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The 49th annual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibitions gets under way this morning with almost 2,000 students descending on the RDS in Dublin to set up their projects.

Judging begins this afternoon, after an opening ceremony, and winning projects will be announced on Friday evening.

There will be plenty of activity between now and then, however, including a battle royal between a Dalek from Dr Who and Star Wars’ R2D2, the toughest pint-sized robots of all time. They form part of the popular World of Robots show which makes a return to the RDS.

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Professor Bashar Nuseibeh

An Irish-based researcher has been awarded a €2.5 million grant by the European Research Council.

Professor Bashar Nuseibeh of the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre – Lero – won the ERC advanced grant, which will run over five years, to focus on privacy and security threats relating to new mobile and cloud technology.

The programme will look at adaptive security and privacy, and will be a collaboration between Lero at the University of Limerick and the Open University in the UK. Prof Nuseibeh, who has been working with Lero since 2009, will lead the research teams.

It will research techniques for developing software systems to protect users from the shifting privacy and security threats as a result of new technology such as smartphones and tablets.

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