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Department Research

The Department of Computer Science offers students the chance to complete Masters and PhDs by research. Three emerging areas have been identified by CIT as being of strategic national importance. We are currently active in two of these areas – networked embedded systems and informatics -- and moving towards emerging area – data science.

There are a growing number of staff members in the Department of Computer Science who are actively involved in research, in a wide variety of areas.  They welcome opportunities for collaboration both within CIT and external to CIT. For more details, please CLICK HERE to view their profiles and contact information.

In 2010 the Departments of Computer Science and Biological Sciences created the inter-disciplinary research group Informatics@CIT. Dr Roy Sleator (Department of Biologicial Sciences), Dr Aisling O'Driscoll and Dr Paul Walsh (Department of Computer Science) are the Principal Investigators fot he Informatics research group. Informatics is an umbrella term for the development of software tools to generate useful knowledge from large collections of data. The research group’s initial focus was on bioinformatics, which is informatics in the biological sciences e.g. modelling a cell’s behaviour. This research has led to a funded grant of over €1.3 million distributed between three partners: CIT, NSilico, and University of Edinburgh.

The group is expanding into other applications of informatics. Health-informatics e.g. breast cancer diagnoses and Agri-informatics e.g. soil analysis are recent interests. Collaboration exists with the National Marine College of Ireland (NMCI) in relation to coastal protection, security, and climate change. The research is being applied to analysis of sports data collected from the Munster rugby team in collaboration with Liverpool John Moore’s University.

The research is supported by taught post-graduate programmes. For more about Informatics@CIT please visit

The Nimbus Centre ( is a state of the art building housing research in embedded systems, those tiny computers that control your washing machine and run your phones. Research undertaken here involves researchers from many departments including the Department of Computer Science whose focus is on protocol development, middleware and software development.

Dr Paul Walsh (Department of Computer Science), is the head of CIT’s SIGMA research group (  The SIGMA research group has an extensive track record applying advanced software and computational techniques to real world problems. They have enabled commercial applications in diverse domains such as health, biology, education, and energy.

The Department of Computer Science has over 25 years of cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt and the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden. An annual research symposium (CERC) is held to showcase this research, share knowledge, and enhance cooperation between the three institutions. This collaboration was expanded in 2012 to include Plymouth University and Gjøvik University College in Norway to create the European Graduate School of Technology (EuTec).

The final area of research big data processing and analytics and includes Machine Learning and High Performance Computing. Briefly, machine learning aims to teach computers how to learn from data it has collected. An everyday example is if you look at the advertisements that appear on your Facebook page. These advertisements appear because of what a computer has learned about you based up what you write, who your friends are, and websites you visit. The amount of data collected and the computer power needed to process such huge collections of data necessitates clever use of powerful computers, High Performance Computation.

If you require further information about our Masters (research) and PhDs please contact the Head of Department Tim Horgan.