Friday, December 15, 2006

Dec 2006 GREP research visit Sydney and Tokyo

VGV Graduate Programme in Visualisation, Graphics and Vision research and exploratory visits to NICTA (Australia), University of Sydney and the NII Tokyo Japan.

I even got to meet up with one of my former student Taiki Imoto from Hizen-Cho Saga Japan who I taught when he was just 15 and now he is 27! I'm now officially old and here are some photos from my time in Japan in 1995.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Nov 2006 SFI Ureka Grant Submitted

I am one of the lead applicants for a UREKA SFI grant request submitted to the SFI. This grant, if successful, will see me become the UCD director for ODCSSS from 2007 - 2009.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Nov 2006 InfoVis Symposium Poster

Information Visualization Symposium (InfoVis 2006), π-flow (Honorable mention), Benoit Gaudin, Mike Bennett, Brendan Sheehan and Aaron J. Quigley

Nov 2006 InfoVis Symposium Poster

Information Visualization Symposium (InfoVis 2006), π-flow (Honorable mention), Benoit Gaudin, Mike Bennett, Brendan Sheehan and Aaron J. Quigley

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Oct 2006 IRCSET GREP Award

IRCSET funded exploratory our grant for Graduate Programme in Visualisation, Graphics and Vision with TCD, UCD and DCU under their Graduate Research Education Programme.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Aug 2006 ODCSSS Final Research Day

The Online Dublin Computer Science Summer School (Odysseus or ODCSSS) 2006 brought together 17 students from around Ireland, Europe and the USA. The grand finale research day was held on Aug 25 2006. This undergraduate summer research program has been held between the School of Computer Science & Informatics at University College Dublin and the School of Computing at Dublin City University and is supported by the Adaptive Information Cluster. [More]

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

July 2006 Automotive Software - opportunities for Irish graduates, Technology Ireland Article

Quoted in a piece on Automotive Software - opportunities for Irish graduates, Technology Ireland, Issue 3 Vol 37.

Automotive software (Automobile Sector) is an expanding area of software engineering and embedded systems research and development. Within the next five years, premium cars are expected to host a cumulated amount of up to one gigabyte of binary code of software deployed via a set of interconnected embedded platforms. Software developers  already working in other domains like industrial automation systems and embedded telecommunications systems can readily transfer their skills to the automotive software sector .  The Irish government via the Science Foundation Ireland has funded the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre Lero with a focus on automotive software engineering (our focus in UCD is on Software Product Lines, Visualisation and Autonomic Software Systems). To design, implement and manage the complexity of such a huge, heterogeneous distributed system with increasingly short innovation cycles and a vast installed base, neither the techniques and methods of classical embedded systems are suitable, nor the known ones in the desktop and business software domain. "Automotive Software Engineering is a good example of how the Irish full end-to-end knowledge economy can be marshalled, in short order, for a high growth and high value area...The standard will be built around globally distributed software development using next generation visualisation tools in the development of autonomic automotie systems".  To tackle this challenge, we need newly adapted software engineering methods for the automotive domain that allow to specifically design the different software types, corresponding to their requirements, and to later on integrate the system parts into one reliable and manageable system. A specific example of this is the move from proprietary software architectures to industry wide standards. Current automotive systems consist of different electronic control units, a controller area network, sensors and actuators. Current industry wide efforts include a group developing the open standard AUTOSAR, which aims to have a common automotive architecture for developing vehicular software, user interfaces and management.


  2. Automotive Software - opportunities for Irish graduates,  Technology Ireland, Issue 3, Vol 37, July/August 2006 

Lero - The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre.



Past Events:

Lero Partners Ireland and Europe:

Analog Devices (I)
Ashling Microsystems
Beaumont Hospital
Robert Bosch GmbH 
IBM Ireland 
Iona Technologies plc
Intel Ireland Ltd 
Kugler Maag cie
Motorola Ireland
QAD Ireland Ltd
Silicon & Software Systems
eVolve Systems


Society of Automotive EngineersYazaki CorporationJohnson Controls
ZF Friedrichshafen AG

DaimlerChrysler. Research and Technology
FORD Research


Sunday, June 11, 2006

June 2006 Imaging, Visualisation & Graphics laboratory launch

IVG Lab Launch
We held the launch of the Imaging, Visualisation & Graphics laboratory in the School of Computer Science and Informatics with the support of Computer Services UCD. This launch was attended by UCD President, Vice President for Research, Vice President for Innovation, researchers from IBM and Intel along with academics from Conway Institute, Archaeology and Mechanical Engineering.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

May 2006 Pervasive 2006 State Reception

Best Paper Award Pervasive 2006
4th International Conference on Pervasive Computing State Reception hosted by Minister of State Tom Kitt in Dublin Castle who gave this welcoming speech and awarded the best paper prize. Minister Kitt was introduced by Philip Nolan, UCD registrar.

Thank you very much for your generous welcome. In particular, I would like to thank the hosts of this prestigious event - The Systems Research Group, in University College Dublin – and, indeed, all the corporate partners that have made this event possible.

It is interesting, I think, that so many people from Ireland - academia and our public and private sectors - have come together to support the conference - and to engage with their international counterparts in exploring this fascinating concept - Pervasive Computing. I am delighted that Ireland is hosting this conference. It is fair to say – I think - that modern Ireland is a very good fit for this event - both in terms of logistics - and in our closeness to the central theme of the conference - integrating ICT into the everyday environment.

It is a particuar pleasure for me to have been invited to speak this evening – because, as Minister for the Information Society – I have a keen interest in how technology can be applied – how and where they can add value – how they can enhance productivity – and, I suppose, how they can improve the quality of life....

[Read Full Speech]

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Apr 2006 Enterprise Ireland, International Collaboration Grant

I have been awarded an Enterprise Ireland, International Collaboration Grant for "Pervasive Visualisation: Off the desktop visualisation".

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Apr 2006 CHI 2006 Roadtrip

Myself and Mike Bennett will attended and presented 2 papers (conference and workshop) at the 2006 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2006 in Montreal, Canada between April 22-27 2006.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Mar 2006 Enterprise Ireland Technology Roadmap

We reached agreement with Enterprise Ireland to develop a technology roadmap series on Delivering Location Intelligence for a networked mobile world to be hosted in Dublin prior to both LoCA 2006 and Pervasive 2006.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Feb 2006 Online Dublin Computer Science Summer School

We launched Odysseus, the Online Dublin Computer Science Summer School which has 34 projects on offer for application from undergraduate students in Computer Science or related disciplines. I'm the UCD Director of ODCSSS. These projects are distributed across research labs in DCU and UCD and are arranged into the four thematic research strands of Imaging and Visualisation, Speech and Language Processing, Pervasive Computing and Software Engineering.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Feb 2006 Pervasive 2006 State Reception

The office of the Taoiseach (the Irish prime minister) has agreed to host a state reception in Dublin Castle for Pervasive 2006. Tom Kitt TD Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach and Government Chief Whip will host this Irish State Reception on May 8th 2006.