I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science in University College Dublin (UCD). I am Principal Investigator in the CeADAR Technology Centre (Ireland's Centre for Applied AI), which is funded by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland. I am also the Principal Investigator of the Transpire (Trained AI Platform for Regulation) project; a collaboration with Corlytics and Version 1 that is funded by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment under the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund. I am a SFI Funded Investigator on the Crop Optimisation through Sensing, Understanding and Visualisation (CONSUS) project. I am also affiliated with the UCD Forensics and Security Research Group. My principal research interests are in the areas of natural language processing, information retrieval, digital forensics, data analytics, and multi agent systems.
I teach in the Beijing-Dublin International College, a joint college with Beijing University of Technology (BJUT), on both the Internet of Things Engineering and Software Engineering degree courses, and serve as Deputy Programme Director for the latter.
As a Fulbright Scholar, I was hosted by the Cyber Forensics Research and Education Group (UNHcFREG) at the University of New Haven. I also collaborate with Prof. Zhen Yang's Data Mining and Security Lab at BJUT.
ACRE (Agent Conversation Reasoning Engine) was the subject of my Ph.D. thesis, which was entitled ``Internalising Interaction Protocols as First-Class Programming Elements in Multi Agent Systems''. I have also contributed to the Agent Factory and ASTRA projects.
I worked as a Research Assistant investigating the applicability of data fusion in Information Retrieval as part of the SIFT project. My M.Sc. thesis was written while working as part of the HOTAIR Project (Highly Organised Teams of Agents for Information Retrieval), which was affiliated to the Intelligent Information Retrieval Group (IIRG) in UCD.
In addition to the M.Sc., I also hold a Higher Diploma in Computer Science from UCD and a B.A. (Hons) in Law and Accounting from the University of Limerick. A long time ago, my Final Year Project was an investigation into the tort of defamation on the internet.