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Lecturer Profiles

  • Dr Samane Abdi

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science

    Samane received her BSc degree in Software Engineering from Shariaty University of Technology, Tehran and her MSc from Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran. She received her PhD degree in Computer Science from UCC in 2015. From 2010, she worked as a research assistant in the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, formerly known as Cork Constraint Computation centre (4C) at UCC.

    Before joining CIT, she previously worked with Trustev Ltd., as a fraud analyst and researcher. Her research interests include Database Design, Data Analysis, Data Mining, Business Intelligence, Information Security, Trust Management, and Security in e-business.

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    Phone: 021 4336185

    samane.abdi@cit.ie

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
  • Dr Haithem Afli

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science

    Haithem joined CIT from Dublin City University (DCU) where he was a member of the ADAPT Machine Translation (MT) team. There he was responsible for managing the ADAPT Social Media and User-Generated Content research group. He worked on a range of Natural Language Processing (NLP) projects from MT and Sentiment Analysis to Multimodal and Multilingual document alignment.

    After completing his undergraduate degree in Computer Science, he obtained an MSc in Computational Linguistics from Grenoble University in 2010 and a PhD in Computer Science from Le Mans University in 2014. He has also served as a reviewer and a member of the program committee for some national and international conferences, including JEP 2014, CICLING 2015, CLNLBK16, SeMaT 2016 and COLING 2016.

    He started in DCU in 2015 working on OCR2MT, a TIDA-SFI project. In 2016, he joined the ADAPT Centre in DCU as a platform researcher where he worked on a range of NLP projects with prominent industry partners such as eBay, Two Ten Health, Cerebreon and RTE. He was also involved in supervising DCU undergraduate, master's and PhD students, and teaching Machine Learning and Machine translation in the DCU School of computing.

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    Phone: 021 433

    Haithem.Afli@cit.ie

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
  • Dr Alejandro Arbelaez

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science

    Alejandro received his PhD in Computer Science from Université Paris-Sud XI in 2011 for his work on applying learning-based techniques to solve combinatorial problems. He also holds an engineering degree from Universidad Javeriana, Cali, Colombia.

    After finishing his PhD he worked as a post-doc at the University of Tokyo in the Japanese-French laboratory for informatics. He also worked as a post-doc at University College Cork.

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    Phone: 021 4336193

    Alejandro.Arbelaez@cit.ie

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
  • Dr Olivia Brickley

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science

    Olivia graduated with a degree in Software Development and Computer Networking (re-titled Computer Systems) from CIT and through research in Nimbus gained a masters and PhD in Electronic Engineering.

    Her areas of expertise include network engineering, with specific emphasis on data link and network layer protocols and management strategies across a wide array of network technologies. Her current interests lie in the area of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and its application in the Internet of Things (IoT) environment.

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    Phone: 021 4336193

    Olivia.Brickley@cit.ie

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
  • Dr Ignacio Castiñeiras

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science


    Ignacio graduated with a BSc, MSc and PhD in Computer Science from Complutense University of Madrid. He also graduated with a MEd from the same university. His research interests include: artificial intelligence, green computing, combinatorial optimisation problems and (imperative and declarative) programming languages. The primary focus of his PhD was on optimisation and decision analytics, more specifically on the application of Constraint Programming to real-life constraint satisfaction and optimisation problems.

    As a post-doctoral researcher, he worked on the development of scalable decision support tools to optimise the workload allocation in single and geographically distributed data centres. Ignacio is also a member of the Ríomh research group, specialised in the application of data analytics to real-life Cloud Computing and Internet of the Things-based problems.

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    Phone: 021 4335857

    Ignacio.Castineiras@cit.ie

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
  • Dr Laura Climent

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science


    Laura is an assistant lecturer in the Cork Institute of Technology. Before this, she did postdocs in the Institute of Financial Big Data in the Universidad Carlos III (UC3M) and in the Insight Centre for Data Analytics in the University College Cork in Ireland.

    She obtained her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Universitat Politècnica de València. In the same university, she studied a B.Sc. in Computer Science and a M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence, Pattern Recognition and Digital Image. In addition, she has participated in several Spanish and Irish research projects involving decision analytics and optimisation. Her research interests and expertise include Optimization Problems, Stochastic Optimization, Constraint Programming and Boolean Satisfiability, Linear Programming, Metaheuristics, Data Mining and Machine Learning.

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    Phone: 021 433

    Laura.Climent@cit.ie

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
  • Dr John Creagh

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science


    John received his PhD in the area of discrete event simulation from University College Cork. He previously researched into simulation for computer aided design of MOS circuitry at the National Micro Electronic Research Centre. Research for his students at the CIT has varied from real time synchronizers, simulation of mobile objects, graphical modelling languages and usability, context awareness and home automation, simulation with machine learning and online proctoring.

    Previously, his industrial experience includes office automation systems at Compucorp and telecommunication systems at Alcatel. His current research interests include education, cloud and online quality control, computing and business process methodologies, real time and computer simulation.

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    Phone: 021 4335113

    John.Creagh@cit.ie

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
  • Larkin Cunningham

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science


    After completing his first computing qualification in 1996 (National Certificate in Computing from CIT), Larkin went on to work primarily in the software development industry for the next 15 years, working for large outsourcing companies on blue chip client projects. During this time, he spent 5 years as an entrepreneur / co-founder of an internet and database services company. Larkin also upgraded his qualifications to a BSc in Computer Services Management from CIT over several years of part-time study, completing it finally in 2006.

    Since then, he has completed other qualifications including an MSc in Creative Writing from University of Edinburgh, personal training and fitness instructor certification, and various other postgraduate modules in teaching and learning. Larkin is currently completing a PhD in Digital Humanities / Serious Games, developing a persuasive game (or transformational game) in the area of performance enhancing drugs in sport.

    Larkin has taught subjects in CIT since early 2012 primarily in advanced software engineering, databases and, more recently, game design and development subjects, as well as supervising projects up to MSc level. He is the coordinator of the Higher Diploma in Cloud and Mobile Software Development.

    Larkin's primary research area is in game design, the use of narrative and character in games, and serious games (particularly games for impact or social change). He welcomes contact from anyone who is interested in pursuing research in the area of games in general, or serious games in particular.

    Phone: 021 4335744

    Larkin.Cunningham@cit.ie

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
  • Dr Paul Davern

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science


    Paul graduated with a degree in Computer Science, from UCC and a PhD from DCU. Paul is currently working for CeADAR (the Centre for Applied Analytics Research) in UCC on time series analysis, time series visualisation, networking fault analysis and data validation. Previously he worked for MISL (The Mobile & Internet Systems Laboratory) in UCC on the optimisation of video streaming traffic over mobile networks and the optimisation of Internet traffic over satellite communication links. Paul is also a member of the Ríomh research group.

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    Phone: 021 4335576

    Paul.Davern@cit.ie

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
  • Dr Vincent Emeakaroha

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science


    Vincent graduated from Vienna University of Technology (TUWien) Austria in 2006 with a BSc in Computer Engineering, a MSc in Software Engineering & Internet Computing (2008), a MSc in Informatics Management (2009); and a PhD in Computer Science with distinction (2012). The focus of his PhD was on Cloud service provisioning management and Service Level Agreement (SLA) enforcement techniques. In this regard, he developed novel monitoring frameworks for supervising the performance of Cloud services and for evaluating their agreed SLA terms. In October 2010, he was a visiting researcher at the Technical University of Catalunya Barcelona Spain.

    He participated in the European Commission's COST Action on Energy Efficient Large Scale Distributed System. Vincent has worked in different research projects over the years including the Foundations of Self-governing ICT Infrastructures (FoSII) project funded by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF) and Holistic Energy Efficient Approach for the Management of Hybrid Clouds (HALEY) funded by the Vienna University of Technology Science Award.

    He was previously a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce affiliated with University College Cork (UCC) where he worked in close collaboration with industry in developing Cloud monitoring solutions, efficient communication mechanisms and interoperability techniques. Vincent obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from UCC in 2016.

    Vincent has published in many renowned international Journal and Conference proceedings. He is an IEEE member. His research areas of interest include resource management in large-scale distributed systems, service provisioning management, data gathering and analytics, Internet of Things integration with Clouds, Cloud Cloud Interoperability, autonomic computing, energy efficiency, SLA and QoS management. He welcomes collaboration on any of these research areas.

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    Phone: 021 4336191

    Vincent.Emeakaroha@cit.ie

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
  • Dr Diarmuid Grimes

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science


    Diarmuid graduated with a BSc in Computer Science / Mathematical Studies from NUI Galway before obtaining a PhD in Computer Science from UCC. His research interests include: artificial intelligence, combinatorial optimisation, data mining, with a specific focus on applications in the energy sector.

    The primary focus of his PhD was on the development of a self-learning technique for solving, through Constraint Programming, large scale satisfaction and optimisation problems. As a post-doctoral researcher in UCC, he worked on a number of industry-funded, nationally funded and European funded projects. These included energy cost minimisation approaches to consumption in the residential, transport and cloud computing sectors, and maintenance scheduling in transport and operational sectors.

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    Phone: 021 4335506

    Diarmuid.Grimes@cit.ie

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
  • Gerard MacSweeney

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science


    Gerard completed his primary BSc in UCC (Mathematics and Computer Science) - this was followed by doing the Higher Diploma in Education (Secondary Teaching qualification). Gerard taught in a Merseyside school for fourteen years and while there he completed an MSc in Information Technology. Returning to Ireland, he lectured in WIT for two years teaching Visual Basic. He also worked as a part-time tutor for DCU - teaching C++ and Architecture for their degree programme. Gerard has been in CIT for about sixteen years mostly lecturing Operating Systems and Linux as well as co-coordinating the evening Certificate and BSc courses.

    Phone: 021 4335574

    Gerard.MacSweeney@cit.ie

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
  • Dr Seán McSweeney

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science


    Seán is a lecturer in Information Security and Internet of Things (IoT) in CIT. Seán graduated with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, a MSc. in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from UCC. He has expertise in Air Coupled Ultrasonic and Acoustic Sensing and Processing, Information Security, robotics and IoT platforms. He has developed signal processing hardware and software, applied adaptive functions to sensor systems, applied linear and non-linear optimization to electronics systems, used analytical and numerical methods for micro-machined systems design and integration and control system design.

    He was successful in filing both European (EPA no: 08105496.7) and US patents relating to front-end electronics for ultrasonic transducers and has been involved in the patenting process for chemical analysis devices. He co-authored a front page publication which appeared in the Analyst, Issue 5, 2014. Seán is also a member of the Ríomh research group.

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    Phone: 021 4335120

    Sean.Mcsweeney@cit.ie

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
  • Dr Ruairí O’Reilly

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science


    Ruairí graduated with a PhD in Computer Science from University College Cork. His work focused on the development of distributed architectures for the monitoring and analysis of time series data. This resulted in the deployment of remote health solutions that combined e-health, automated analysis and decision making systems. His interests include platforms for the monitoring and analysis of data and workflow generation.

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    Phone: 021 4336161

    ruairi.oreilly@cit.ie

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
  • Dr Donna O’Shea

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science


    Donna graduated with a BSc in Software Development & Computer Networking (re-titled Computer Systems) (2002), a Master of Engineering by research (2004) and a Degree in Philosophy (PhD) (2007) from Cork Institute of Technology. Her current position is lecturer in Cloud Computing and is also a member of the Computing research group called Ríomh (Cloud and Distributed Systems Group). Donna’s research expertise lies in the area of network and service management with a specific focus on the design, analysis and optimisation of wired and wireless communication systems, networks and services. During her PhD she made a significant contribution in the area of service provisioning for Beyond 3rd Generation (B3G) networks.

    On completion of her PhD she spent five years working for IBM and this work exposed her to the rigorous design discipline that is a prerequisite for the successful development of large, complex systems across several sites, multiple design teams and various target platforms. The work in IBM also deepened her technical knowledge in the area of network and service management for mobile and Cloud based services. Currently, Donna is an academic collaborator in the SFI funded projects, SURF and SFI Centre Connect, where she is investigating the research challenges associated with the Internet of Things (IoT).

    As part of her role as lecturer she is also programme director for the fully online programme, MSc in Cloud Computing, and also teaches a number of online modules across a range of academic programmes. She is chair of the Computing Department’s research studies committee and is a committee member of IEEE UK Ireland Women in Engineering and is a IEEE Senior Member.

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    Phone: 021 4335116

    donna.oshea@cit.ie

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
  • Paul Rothwell

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science


    Paul completed a BSc in Computer Science, Psychology and Mathematics in University College Dublin, followed by an MSc in Artificial Intelligence from University College Dublin, and an MA in Philosophy from University College Cork, where his thesis was titled "The Problem of Relevance in Cognitive Science". His teaching interests are in a wide variety of areas such as Human-Computer Interaction, Software Usability, Operating Systems, and Scripting. He is also very interested in the area of Cognitive Science.

    Phone: 021 4335524

    paul.rothwell@cit.ie

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
  • Vincent Ryan

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science


    Vincent completed a BSc in Mathematical Science and an MSc, both in UCC. He was interested in Cryptography, and through that, he began to develop a strong interest in the area of Information Security. Throughout his years in CIT, Vincent has lectured most modules in Computer Science including programming, Operating Systems, Compiler Theory, Analysis of Algorithms, Graph Theory, Computer Hardware, Systems Programming. However, in recent years, most of his lecturing has focused on Information Security, including Network Security, Web App Security, Software Security and Cryptography. Vincent is the programme coordinator of the MSc in Information Security.

    Phone: 021 4335112

    Vincent.Ryan@cit.ie

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
  • Dr Ted Scully

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science


    Ted is a lecturer in the Department of Computing at the Cork Institute of Technology. He has a BSc in Computer Science from University College Cork and a PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway in the area of optimization and multi-agent systems.

    His research expertise is in the area of data analytics, specifically in machine learning and meta-heuristic optimization. He has both led and participated in a range of multifaceted research and development projects focusing on the application of optimization techniques and machine learning algorithms (primarily classification and regression) to a diverse set of problem domains such as supply chain optimization, load balancing in wireless networks, micro-grid management and water and energy modelling on Irish dairy-farms.
    Ted is also a member of the Ríomh research group.

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    Phone: 021 4336140

    ted.scully@cit.ie

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
  • Dr David Stynes

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science


    David graduated with a BSc in Computer Science from UCC, before continuing on to obtain a PhD in Computer Science at UCC as well. His PhD was in the area of Quantified Constraint Satisfaction combined with Artificial Intelligence game-playing techniques. He worked as a Post Doc and Research Fellow at UCC in a variety of roles across multiple projects, gaining expertise in Optimisation, Constraint Programming, Reasoning under Uncertainty, Real Time Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Protocol Design, Software Development, Networking (for both Wired and Mobile networks), and Mobility Prediction.

    He was also involved in the foundation of the spin-out company Thinksmart Technologies which was later acquired by Cisco.

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    david.stynes@cit.ie

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
  • Byron Treacy

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science


    Byron graduated from UCC with a BSc in Computer Science. He also obtained an MSc in the area of Database Systems from UCC. Byron has lectured in Waterford and Cork Institutes of Technology, mainly in the area of Database Systems and Projects. Database Systems involve a number of topics which include design, programming, system administration and optimisation. Databases are an integral part of many IT systems and are therefore taught in computer science, business and biotechnology programmes in CIT.

    Phone: 021 4335526

    Byron.Treacy@cit.ie

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
  • Prof. Paul Walsh

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science

    Paul is a Lecturer/Researcher at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) where he leads the SIGMA research Group. He holds a PhD, MSc and BSc Hons in Computer Science from the National University of Ireland and has a long list of publications including outstanding paper awards. He was recently awarded a distinction in Project Management, holds PMI PMP certification and has consulted on a wide range of projects ranging from start-up technology companies to managing projects for global corporations.

    He is funded under national and international research schemes such as the EU FP7 and Horizon 2020 programmes where he oversees research in data analytics, machine learning and high performance computing. He provides training to a long list of international clients in project management, informatics and analytics.

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    Phone: 021 433 5572

    Paul.Walsh@cit.ie

    Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
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