Organizers

Program Committee

Gerald Craddock
Gerald Craddock
Chief Officer, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (Ireland)
Dr. Craddock is the inaugural Chief Officer of the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, a statutory body established by the Irish Government in 2007. It is part of the National Disability Authority, which is the lead state agency on disability in Ireland. The Centre and its highly experienced team is focused on enabling the design of environments that can be accessed, understood, and used regardless of age, size, and ability. Key domain areas covered by the Centre are the built environment, products and services, and information and communication technologies (ICT).

The Centre’s focus is on infusing universal design into educational curricula at all levels, developing standards in professional and industrial services, and creating awareness of the benefits of universal design within Ireland. With strong links to Europe and with the European Union, the Centre’s work extends to leading the revision of European and International Standards in the development of new universal design standards.

Dr. Craddock was an expert evaluator for the European Commission’s research and innovation funding program, the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). He is also past president of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE), an organization that recognizes the interdependence of universal design and assistive technology. Prior to his role with the Centre, Dr. Craddock managed a national assistive technology service delivery department, working with a trans-disciplinary team of professionals. He has also headed up projects at both the national and European level, with specific emphasis on technology in education and the development of services in the field of assistive technology.

Dr. Craddock is a graduate of Dublin City University with an Electronic Engineering degree, a Postgraduate Diploma in Social and Vocational Rehabilitation Management from University College Dublin (UCD), and a PhD from the Centre of Disability Studies in UCD. He has published widely in peer reviewed journals as well as continuing as a visiting lecturer at the University College Dublin and the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Finbarr Feeney
Finbarr Feeney
Head of Department, Computing, Institute of Technology Tallaght
Dr. Barry Feeney has held the position of Head of Department of Computing in the Institute of Technology Tallaght since 2004. He has previously lectured in IT Tallaght, IT Carlow, and NUI Maynooth. He has lead national and EU funded international research projects involving industry and academic partners in the area of acoustic/ultrasonic analysis of wood and wood product quality. Coordinator of the Institute of Technology Consortium response to the HEA ICT Skills program, he is an active member of the third level Computing-Industry forum. Dr. Feeney was a member of the High Level ICT Academic-Industry Foresight Group, which oversaw the implementation of the first ICT Skills Plan. He has championed the Scratch Transition Year program developed by LERO and the ICS as a real initiative to introduce computational thinking to second level students. He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Surrey, MSc and BSc Hons from NUI Maynooth, and a Certificate in Managing Change from the IPA.

Markus Hoffman
Markus Hoffman
Lecturer, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
Dr. Markus Hofmann is currently a lecturer at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown in Ireland where he focuses on the areas of data mining, text mining, data exploration and visualization, as well as business intelligence. He holds a PhD degree from Trinity College Dublin, an MSc in Computing (Information Technology for Strategic Management) from the Dublin Institute of Technology, and a BA in Information Management Systems. He has taught extensively at the undergraduate and postgraduate level in the fields of Data Mining, Information Retrieval, Text/Web Mining, Data Mining Applications, Data Pre-processing and Exploration, and Databases. Dr. Hofmann has been published widely at the national and international levels, and specialized in recent years in the areas of Data/Text Mining, learning object creation, and virtual learning environments. Further, he has strong connections to the Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics sector, both on an academic as well as an industry level.

Dr. Hofmann has worked as technology expert together with over 30 different organizations in recent years including companies such as Intel, RapidMiner and many successful start-ups. Most of his involvement was on the innovation side of technology services and products where his contributions had significant impact on the success of such projects.

He is a member of the Register of Expert Panelists of the Irish Higher Education & Training Awards council, external examiner to two other third level institutes and a specialist in undergraduate and post graduate course development. He has been internal as well as external examiner of postgraduate thesis submissions. He was also general, local and technical chair of national and international conferences. He recently finalized editing one of RapidMiner’s first comprehensive use case books which is published by Chapman & Hall and started editing a text mining book using open source software which will be on the market later in 2015.

David Irwin
David Irwin
Support Team Member, Technological University for Dublin
Dr. David Irwin was Head of Humanities at IT Tallaght from 2000-2014. He is currently a member of the TU4Dublin Support Team with specific responsibility to write the compelling case and application for Technological University designation arising from the merger between DIT, IT Blanchardstown, and IT Tallaght. His research interests focus on discourses of power with specific reference to politics and identity. He holds degrees in Arts, Communication and Behavioural Sciences, and Law.

Kevin Kelly
Kevin Kelly
Head of the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies, Dublin Institute of Technology
Dr. Kevin Kelly is a chartered engineer and Head of the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). He is an electrical services engineer who supervises PhD and other research in the general area of interior lighting. He completed his Doctoral Degree with the University of Sheffield in 2009 and as part of that he completed a thesis on organizational change and on changing universities in particular. He has been at the forefront of change in DIT over the last decade as Head of Learning Development in the then Faculty of Engineering, then as a Head of Department undergoing massive change, and now as head of a brand new school at its first development stages.

Eamon Maher
Eamon Maher
Director, National Centre for Franco-Irish Studies, Institute of Technology Tallaght
Eamon Maher is Director of the National Centre for Franco-Irish Studies at the Institute of Technology Tallaght, where he also lectures in Humanities. Apart from a keen interest in the links - cultural, literary and historic - between the Celtic cousins, France and Ireland, he is also interested in 20th century French and Irish fiction, contemporary Catholicism in France and Ireland, and cultural theory. He has published a number of monographs - the most recent of which is 'The Church and its Spire': John McGahern and the Catholic Question (Columba, 2011) - and has edited or co-edited over 20 books. He is also general editor of the successful Reimagining Ireland book series with Peter Lang Oxford.

Daniel McSweeney
Daniel McSweeney
Head of the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies, Dublin Institute of Technology
Daniel McSweeney is a lecturer at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Ireland where he lectures on a wide range of informatics and creative digital media courses. He has lectured at undergraduate and post graduate levels on a range of topics including software engineering, software engineering algorithms, graphical user interface design, databases, web design, content management systems, multimedia authoring, eLearning, and emerging technologies. Daniel is also the institute’s eLearning coordinator and is responsible for the institute’s roll out of eLearning technologies such as learning management systems, virtual classroom systems, and a range of content authoring tools. His current research interests include online pedagogies, eLearning technologies in education, and learning management systems.

Mike Murphy
Mike Murphy
Director of Digital Campus & Learning Transformation, Dublin Institute of Technology
Mike holds an Honours Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Dublin Institute of Technology, BSc (Eng) from Trinity College Dublin, and MEng and PhD degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology in the United States. He is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He sits on the Advisory Council of the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI) and is currently the President of the European Engineering Deans Council. Mike spent a number of years in industry, commencing his career in AT&T Bell Labs and later moving to Bell Communications Research before returning to the academy.

He joined DIT in 2002 as the Director of the Faculty of Engineering, and in November 2009 Mike accepted responsibility for the newly formed College of Engineering & Built Environment at Dublin Institute of Technology. In February 2014, Mike moved to the Technological University for Dublin Program Team to assist in the process of seeking university designation for the Dublin Technological University Alliance.

John O’Connor
John O’Connor
Director, Dublin Institute of Technology
John O’Connor is a director of the Dublin Institute of Technology and Dean of the College of Arts and Tourism. His strategic focus is on four key issues: the development of a National Strategy for Higher Education by the HEA (Higher Education Authority in Ireland), the Technological University for Dublin, the continuing reorganization of DIT, and the development of the new DIT city centre campus at Grangegorman. These issues are, in large part, a response to the current initiative to provide a coherent response to the global crisis from the academic community and will shape the future of Irish Higher Education for the next generation. This provides an exciting opportunity to re-imagine the sector and, in particular, to embed the cultural and creative industries at its heart.

John joined DIT in 1994 and was appointed Senior Lecturer in Design and Head of the Dublin School of Creative Arts four years later. He led the development of the only full time honours degree program to be delivered on an offshore island in Ireland, the BA in Visual Art. In 2008, the school launched a new Master’s program developed specifically for the Design Ireland Skillnets and aimed at senior personnel in the Irish design sector.

Before joining DIT, John founded a graphic design firm and was Art Director of Film Ireland. He was also actively involved with the representative bodies and was a founding member of the Graphic Design Business Association, now Design Business Ireland. John was elected to the board of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland in 2014 and sits on the board of Irish Design 2015.

Kevin O’Rourke
Kevin O’Rourke
Digital Campus Architect, Dublin Institute of Technology
Kevin was educated at St. Augustine’s College, Dungarvan, University College Dublin, and University College London, where he received a PhD in intellectual history. His professional career has spanned advertising and publishing in Dublin, New York, and London, and he has worked extensively on electronic publishing projects with Routledge and with the university presses at Oxford and Cambridge. Before joining DIT in May 2002, he worked in London as a senior producer for Fathom.com, the online learning company sponsored by Columbia University. Kevin was recently seconded to the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education to work on specified sectoral analysis, returning to DIT in late 2016.

Luke Raeside
Luke Raeside
Department of Informatics, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
Luke Raeside holds a PhD in Computer Science from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and specialized in the development of web-based software for e-Learning. Dr. Raeside lectures in Computer Science at the Institute of Technology in Blanchardstown and has a keen and active research interest in the development of software based systems to enhance learning and teaching, particularly within the paradigm of constructivism. Recently Dr. Raeside has been exploring the development of e-Learning software systems within the third level sector.

Local Organizing Committee

Joanne Lumley
Joanne Lumley
Support Team Member, Technological University for Dublin
Joanne Lumley is a member of the TU4Dublin team in preparation for the designation of the Technological University for Dublin. Her roles include project management, website development and maintenance, communications, event planning, and event management.