Newpark Comprehensive School; Trinity College Dublin
BA BAI in (Computer) Engineering; PhD in Computer Science
Trinity College Dublin; Phonewatch; K&M Technologies; Trinity College Dublin
Lecturer in Computer Science
I work at Trinity College Dublin, in the School of Computer Science and Statistics. I do most of my research as part of Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre
About Me: I live with my partner, two kids and one large dog in Dublin. I teach and do research in Computer Science during the week, and go Orienteering at the weekends.
I like reading science fiction and watching sci-fi movies. I am also a great fan of music, liking bands and singers from way back in the 1970s, to modern bands. I did play in a band some years ago, as a drummer. I still bang the drums in the attic from time to time.
I also like outdoor activities, such as hill-walking, rock climbing, and my current favourite: Orienteering!
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My Work: Figuring out better ways to make safer computer programs for spacecraft, airplanes, and robots.
Computers are used to control a lot of moving and flying machines. A lot of work is done to ensure the computer programs are safe. My research looks at using mathematics to make it easier to do this.
My Typical Day: I wake up, walk the dog, have breakfast and then cycle into College. Some of the time I do teaching, and the rest I spend doing my research.
What I'd do with the money: I'd use it to fund school visits. I'd like to explain how there are many different engineering skills needed for Space - it's not just Rocket Science!
I’d use the money to develop presentation materials, and interesting handouts.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
map-running software engineer
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Encourage others to take software safety seriously.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
A lecturer when I was a college student.
What was your favourite subject at school?
Maths and Physics
What did you want to be after you left school?
Scientist or Engineer
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I can't remember - Honest!!!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Writing safe software for a company
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Today? Everything Everything; Tomorrow? who knows!
What's your favourite food?
Homemade Friday Night Pizza
What is the most fun thing you've done?
white water kayaking in France
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Avoid serious illness, spend more time with friends, and always be able to enjoy the great outdoors!
Tell us a joke.
What do you get when you cross a dog with a phone? A Golden Receiver!