulted was the organic creation of a vibrant mathematics education community of practice focused on purposeful teaching leading to the ultimate goal of improved student success.
Main Message: After this session the participant will know/have experienced/have gained…  will learn how a community of practice tackled a key area of Mathematics that is problematic for students both at second and third level.  will understand what transposition means in Mathematics  will have gained insight into some of the key benefits of this community of practice
23 May 2019
HDip. in Data Science and Analytics Project Presentations
This programme is run by the Mathematics Department in partnership with the Computer Science Department.
The schedule of talks is given below.
This year there were projects analysing genomic data, ECG waves for heart diagnosis, football score prediction, Listeria detection, user authentication, melanoma detection, air quality classification, website classification, plus a number of others.
Examples of the methodologies used are time series analysis, deep learning, multivariate analysis, machine learning, and data visualisations.
Time 
Student 
Title 
09.00  09.30 
Tea/Coffee 

09.30  09.45 
Cooke, Sean 
Melanoma lesion detection using Deep Learning Techniques 
09.45  10.00 
Mc Keown, Brian 
Football match Predicting Soccer match outcomes using Machine Learning Techniques 
10.00  10.15 
Bowden, Siobhan M. 
Investigation of twofactor authentication using keyboard dynamics 
10.15 10.30 
Crowley, Eoin F. 
Website Clustering and Analytics: An exercise in unsupervised machine learning 
10.30 10.45 
Goncalves, Tomás 
Analysis and Prediction of Fine Particulate Matter in Homes 
10.45 11.00 
Alice Clarson 
Statistical process control for leak testing 
11.00  11.15 
Tea/Coffee 

11.15  11.30 
Kearney, Joy 
Boundary modelling for the classification of growth/nogrowth for Listeria Monocytogenes, with business applications 
11.30  11.45 
Murphy, Ben 
The ability of drop jump ground reaction forces to classify normal and abnormal individuals 
11.45  12.00 
O Sullivan, Shane P. 
Genomic analytics 
12.00  12.15 
De Barra, Liam 
ECG machine learning analysis 
12.15  12.30 
Trinder, Niall 
Supervised & Unsupervised Learning Methods to Produce Consumer Energy Profiles 
12.30  12.45 
Sanela Jojkic 
Regional Population Projections 2017  2036 
13.00 
Lunch 

15 May 2019
Workshop: The use of maple in teaching and learning
A workshop on using the mathematical software Maple to aid teaching and learning in the Department of Mathematics.
Use of Maple in Teaching & Learning
10:1510:25 Introduction
10:2511:15 Maple & Heavy Lifting…………………………………………………… Michael Brennan
The appropriate use of Maple in the classroom is a challenge and the integration
of software in general to achieve optimal impact is a key learning outcome.
By considering three examples from the last semester I would like to highlight this concept.
11.1511:30 Tea Break
11:3012:30 Using Maple to Enhance Teaching and Learning……………….Nadia Sid
This talk will provide material that can be used to compose, plot, and solve a variety
of problems using Maple. Product resources and tools that will help you go beyond the basics
will also be presented.
12:3012:45 Questions/Discussion
12:45 Lunch
14 May 2019
DigiTeach: Digital Teaching Tools for Mathematics in Higher Education
This was part of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning National Seminar Series, and part of the CIT TLU Conversations on Teaching and Learning Week. It is a joint initiative with Deirdre Casey of Griffith College Cork.
Morning
9.30 – 10.00 
Registration 
10.00 – 10.10 
Welcome and Opening Address 
10.10 – 11.00 
“Time and learning: Using online videos to complement and/or replace the live Mathematics Lecture”, Dr Maria Meehan, UCD 
11.00 – 11.30 
Break 
11.30 – 12.00 
“Virtual Reality Technology for Learning”, Dr Gearóid Ó Súilleabháin, CIT 
Lightening Talks
12.00 – 12.15 
“Customizing Feedback for Students in Numbas”, Dr Clodagh Carroll, CIT 
12.15 – 12.30 
“Three Act Maths: Time for Tea!”, Dr Thomas Confrey, IT Carlow 
12.30 – 12.45 
“Gravel, Geometry, Geogebra”, Dr Michael Brennan, CIT 
12.45 – 13.00 
“Symbolic Mathematics Teaching in Higher Education”, Sammi Shamma 
Lunch with Discussion
13.00 – 14.00 

Afternoon
14.00 – 16.00 
EAssessment using Numbas Parallel Workshops 

“Introduction to Numbas”, Chris Graham, Newcastle University 
“Advanced Numbas", Christian LawsonPerfect, Newcastle University 


16.00 
Free discussion time 

11 January 2019
Seminar: MiC DROP @CIT: Mathematics in Context Developing RelevancyOrientated Problems @CIT
Within CIT, mathematics and statistics play a key role in almost every programme and the majority of students will encounter mathematics/statistics related modules at some point in their studies. Some programmes, especially those in the Faculty of Engineering & Science, are highly mathematical in nature and will contain many mathematics and statistics modules integrated from the start to end of the programme of study, whilst others have slightly less mathematical content, but any mathematics and statistics modules taken are continually relied upon over the duration of the programme.
Frequently, however, mathematics lecturers find that students struggle with understanding when and where the mathematics that they are being asked to learn will be used in their chosen programme and in their future profession. In addition, because a lot of mathematics modules are taught to diverse groups of students there is little chance to show students problems applied to their own specific field of study. Therefore, mathematics can appear to them to be an abstract subject, separate from other topics encountered during their programme of study.
In an effort to address this problem, members of a learning community established in CIT’s Department of Mathematics and Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, applied for funding from the Teaching and Learning Unit Development Fund to develop relevanceorientated problems for students from different disciplines so as to support students to understand the importance of mathematics in their chosen field at an early stage of their degree and career.
As a starting point for this project, the Department of Mathematics and Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering have initiated a pilot project to develop a bank of contextual materials for their students to enable them to better understand the role of mathematics in their chosen programme.
This seminar will primarily be of interest to staff in the Department of Mathematics and Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering as theirs is the first cohort of students for whom such resources are being developed. However, it should be of general interest to all staff so that they can see the type of work being done, the benefits of developing these types of resources and perhaps initiate their own department’s future collaboration with the Department of Mathematics.
(All images are thanks to @Marese_CIT)
This seminar will consist of the following:
TALKS
 Maths in Structural Engineering  Seán Carroll, Chartered Structural Engineer, Assistant Lecturer Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering, CIT
 Contexts & Concepts: A Case Study of Mathematics Assessment for Civil & Environmental Engineering  Dr J.P. McCarthy, Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, CIT
 Maths in Engineering: Perspectives of a Bridge Engineer  Michael Minehane, Chartered Senior Engineer at RPS Europe where he works on the design, inspection assessment and rehabilitation of bridges and large civil structures. He graduated from Cork Institute of Technology in 2010 with a BEng (Hons) in Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering, and in 2011 with an MEng in Advanced Structural Engineering. He is a parttime lecturer at Cork Institute of Technology since 2015 where he delivers a module on BIM for Infrastructure.
Contributions from several speakers, including:
 Dr Clodagh Carroll, Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, CIT
 Dr Violeta Morari, Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, CIT
Some short videos/surveys emphasising the centrality of mathematics within Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering which have been developed will be presented
5 November 2018
What is the National Farm Gate Milk Price?
Article in the Irish Examiner by Dr Declan O'Connor.
2 November 2018
THE LEE FIELDS MEDAL  Results/Solutions
Solutions here
First Prize
 Damien Murphy,
 2nd Year, Software Development,
 Department of Computer Science,
 83%.
Second Prize
 Shane O'Sullivan,
 HDip, Data Science and Analytics,
 Department of Mathematics,
 77%.
Best First Year (and moreover third overall)
 Paschal Mullins,
 1st Year, Mechanical Engineering,
 Department of Mechanical, Biomedical, & Manufacturing Engineering,
 74%.
Honourable Mentions (fourth and fifth)
 Patrick O'Donoghue,
 1st Year, Mechanical Engineering,
 Department of Mechanical, Biomedical, & Manufacturing Engineering,
 73%.
 Conor McKeown,
 2nd Year, Industrial Physics,
 Department of Physical Sciences,
 64%.
18 October 2018
The Lee Fields Medal  CIT Maths Challenge
18 enthusiastic students competed for the Lee Fields Medal when they took on the CIT Maths Challenge last night. Some students put together a very solid paper in two hours but most took a bit of the extra time on offer. Almost all students were enquiring as they left about solutions and results and a Solutions/Results Night will be held in good time. It was great to see 18 CIT students voluntarily sit a maths exam and promises to be an event that can be run again and again.
If you want to try the questions the students tackled last night please click here.
11 October 2018
The Lee FIELDS MEDAL  CIT MATHS CHALLENGE
To celebrate Maths Week 2018 the CIT Department of Mathematics is running THE LEE FIELDS MEDAL  CIT MATHS CHALLENGE to decide which currentlyregistered CIT student is the best mathematician on campus!
We have put together a challenging paper of ten questions in which you can pit your mathematical prowess against the best mathematicians in CIT!
Oh... and there are cash prizes!! €50 for Best First Year Undergraduate, €50 for Second Overall, and €100 for Winner Overall.
The event will take place from 19:00 to 21:00 in IT1 on Wednesday 17 October 2018. The questions are based on mathematics no more advanced that what appears in the Leaving Certificate Ordinary Level syllabus... but this doesn't mean that the questions will be easy!!
15 May 2018
Transposition Seminar
10:00  Welcome  
10:15  Deirdre Casey, Head of Computing, Griffith College Cork  Ed tech tools for Transposition 
10:30  Dr Máire Ní Ríordáin, Department of Education, UCC  Mathematics Education Methodology 
11:00  Katie Bullen  Transposition in Project Maths 
Dr Marie Nicholson  Error Classification  
Tea  
11:40  Gráinne Read & Patricia Cogan  Staff Workshops 
Dr Maryna Lishchynska  Eric Mazur and Concept Questions  
Dr Catherine Palmer  Methodology  
12:10  Dr Máire Ní Ríordáin  Working Session 
12:55  Close  
13:00  Lunch 
23 April 2018
Transposition Workshop
Rearranging equations is a skill needed across many disciplines in Business, Engineering, Humanities and Science. It is a skill some students struggle with. The Teaching and Learning Unit have funded a group of lecturers in the Department of Mathematics to explore this issue. We are hoping you may share your experiences and opinions with us. We are looking for lecturers from other departments who may have come across this in their module to come along to a workshop on Tuesday 8th of May 2018 at 4pm (Week 13) in B149. We are interested in for example  what student difficulties arise and how these difficulties affect your module. Also, are there particular formulae in your subject which are important but cause students difficulty?
If you are interested in coming along please let Julie Crowley or Catherine Palmer know so that we have sufficient tea, coffee and biscuits to keep everybody happy.
9 April 2018
Delta AWARD VIDEO
12 March 2018
School Visit to Ballyroe National School
Dr Noreen Quinn gave a Maths workshop to the children in Barryroe N.S. from Junior Infants to 2nd Class (i.e. 4 – 9 year olds). She introduced them to the magic of Tangrams, the fun of tables using tensided dice, the distribution of Smarties and the physics of sticking a skewer through a balloon. The children had great FUN with MATHS while learning new concepts and ideas.
8 March 2018
CIT Department of Mathematics Shortlisted for DElta Award
The Department of Mathematics has been shortlisted for a Disciplinary Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment (DELTA) award. The shortlisting of the project “Maths Centre Stage @ CIT” is a commendation of the excellent work that the department is doing in the areas of Learning, Teaching and Assessment.
"‘Maths Centre Stage @ CIT’
With the changing Irish educational landscape over the past few years, the transition from secondary to higherlevel education has come into sharper focus and the Department of Mathematics in CIT is committed to providing students with the tools necessary to maximise their opportunities.
The Department plays a key role in designing modules that both compliment and support the student’s degree programme while providing dedicated resources to aid and expand students’ engagement with and experience of Mathematics in CIT. These resources range from onetoone interactions through to online supports.
While supporting a significant number of programmes in the institute, the Department is also responsive to the educational and industrial demands of the region with a recent focus on the development of our suite of Data Science programmes.
Throughout their academic lives, students will find committed and talented educators within the CIT Department of Mathematics striving to assist them in achieving their full potential."
Read more here.
15 September 2017
Two CIT STUDENTS NOMINATED FOR DATA SCIENCE STUDENT OF THE YEAR
The Data Science Awards event take place in Croke Park in Dublin Thursday 21st September. Two of the 2016/17 HDipSc in Data Science & Analytics class (fulltime) have been nominated as finalists in the category Data Science Student of the Year:
 Jane Delaney, who completed her final project under the supervision of Dr Catherine Palmer (Department of Maths)
 Theo DornanKade, who completed his final project under the supervision of Dr Laura Climent (Department of Computer Science)
The other three finalists are PhD students, so the fact that Jane and Theo have got to this stage is already a huge success for them.
22 May 2017
Department of Mathematics research symposium
Dr Leo Creedon (Lecturer, IT Sligo) gave a talk on his research here in CIT Monday, 22nd May. Dr Clodagh Carroll, Justin McGuinness, Marie Nicholson and Dr Noreen Quinn also gave talks on the day.
Symposium Chair: Dr Declan O'Connor, Department of Mathematics, CIT
10:00  10:10  Áine Ní Shé, HOD Mathematics, CIT  Welcome 
10:1010:30  Jusin McGuinness, CIT  Hydrodynamic Behaviour of an Array of WavePower Devices 
10:3010:50  Marie Nicholson, CIT  Compressibility and Kolmogorov Complexity 
10:5011:10  Dr Clodagh Carroll, CIT  Interleaving & Spacing Mathematics Problems – Rearranging Existing Worksheets 
Tea/ Coffee  
11:40  12:00  Dr Noreen Quinn  My research journey from cows to stools 
12:0012:45  Dr Leo Creedon, IT Sligo  My Research 
Q & A 
TALK OUTLINES:
 Justin McGuinness  Hydrodynamic Behaviour of an Array of WavePower Devices
Ocean wave energy is a relatively untapped resource and has the potential to significantly increase our renewable energy portfolio. Offshore wavepower devices are usually envisaged as being either a single large device or an array of smaller devices. The benefit of an array, compared to a single device, is that the individual components are relatively inexpensive to repair and replace; however issues arise due to interaction between the array members, which can lead to constructive or destructive interference of the wave field, thus increasing or decreasing the power that can be absorbed. This talk will outline the basics of ocean wavepower absorption and introduce the optimisation problem associated with the formation and design of these arrays of wavepower devices from a hydrodynamic perspective.
 Marie Nicholson  Compressibility and Kolmogorov Complexity
One of the fundamental objects of study in Information and Computability Theory is the set of all infinite binary sequences. In this talk, I will introduce a way of comparing infinite binary sequences, that captures an intuitive notion of information density rather than computational strength. The fundamental definition is based on the Kolmogorov complexity of finite strings, which I will also introduce.
 Dr Clodagh Carroll  Interleaving & Spacing Mathematics Problems – Rearranging Existing Worksheets
One of the most important goals in the classroom is promoting deep, longterm learning in our students. In this talk, we investigate if rearranging tutorial sheets from standard blocked practice to interleaved, spaced practice can have a positive impact on students’ retention of material.
 Dr Noreen Quinn  My research journey from cows to stools
My presentation will be on how my research has evolved over the last number of years. Presently, I collaborate with the Department of Biological Sciences on a number of studies and as a result I have coauthored a few papers. This work, I believe, has stemmed from the fact that I teach on a number of their courses.
 Guest speaker: Dr Leo Creedon  My Research
Leo Creedon will describe his mathematical research on group algebras and their application to coding theory. He will also outline his collaborative work in applied mathematics, including bovine fertility, bone fracture, acoustic emission, PLA processing and modelling credit ratings using transition matrices. He will also give his thoughts on doing mathematical research in the Institute of Technology sector.
9 January 2017
Workshop: Mathematical Transitions from Second to Third Level
The Department of Mathematics is pleased to invite you to a workshop on Mathematical Transitions from Second to Third Level on Wednesday 18th January from 10 am to 1 pm in C214, funded by the Teaching and Learning Unit. The workshop aims to discuss the change in the mathematical ability and profile of our incoming students as a result of the roll out of the new Project Maths curriculum in second level and to highlight the importance of keeping abreast of these changes in the modules delivered in third level programmes.
The workshop will consist of presentations by Tom O’Connor, Chief Examiner for Leaving Certificate Mathematics, Michelle Sliney, Principal and Mathematics Teacher in Coláiste Choilm and Seán Lacey, Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics in CIT.
10:00  10:40  Tom O'Connor, Chief Examiner Leaving Cert Maths  An Overview of Leaving Certificate Mathematics – An Assessment Perspective 
Q&A  
Tea  
11:20  11:40  Michelle Sliney, Principal Colaiste Choilm  Leaving Certificate Mathematics  A Teacher’s Perspective 
Q&A  
12:00  12:40  Seán Lacey, CIT  From Marking Leaving Certificate scripts to Teaching Teachers 
Q&A  
Lunch in Bistro 
14 December 2016
Congratulations to Dr Dennis Bergmann
Dennis Bergmann, PhD student of the Department of Biological Sciences, successfully defended his doctoral thesis on Tuesday 29th November last.
Dennis was cosupervised by Dr Declan O’Connor (Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, CIT) and by Prof. Dr. Andreas Thümmel (Hochschule Darmstadt). The external examiner was Dr Ziping Wu (Principal Agricultural Economist, Agrifood and Bioscience Institute, Queen’s University Belfast) and the internal examiner was Dr Noreen Quinn (Lecturer, Department of Mathematics).
In his thesis, Dennis presents four empirical studies which share a common theme in that they investigate the changed dynamics of EU dairy prices. In the first study, univariate time series methods are used to analyse farm gate milk price dynamics. Results of this analysis show that the dynamics of the EU, German and Irish series converged following the Luxembourg 2003 agreement. In addition a three year cycle is underlying the European milk prices which is comparable with the cycle length of the US milk price. This cyclical component also accounts for most of the observed price variation in recent times.
In the second study, price and volatility transmission effects between EU and World butter prices along with palm oil and crude oil prices are examined. Vector autoregression (VAR) models were applied to capture price transmission effects between these markets. These are then combined with a multivariate GARCH model to account for potential volatility transmission. Results indicate strong price and volatility transmission effects between EU and World butter prices. EU butter shocks further spillover to palm oil volatility. In addition there is evidence that crude oil prices spillover to World butter prices and World butter volatility.
In the third study, price and volatility transmission effects between EU and World skimmed milk powder (SMP) prices, as well as those between both SMP series, soybeans and crude oil prices are analysed. For the transmission analysis a VectorErrorCorrectionModel (VECM) combined with a multivariate GARCH model is applied. Results indicate that there are significant transmission effects between EU and World SMP prices, but no significant transmission effects from soybeans or crude oil to either of the SMP prices.
The final study evaluates the forecasting performance of a number of time series models as applied to selected EU farm gate milk prices and thoroughly evaluates these using various score measures and tests. The forecasts provided are based on time series methods and information from the recently introduced EU dairy derivative markets. In addition to point forecasts the study also provides density forecasts. These are forecasts of the whole price distribution and thus give hints of the uncertainty of the point forecasts. Results indicate that the forecasts provided in this study can outperform a naïve nochange benchmark. Additionally, it is found that combining forecasts from individual models or sources significantly improves forecasting performance.
In summary, Dennis’ thesis shows that the use of time series methods helps in the understanding of dairy price dynamics, price drivers and consequently price volatility. This is of great practical importance as it forms a basis for farmers, processors, policy makers and consumers to base their decisions on.
“Well done” to Dennis on his wonderful achievement, one made all the more noteworthy when one considers the fact that he held down a fulltime position in industry throughout his PhD study. Dennis, we wish you all the very best in your future career.
8 December 2016
Faculty of Engineering & Science Annual Awards Ceremony
There are three awards made by this department. The winners for 2016 are:
· Best HDip Student (overall) Sponsor: De Puy Synthes Alice Harte
· Best HDip Student (project) Sponsor: Xanadu Consultancy Alice Harte
· Best MATH6000 student Sponsor: Trend Micro Rachel O’Mahony
23 November 2016
Introductory Interdisciplinary Problem Session
Over the years, lecturers of the Department of Mathematics have collaborated with lecturers and researchers in both faculties of the Institute. The Department also provides some Maths/Stats support for final year and research projects in the Faculty of Engineering & Science. Furthermore, and in conjunction with the School of Graduate Studies, we have developed the module STAT8009 Statistics for Research. This module is offered to Structured PhD students in both the Faculty of Engineering & Science and Faculty of Business & Humanities, but it is also availed of by some lecturers for CPD purposes and/or to support them in their own doctoral studies.
If you feel that you would like to add a Mathematical/Statistical edge to your research, then we invite you to join us at an introductory interdisciplinary problem session at 11am on Thursday 15th December in A217A.
We will open the event with a short presentation, so as to give you an overview of our current areas of expertise. After that, attendees will be asked to make a short pitch to us, so that we can tease out the issues involved in each research problem. Overall, the aim is to ascertain if there is potential for further development and collaboration. Hopefully, such collaboration would be to the mutual benefit of all concerned, and to CIT.
18 October 2016
TEAME Numbas presentation and launch
During 2015 and 2016, CIT and UCC have been running a project centred around the introduction of eassessment in a range of large first year service Mathematics modules.
The goals of the project, which is funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, are to improve student engagement and outcomes, and to make more efficient use of lecturers' time by reducing the amount of repetitive marking of assignments and tests. We chose Numbas as the platform to implement eassessment. Numbas was conceived and created at Newcastle University and is actively maintained there by a team currently led by Chris Graham and Christian Perfect.
At CIT, this has centred on modules MATH6051 Essential Maths and Statistics for Business, STAT6011 Statistics and Financial Mathematics for Business, and STAT6012 Mathematics and Statistics for Marketing. In each of these modules, 20% of the final module mark is reserved for a series of low stakes eassessments for learning over the semester, with c.a. 550 first year students being involved. We are currently developing a suite of eassessments for the two first year Engineering Maths modules on the accredited Level 8 Engineering programmes, and we plan to roll the first one out in the Semester 2 Calculus module MATH6006.
Furthermore, we have used Numbas as a tool for assessment of learning, with support packages now developed for modules such as MATH6000 Essential Maths Skills, MATH6001 Automotive Maths, and MATH7011 Discrete Time Maths.
As part of the work of the project, we have set up a website with many useful resources www.teame.ie. These include an Implementation Guide that is designed as a stepbystep guide to assist others to integrate Numbas in their courses should they so wish. With the aim of disseminating the project work more widely within CITand UCC, we plan a Numbas Presentation and Implementation Guide Launch, to which you are all invited.
The Numbas Project TEAME (Tom Carroll, Deirdre Casey, Julie Crowley, Kieran Mulchrone, Áine Ní Shé, Vivienne Terhorst).
5 May 2016
Maths spring seminar series
Following a very successful opening seminar in January, the second in the series of Mathematics seminars, will take place on Tuesday, May 17th.
The seminar will consist of three Mathematics talks followed by a presentation on the software package Maple. For those who would like a more indepth look at Maple and some of its more advanced features, an extra workshop will be run after lunch. Please feel free to sign up for one or both sessions.
Further details can be found in the schedule below.
Time  Speaker  Title 
10:00  11:30  Mr Adrian O'Connor, CIT  Annuities in Excel 
Dr Robert Heffernan, CIT  Lines: The Only Things We Really Understand  
Dr Ann O'Shea, NUI Maynooth  Designing Mathematical Tasks for First Year Calculus  
11:30  11:45  Coffee  Coffee 
11:45  12:45  Josh Bullen, Maplesoft Europe  Maple Workshop 
12:45  13:45  Lunch  Lunch 
13:45  15:00  Josh Bullen, Maplesoft Europe  Maple Workshop 
19 Janurary 2016
Maths Spring Seminar Series
The first in a series of Mathematics Seminars, funded by the Teaching and Learning Unit.
Time  Speaker  Title 
10:00  11:00  Michael Brennan, CIT  Fibonacci Sequence – A look at a mathematical relation to running during 2016. 
J.P. McCarthy, CIT  Shadows without Objects – An Introduction into the Philosophy of Quantum Groups.  
Áine Ní Shé, CIT  Tech Savvy Chalk and Talk.  
11:00  11:30  Coffee Break  Coffee Break 
11:30  12:45  Josh Bullen, Maplesoft Europe  GeoGebra in the classroom and the lab. 
12:45  Lunch  Lunch 
11 June 2015
CSO Statistician/Data Analyst Recruitment Campaign 2015
The Central Statistics Office (CSO), with offices in Cork and Dublin, generates statistical information which is vital for the formulation, implementation and monitoring of policy and programmes at national, regional and local levels are currently recruiting for Statisticians/Data Analysts. For more information and an application form please click here.
22 April 2015
Last Saturday saw over 120 primary and secondary students from all over Munster descend on CIT for the Munster provincial final of the MATHletes Challenge.
At the Mathletes Munster Provincial Playoff at CIT were over 120 MATHletes, Seán O'Sullivan of SOSVentures and Dragons' Den; Mr Bob Savage, Chair of CIT Governing Body; Dr Brendan J. Murphy, the President of CIT; Dr Áine Ní Shé, Head, Dept. of Mathematics; Dr Guillaume Huyet, Head, CAPPA.
The MATHletes Challenge is a pioneering Mathematics tournament for Ireland based on the Khan Academy approach to learning and teaching Mathematics. It is spearheaded by Sean O'Sullivan of SOSVentures and Dragons’ Den fame. The Munster final saw the highest achievers from 4thclass to 5th year come together to take part in a series of problem solving challenges. The challenge included individual tests and a team based event.
There were two individual tests involved: (i) a speed challenge based on the Khan Academy platform, in which students had 30 minutes to solve as many problems as possible, and (ii) a mathematical problem solving exam. The team based event saw the students compete together to build the best performing model truck, testing their teamwork skills.
During their lunch break, the competitors all gathered for a photograph with the Chair of CIT Governing Body, Mr Bob Savage, the President of CIT, Dr Brendan J. Murphy, and Mr Seán O’Sullivan. At the subsequent prizegiving ceremony, Seán lauded the students for their efforts and encouraged them to keep up their efforts in Mathematics.
Within CIT, the event was cosponsored by the Department of Math