Thursday, December 20, 2007

Dec 2007 Grant Success: CASL Scientific Computing Sensor Facility

A group of us in the UCD CASL were awarded €620,000 as part of a successful grant application under the 2007 SFI Equipment Call. This is a great success for CASL as the grant involved researchers from 4 different schools (Computer Science & Informatics, Mathematical Sciences, Electrical, Electronic & Mechanical Engineering, and Geological Sciences). This equipment supports large-scale experiments with complex multimedia sensing and processing at terabyte scales.

UCD’s Complex and Adaptive Systems Laboratory (CASL) is a collaborative research laboratory which leverages the unique mix of expertise at UCD in various fields. CASL puts computer scientists, information scientists, mathematicians, electronic engineers, geologists, biologists and financial academics in the same space to work on grand-challenge problems.

CASL brings together 25 nationally- and internationally-funded and recognised principle investigators (PIs) with over 150 graduate and post-doctoral researchers from the UCD Schools of Business, Computer Science and Informatics, Electrical, Electronic & Mechanical Engineering, Geological Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and the UCD Conway Institute for Biomolecular and Biomedical Research. These are organised into overlapping thematic areas including informatics, sensor systems, computational biology, computational and data-intensive science, and mathematical finance.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Dec 2007 Co-Chair Pervasive 2008 Late Breaking Results

Preliminary Call for Late Breaking Results Papers

Pervasive 2008
The Sixth International Conference
on Pervasive Computing
Sydney, Australia
May 19-22, 2008


Preliminary Call for Late Breaking Results Papers

Submission Deadline: 1st February 2008, 18:00 EST
Notification of acceptance: 15th March 2008
Camera-ready paper deadline: 29th March 2008

Within the category of Late Breaking Results, PERVASIVE 2008
provides researchers the opportunity to present their results in
three ways, as a poster, published paper and short "1 minute madness".
We welcome contributions on original and recent research findings,
early stage research, fundamental results, basic research contributions
and novel ideas in the area of pervasive computing technologies,
systems, and application.

Authors are invited to submit late breaking results papers to be peer
reviewed, which if accepted will be published in the Adjunct Proceedings
of PERVASIVE 2008 by the OCG. Authors of accepted late breaking
results papers will present a poster at a dedicated conference poster

All authors of late breaking results papers will be able to present an
overview of their paper/poster during the established "1-minute madness
session" prior to the poster session - a prime spot for showcasing new
and innovative ideas. This open forum stimulates discussion and facilitates
multiple avenues for you to disseminate your research and affords attendees
several ways to access your research.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Device, communication, and interaction technologies for pervasive
* Pervasive sensing, perception and inference for context
* Software infrastructure, middleware and frameworks for pervasive
computing systems and environments.
* Analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of pervasive
systems and applications.
* Deployment and management of pervasive systems and services and
emerging industrial scenarios.
* Pervasive computing interaction models, user interfaces and user
* Privacy, security, and trust in pervasive computing.

Contributions will be peer reviewed and, if accepted, will be published
as short papers in the Adjunct Proceedings of PERVASIVE 2008 with
the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) series and online.

Submission and Review Process
Submissions must be no longer than 4 pages in OCG Format. A sketch
outlining the planned poster presentation may be attached as an
additional page. Authors should submit electronic versions (in PDF
format) of their papers to EDAS. Once logged in select "Pervasive
2008 Late Breaking Results Papers" to submit your paper or use the
direct URL:

Late Breaking Results Co-Chairs
Aaron Quigley
University College Dublin, Ireland

Rene Mayrhofer
Lancaster University, UK

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Dec 2007 Umer Rashid starts as IBM/IRCSET funded postgrad

Umer Rashid has joined me this week as a postgrad in the SRG. Umer has a Masters from the U-VR Lab, GIST, Gwangju, South Korea under the supervision of Wontack Woo. He comes to us with a number IEEE, LNCS and HCI publications. His Masters thesis is on Context-based Disclosure of Personal Information in Pervasive Healthcare Using an Ontology-based Context Model. Umer is based on the 3rd floor of the CASLso he can colaborate with with other Ubicomp SRG researchers.

Umer is getting an IRCSET scholarship under the Enterprise Partnership Scheme from IBM and will be working on Human-computer-interaction in ubiquitous computing environments. His initial focus is on the personalization of user interfaces, and privacy and information disclosure issues associated with interaction of wearable computing devices with context-aware services in ubiquitous computing environments. Initially with a focus on instrumented spaces for long term self and remote monitoring by/of elders, using off the shelf wearable monitoring devices. We expect he will be working closely with Tom Holland and a number of other ubiquitous computing researchers in the CASL we expect with IBM and Vincent's hospital in time.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Nov 2007 UbiComp 2008 Program Committee

I was invited to serve on the UbiComp 2008 Program Committee. UbiComp is a top-tier conference. UbiComp 2008 is the Tenth International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and will be held in Seoul, South Korea from September 21 - 24, 2008. I look forward to working with my students on various submissions and participating in this program committee with my international colleagues.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Nov 2007 Appointed PI, TRIL Technology Platform Strand

Myself and Prof. Paddy Nixon are the two new Co-Principal Investigators into the TRIL Technology Platform Strand with a team of about 7 currently based in Engineering. TRIL represents a total investment by Intel and the IDA of around $30 million in the Technology Research for Independent Living Centre (TRIL). In the coming months we will be having a series of events to highlight our research to the Technology Platform Strand team and for them to showcase their impressive work to us here in the SRG and CSI.

Past News Item

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Oct 2007 Dagstuhl Seminar Invitation

I have been invited to attend a Dagstuhl Seminar in May of 2008 on Graph Drawing with Applications to Bioinformatics and Social Sciences. This is a very timely event for me, as I am working with a number of grad students, namely Mike Bennett, Mike Farrugia and Eamon Phelan on just these two areas. In addition Brendan Sheehan MSc, one of my grad students, has been developing the research and method behind CellTransformer: A Tool to Generate Reaction Networks through Graph Transformation. The timing is a little tight as I need to fly to Australia shortly afterwards where I'm the Late Breaking Results Co-Chair for Pervasive 2008, the Sixth International Conference on Pervasive Computing.

I'm looking forward to hearing about work in both Bioinformatics and the Social Sciences and any new techniques and applications that are emerging.

To quote to organisers!

"Automated graph drawing deals with the layout of relational data arising from computer science (data base design, data mining, software engineering), and other sciences such as bioinformatics (metabolic networks, protein-protein interaction), business informatics (business process models), and criminalistics (social networks, phone-call graphs). In mathematical terms, such relational data are modeled as graphs or more general structures such as hypergraphs, clustered graphs, or compound graphs. Graph drawing communicates the relational information through diagrams drawn in the plane. The main objective is to display the data in a meaningful fashion, that is, in a way that shows well the underlying structures, and that often depends on the application domain.

In this seminar, we will to focus on graph drawing in two important application domains: bioinformatics (metabolic pathways, regulatory networks, protein-protein interaction) and social sciences and criminalistics (case information diagrams, phone-call graphs). In both application domains, the underlying information is usually stored in large data bases constituting a huge and complex graph, but only a suitable fraction of this graph is visualized and the exploration of the underlying graph is guided by the user. Thus, the user becomes a central actor that triggers dynamic updates of the displayed graph and its layout. The support of application-specific update functionality in conjunction with high quality graph layout is essential in order to gain user acceptance in the targeted application areas."

Friday, October 19, 2007

Oct 2007 Three Open Postdoc Posts

3 postdoctoral research positions available in:

* wireless sensor networks
* software engineering for autonomic systems
* enterprise systems engineering

Systems Research Group
School of Computer Science and Informatics
UCD Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

The group

UCD's Systems Research Group conducts world-recognised research in
software and systems engineering, with particular emphasis on
pervasive computing, autonomic communications, software development of
dependable systems, complex systems visualisation and embedded systems
design. SRG is unique in spanning the range of systems disciplines
from hardware and programming up to mathematical modeling and
analysis, and places great emphasis on collaborative research that
leverages this expertise. The group is accommodated within UCD's
Complex and Adaptive Systems Laboratory (CASL,, a
groundbraking facility that brings together researchers in computer
science, mathematics, bioinformatics, physical and earth sciences to
conduct researech in a highly cross-disciplinary environment. SRG
currently consists of five academic staff, three postdoctoral
researchers and around 30 graduate students (almost all fully-funded)
studying both full- and part-time for advanced degrees. The group has
a current grant portfolio worth over EUR3.5M and a publication output
of over 30 papers per year in world-leading conferences and journals.

As part of its on-going research programme, SRG has vacancies for
three talented and well-motivated postdoctoral researchers to help
drive the group's evolution. Suitable candidates will have a
successful academic record to doctoral level, together with a
portfolio of internationally peer-reviewed conference and journal
publications and evidence of significant future potential in
research. Furthermore they will be expected to engage broadly in the
development of the group, the supervision of graduate students and
other activities.

Salaries for all three posts will be in the range EUR37,886 -
EUR46,043 depending on qualifications and experience. All posts are of
two years' durattion with the possibility of extension, and will be
probational for the first 12 months.

The positions

Postdoctoral researcher in wireless sensor networks

The successful candidate will conduct and manage research in the area
of wireless sensor networks embedded into the built environment,
providing advanced sensor and actuator capabilities within built
artefacts. This will take place within the framework of a large-scale
collaboration managed by Cork Institute of Technology and including
several other Irish universities and public bodies, which will also
fund two studentships in the area. A track record of research in one
or more of pervasive computing, network analysis, embedded systems
development and systems architecture are essential, as is a
willingness to learn and work in a variety of new areas. Further
particulars can be obtained from Dr Simon Dobson

Postdoctoral researcher in software engineering for autonomic systems

The successful candidate will work in conjunction with LERO, the Irish
Software Engineering Research Centre ( to conduct
research into improving the principles and practice of engineering
autonomic systems -- self-managing, self-optimising, self-healing and
so forth. Current interests include programming languages and
approaches, middleware, complex systems visualisation, and
mathematical models of software engineering, and a track record in one
or more of these areas are essential. The researcher will join a team
including an exisiting postdoc and four fully-funded graduate
students. Further particulars can be obtained from Dr Aaron Quigley

Postdoctoral researcher in enterprise systems engineering

The successful candidate will work in collaboration with Oracle
Ireland Ltd on the development of improved models and techniques for
diagnosing, predicting and managing faults and failures within
large-scale distributed software systems. A track record in one or
more of distributed systems, autonomic computing, dependable systems,
fault-tolerance and fault analysis are essential. Further particulars
may be obtained from Prof Paddy Nixon (

To apply

Please direct expressions of interest (including short CV) to the
contact individual named above for the specific post of
interest. Applications will be accepted until all posts are filled.


Sunday, October 14, 2007

Oct 2007 European Patent Office Invention Filed

As part of my role as an IBM CAS Visiting Scientist I work with Extreme Blue groups during the summer period. Three of my former UCD honours student Keith, Cheryl and Darin have ended up on Extreme Blue. I consider it to be an exceptional opportunity for any grad to understand and experience industrial R&D. My involvement with Extreme Blue is a collaboration and often results in invention disclosures and from time to time a patent is filed. One such patent for a mobile recommendation invention was recently filed in Europe and we expect a follow up international application in the months to come.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Oct 2007 Tom Holland starts as IRCSET funded postgrad

I would like to welcome Tom Holland who recently started his Ph.D. with the Systems Research Group in the UCD Complex and Adaptive Systems Laboratory under my supervision with Prof. Paddy Nixon. Tom is starting his research in the area of richly sensorised pervasive computing environments. Tom has received a full scholarship from the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET). He is already busy at work on the course work component of his structured PhD program, a small Ubisense location project and we have had initial contacts with an industrial partner for collaboration on his research. Tom completed his B.Sc. in Internet Computing at the University of Hull in 2006 and previously spent 3 years in commercial development roles with digital agencies in Newcastle Upon Tyne and most recently with Acknowledgement Ltd. in London. Welcome to the SRG Tom and your first paper deadline is April for UbiComp 2008!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Sept 2007 CellTransformer: A Tool to Generate Reaction Networks through Graph Transformation

Brendan Sheehan MSc, one of the PhD scholars I supervise is off to The Eighth International Conference on Systems Biology, Long Beach California Oct 1-6, 2007. He is attending various tutorials and presenting a poster on his research, namely: "CellTransformer: A Tool to Generate Reaction Networks through Graph Transformation"

ICSB 2007

Rule-based models provide a declarative means to construct a computational model of biological systems. Rules specify how the model can evolve over time by transforming the underlying data or model into its next state. Most rule-based systems operate on strings. Graph transformation systems (GTS) can provide a more direct and intuitive description of many kinds of biological data such as protein-interaction data and data relating to cell-signalling pathways. Here we implement the GTS based formalism defined by Blinov et al to help generate molecular reactions based on rules that describe interactions between protein domains. We use the GTS tool AGG to implement the tool as a plugin for the forthcoming version of CellDesigner.
by Sheehan and Quigley.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Sept 2007 Masterclass in Software Architecture

Next week along with a few invited software architecture leaders and members of UK and Irish academia I am attending an IBM Masterclass. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about this area due to my work with Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre.

Grady Booch Software Architecture Masterclass 13th and 14th September 2007 Royal Academy of Engineering, London

The objectives include:
• Sharing participant understanding of the state of the art
• Exploring opportunities for research
• Identifying curriculum needs and ways of meeting them
• Exploring opportunities for collaborative initiatives
• Strengthening relationships between academia and IBM

Following a keynote from IBM Fellow Grady Booch, participants will break out into a succession of affinity groups to share understanding and experience, and discuss further initiatives.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Aug 2007 ODCSSS research internship

Prize @ ODCSSS
[ ODCSSS Feed ]

Over the past 12 weeks we have had 24 students from around the world working on 12 research projects in DCU and 12 projects in UCD. The site involved two directors, myself and Dr. Gabriel Muntean in DCU along with 24 supervisors and dozens of mentors and postgraduate students. The experience for the students was a very good one and the research outcomes are still being distilled into research publication (5+ so far) along with follow on research projects.

ODCSSS is an SFI funded Undergraduate Research Experience and Knowledge Award that we were awarded through a competitive grant process in late 2006. This site lasts for 3 years and the grant supported the intake in 2007 and will do so again in 2008 and 2009. We hope the theme for 2008 will grow out of our experience, projects, students and mentors from 2007. While running this site was a lot of work, the opportunity to see undergraduate students engaging in computer science research is invaluable for them and for the further development of 4th level Ireland.

Friday the 24th of August saw the final research day for the DCU-UCD ODCSSS UREKA research site. This event held at DCU attracted over 60 people and was of great interest to all. Starting with a prize giving ceremony and introductions the day progressed to the main research event which was held as a research poster session. The event finished with a certificate presentation to all 24 students who participated in this years research internship. Other events from this day included a tour and a social event see [ ODCSSS Feed ].

An email from the SFI came out today to announce the calls for other people to apply for a UREKA grant. I'm including it here in case any academic in Ireland would like to talk to us about our experience in developing and running a UREKA site.

From the SFI:
Proposals for the 2008 Undergraduate Research Experience and Knowledge Award (UREKA) are now invited.
Application submission deadline for UREKA Sites and International Exchange Programme is 1pm on Friday, October 26th 2007
Application submission deadline for UREKA Supplements: 1pm on Friday, 25th January 2008

Group Shot

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Aug 2007 Session Chair P2P 2007

Having Daniel Cutting as a PhD student brought me into the area of peer to peer computing. Building on my own background in systems research this exposure brought a new found interest in overlay networks and a renewed interest in distributed systems. We published a paper at Peer to Peer 2006 and based on this and conference interactions I was invited onto the program committee for P2P 2007, the Seveth IEEE International Conference on Peer-to-Peer Computing in Galway Ireland. I'm looking forward to this conference as we have recently had two P2P journal papers accepted and two of my new graduate students in the SRG in UCD will be looking into P2P research as part of their Pervasive Computing studies. It's nice to be involved in an evolving and expanding research area, going from strength to strength, with broader application and research.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Aug 2007 Peer to Peer Journal Papers [Daniel Cutting]

Computer Journal

Along with Daniel Cutting and Bjorn Landfeldt we have recently had two Journal papers accepted. Daniel was my first PhD student who submitted his thesis on Implicit Group Messaging on P2P network in June of 2007.

The first paper "Special interest messaging with SPICE" will be published by The Computer Journal.

"The Computer Journal publishes research papers in a full range of subject areas, as well as regular feature articles and occasional themed issues to enable readers to easily access information outside their direct area of research. The journal provides a complete overview of developments in the field of Computer Science." This paper presents what we feel is a new and novel form of mass group communication. Will this form of group communication take off? It's difficult to say but clearly we will break away from just consumer directed information seeking which is limited and is bound to change.

The second paper "SPICE: Scalable P2P Implicit Group Messaging" has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Computer Communication's Special issue on Foundation of Peer-to-Peer Computing.

"Computer Communications is an peer-reviewed international journal for those involved in designing and building the data communications systems of the future. It provides engineers, researchers, and consultants and systems managers in academia and industry with state-of-the-art papers on practical developments in computer- and tele-communications technology." This paper shows how a decentralised peer to peer solution can support Implicit Group Messaging in a scaleable and global manner. The work in this paper shows that new and novel forms of group communication can be facilitated by peer to peer networks with little strain in the network. A range of comprehensive and interesting "fairness" measures are presented and are used to show that the approach taken is fair both locally and globally.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

July 2007 Conference Roles IBM CAS 2007, AmI 2007, IOT 2008, Pervasive 2008

The summer is a busy time for completing research projects ready for publication in the coming year. Along with completing research projects the summer is also a busy time for reviewing papers for conferences coming up at the end of the year and for planning for events in the coming year.

I am the Program Chair for the IBM CAS Software and Systems Engineering Symposium 2007, Dublin Ireland, October 24. This has been a lot of work with the program committee reviewing and deciding on papers for publication. In addition, I've been busy reviewing papers for AmI-07 the European Conference on Ambient Intelligence (AmI-07), Darmstadt, Germany November 7-10. Along with acting as program chair and a program committee member this month I've also be busy with planning for future events almost 12 months away.

In 2008 I will be the Late Breaking Results Chair for the Sixth International Conference on Pervasive Computing (Pervasive 2008) on May 19-22 in Sydney, Australia. I will also be a member of the international program committee for Pervasive 2008. Another event of interest is the new Internet of Things International Conference for Industry and Academia on March 26-28 2008 in Zurich Switzerland where I will be on the Scientific Program Committee.

For more details see my [ Call for Papers Feed ]

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

July 2007 New Papers [Ross Shannon]

The students in my group have been publishing a number of a new papers of late.

Ross Shannon has had two papers accepted in recent months, one on collecting and reasoning about context data from sensors in the environment and another on visualising communications in ad-hoc networks. "Towards Scatterbox: a Context-Aware Message Forwarding Platform", to be presented at MRC 07 at Context 07, presents ongoing work from our group in designing reasoning frameworks that can collate and reason about large amounts of context data gleaned from a wide range of sensors in a smart environment. In this case we have designed a system that decides to forward only relevant emails to a user's mobile device, where their attention should only be drawn to important messages.

The second paper, "Visualising Network Communications to Evaluate a Data Dissemination Method for Ubiquitous Systems" presents a novel visualisation application useful for designers of ubiquitous systems to be presented at Ubiquitous Systems Evaluation 2007 in September. As these systems will generally be designed to use ad-hoc networks of heterogeneous devices, many of which will join and leave the network
constantly, the stability of the data within the network is crucially important. The visualisation depicts an evolving network topology, which draws attention to nodes which have not passed their data to
other nodes in the system, thus making them more at risk of data loss if they leave the network before passing on this information. The visualisation can thus be used as an aid to the designer of the
communication protocol to view the emergent behaviours of their data dissemination algorithm.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

July 2007 Panelist - 20th Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training

CSEET 2007 Logo

In early July 2007 I was an invited panelists at the Conference for Software Engineering Education and Training, 2007 (CSEET 2007) on "Preparing Students for Software Engineering Research".
Along with these panelists:
Dr. Laurie Williams, North Carolina State University, USA
Mr. Austin Hanley, Head of School of Engineering, Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland
Dr. Brian O’Donovan, IBM, Blanchardstown, Dublin, Ireland
My discussion points were built around the following point from [Shaw 2000] "Software Engineering Education: A Roadmap" that says:
"Preparation for research, of course, is different from preparation for engineering practice. A researcher needs deeper preparation in underlying principles, in problem formulation, and in validation of results as well as a special kind of inquisitiveness and creativity."
My points included:
  • Software Engineering Research is about discovering, interpreting, and revising our knowledge of the field
  • I believe that preparation for research in industry can only be achieved in the scope of postgraduate education
  • in teaching we should emphasise where current engineering practice fails when teaching it, identify problems as research opportunities
  • we should rovide opportunities for summer research internships in 2nd and 3rd year undergrads, such as our ODCSSS program in UCD-DCU
  • we should build awareness of open software engineering research issues faced in academic and industrial research labs
  • in teaching underlying principles try ideas such as eg. comparative learning (programming, development)
  • in teaching problem formulation try to weave learning how to describe a problem (not the solution) into course work
  • in teaching validation of results incorporate experimental methods into courses
  • to support inquisitiveness provide bottom up support for competitions, clubs, internships, industry prizes
  • to support creativity provide scope in all course work to step beyond the practice to discover an alternate approach.

The overall moderator Ita Richardson framed the question as:
"Discussions of software engineering education tend to focus on the needs of industry and the preparation of graduates for professional careers. This is understandable, and may even be appropriate, but what about those who hope to go on to do research in software engineering - how well are we catering for them?"

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

July 2007 Graduate Programme in Visualisation, Graphics and Vision (VGV)

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In the first week of July 2007 a group of academics from the three Dublin-based universities – Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and Dublin City University led by Prof. Carol O'Sullivan submitted a GREP application for a Graduate Programme in Visualisation, Graphics and Vision (VGV) to IRCSET. This was the culmination, in funding terms, of over 18 months collective effort involving visits to 30 international sites and an in depth local marketing survey. In research and academic terms, this is but one of the first steps to the establishment of an international leading graduate program.

"This graduate research education programme on Visualisation, Graphics and Vision (VGV) will combine the international research track records of leading academics from TCD, UCD and DCU in the highly complementary thematic areas of graphics, animation, vision, image engineering, visualisation and simulation. The program is built around a networked virtual campus, that facilitates leading world-class research, industry engagement, inter-disciplinary collaboration and the development of a student cohort with industrially relevant research skills."

Now that the grant application has gone in we hope to move onto the development of the recruitment and hiring process for a student intake in Sept/Oct 2007 along with starting our program in the small with the expectation we can ramp up as suitable funds become available.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

July 2007 Grant Evaluation FCT Portugal


In late June I was invited by the Foundation for Science and the Technology Portugal (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia) to evaluate a number of grant proposals on a Computer Engineering Panel. This involved the detail review and evaluation of over 15 proposals followed by a two day scientific evaluation panel meeting hosted at the offices of the Science and Technology Foundation – Lisbon.

Overall this was a very rewarding and enlightening experience. Having been involved in remote project evaluations in Ireland, the UK, Australia and Canada this level of involvement and commitment took the oversight process to a new level of rigour. This process is how the SFI in Ireland reviews many of its grant applications and it really is international best practice. The Foundation for Science and the Technology promotes national scientific inquiry and the technological development through financing project at institutions of scientific inquiry. All project funding decisions are made through a public competition and independent evaluations are carried out by panels consisting by foreign scientists, such as the one I was involved with.

The round I was involved with had over 5,000 applications which has kept the hard working staff in the FCT busy for many many months!

Monday, June 18, 2007

June 2007 Expert Panel Visualisation, Graphics and Vision

Mark BillinghurstProf. Jessica K.Hodgins, CMU Prof. James Crowley, INPG/INRIA

On June 16, 2007 we had an expert panel review our proposed inter-University graduate program in Visualisation, Graphics and Vision. Academics from the three Dublin-based universities – Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and Dublin City University presented. Representatives from all three organisations attended and the proposal and its background were presented to the panel under the following headings:
  • Introduction to Team and panel members.
  • Vision: research goals, scientific rationale
  • Context: current Irish system; graduate education and funding environment, esp. current IRCSET calls
  • Research: overview of current research and graduate education activities of team Infrastructure: facilities, equipment and services available in the three institutions
  • Best Practice: presentation and discussion by team members on outputs of visits to international centres of excellence
  • Industry Liaison: planned industry involvement and market research undertaken
  • Programme: detailed presentation of the contents of the proposed programme, including taught modules, structures and governance
The expert panel provided us detailed feedback in terms of:
  • Funding
  • Recruitment/Advertising
  • Admissions
  • Courses/Modules
  • Governance
  • Evaluation

The panel said they were very impressed with the calibre of the programme team, which consists of high-quality, well-respected researchers with international reputations in the fields of visualisation, graphics and vision. They particularly liked the complementary expertise within the team, the range of ages and experience, and the interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborative spirit and enthusiasm that was evident from the presentations and discussions at the meeting. The panel believes that this programme will be novel and ground-breaking, and could serve as an example for future such programs internationally.

Based on this experience, our industrial survey and visits to over 30 institutions internationally we are planning a submission to IRCSET under their up coming call for full GREPs.

Prof. Ming C. Lin, UNC Chapel HillProf. Peter Eades, NICTA/Usyd AustraliaProf. Philipp Slusallek

Friday, June 15, 2007

June 2007 InfoVis Symposium Dublin

Lero Support

UCD Complex & Adaptive Systems Laboratory
Information Visualisation 
Mini-Symposium June 15th 2007


This Information Visualisation symposium saw people from industry and academia from around Ireland come together for a mini-symposium on Information Visualisation. Aaron Quigley chaired the event with support from Lero and with support from IRCSET for our keynote who was attending our VGV GREP expert panel the next day. 

One of our external academic participants said, "I was impressed by the range and quality of the Info Vis PhD/Masters projects here. The projects were pushing the science, and they were clearly well-grounded in industrial reality. I think you have an excellent research environment, and it was a pleasure to be here."

Another of our partner academics said, "I just wanted to write a quick thank you for the Information Visualisation Day you organised last June. I found it very useful and it was a great opportunity to meet with people doing like-minded things."

One of our external industry participants said, "The symposium was a very interesting event with many innovative presentations. Such events are also a great opportunity for industry and research to meet and discuss areas of mutual interest. I'd certainly like you to keep both myself and the wider team here in Dublin informed of any future events which may be of interest to us. "

10.00 - 10.05 Welcome - Aaron Quigley
10.05 - 11.00 Keynote - Peter Eades, NICTA Australia Algorithmics for Network Visualization
11.00 - 11.20 Coffee
11.20 - 11.40 Brendan Sheehan - Visualizing Error and Uncertainty
11.40 - 12.00 Aimal Tariq Rextin - Dynamic Upward Planarity Testing of Single Source Digraphs
12.00 - 12.20 Luke O'Malley - Treemaps for Feature Models in Software Evolution
12.20 - 12.40 Martin Harrigan - Minimum-Crossing Embeddings of Trees in k Levels
12.40 - 13.20 Lunch
13.20 - 13.40 Mike Bennett - Colour and Visualisation
13.40 - 14.00 Daren Nestor - Visualisation of Software Product Lines
14.00 - 14.20 Benoit Gaudin, Comparative Visual Analytics
14.20 - 14.40 Ross Shannon - Visualizing Gossiping Algorithms
14.40 Close of Symposium
15.00 - 15.30 Tour of UCD visualisation facilities and tabletop tissue micro array visualisation

Thursday, June 14, 2007

June 2007 TMA EMBO Course and Demo

As part of our ODCSSS 2006 we had a student work on a TableTop tissue microarray visualisation. Following on from this we were part of an application to run an EMBO Practical Course on Tissue Microarray Construction and Image Analysis headed by researchers in the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science based in the UCD Conway Institute. In this EMBO course I focussed on our Tabletop work over the past few years and how novel human computer interaction could help clinicians and pathologists in-situ with their work. Thanks to Mike Bennett for leading the IVG VisLab tours of our tabletop system allowing the participants to partake in our gesture driven system.

June 2007 China Research Trip

Gaming and Graphics Workshop Beijing

From May 27th until June 4th I took part in an IRCSET funded GREP research visit with my colleague Marie Redmond from Trinity College Dublin to China. IRCSET funded our exploratory grant which supported this trip for the development of a Graduate Programme in Visualisation, Graphics and Vision.

We visited two Universities, Tsinghua in Beijing and Fudan in Shanghai along with Microsoft Research and IBM Research. In addition we attend the two day Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on Gaming & Graphics in Beijing. This event allowed us to meet a wide range of academics from China, Japan, Korea and Australia. This two-day workshop included Microsoft Research Asia updates along with research and teaching presentations university faculty members. In addition these was one poster session and several moderated and informal group discussions. Our visit to Fudan was hosted by colleagues from UCD and UCD collaborators in the Software School. My school in UCD teaches a joint undergraduate degree program with the Software School in Fudan. This visit helped us focus on their Visualisation, Graphics and Vision research and 4th level plans.
MSRA Group Photo - G&G 07

The overall aim of this visit was document best practice in graduate research education in Chinese Universities and to understand how stronger links with industry and research labs can be developed.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

June 2007 SRG students attend Software Engineering Research Summer School


As part of the project SPL1 - Visualisation of Software Project Lines, UCD@Lero the Irish Software Engineering Research centre is providing support for Luke O'Malley one of my MSc students to the attend a summer school on software engineering which will take place from July 9th to July 21st on the island of Lipari, Italy. The school is chaired by Prof. Alfredo Ferro form the University of Catania and Prof. Egon Boerger from the University of Pisa. The courses offered will cover a wide range of software engineering topics, including
  • Domain Engineering, Prof. Dines Bjoerner, Technical University of Denmark, DK.
  • Feature Modularity in Software Product Lines, Prof Don Batory, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.
  • Requirements Engineering, Prof. Florin Spanachi, SAP Research Karlsruhe.
  • Evolvable Software Products, Prof. Peter Sestoft, Department of Natural Sciences, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, DK.
  • Web Services, Prof. Boualem Benatallah, The University of New South Wales, Australia.
  • High-Level Modeling Patterns, Prof. Egon Boerger, University of Pisa, Italy.
  • Principles and challenges of software architecture evolution, Prof. Carlo Ghezzi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
  • Distributed Systems Security, Prof. Dieter Gollmann, Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH),Germany

Luke hopes to gain a better understanding of software engineering and in particular learn more on the topic of software product lines which is directly related to his research. In addition he hopes to engage and discuss with other students at the school about their particular research topics. - Luke O'Malley

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Saturday, June 02, 2007

June 2007 Hdip and ODCSSS Feeds

UCD CSI Hdip Flyer

The School of Computer Science in UCD has been running a very successful and popular H. Dip. in Computer Science for a number of year. As the new course director I have started to revamp this course and improve its industrial relevance starting in 2007. Ongoing developments will solidify our role as the leading conversion course for non-computing majors into computer science in Ireland. I maintain an RSS feed which you can subscribe to in a number of ways: Higher Diploma Computer Science News Feed

The H. Dip. in Computer Science UCD is a conversion course which gives graduates from non-computing disciplines a sound theoretical foundation and practical exposure to Computer Science. In addition, the course may qualify participants to study for an M.Sc. in Computer Science. The course is made up of 10 modules of Computer Science, where a module typically consists of 24 lectures and additional practical sessions.


June 5th saw 12 students join us in Computer Science and Informatics in UCD for the UREKA (SFI) funded ODCSSS research summer school. In total there are 24 International research undergraduate projects in Ireland for "Technologies for Aiding Human Memory". ODCSSS 2007 News

ODCSSS the Online Dublin Computer Science Summer School is a paid research internship program for undergraduate students funded in part by the Science Foundation Ireland under their UREKA program. ODCSSS is a four-year collaborative internship program between the School of Computer Science and Informatics at the University College Dublin and the School of Computing at the Dublin City University.

This year we had over 100 applications from around the world. In 2007 we have students coming from Universities in Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand and the USA. The primary goal of this research program is to afford exceptional undergraduate students the opportunity to participate and contribute to exciting yet challenging research projects and to inspire them to go on to undertake research careers.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

May 2007 UbiComp 2007 PC

UbiComp 2007 PC

In May of 2007 I attend a two day meeting as a program committee member in Toronto for the 9th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing. This will be held on 16-19 September 2007 in Innsbruck, Austria. It was a great event with many of the leading figures in UbiComp in attendance. In addition I'm glad to say it was a very educational experience as I got to interact with some great people in fruitful discussion. I got to see first hand, yet again, how much time and effort goes into putting together a top class conference program. It reminded me very much of the dedication shown during the Pervasive 2006 PC meeting in Boston in Dec 2005.

Friday, May 11, 2007

May 2007 New Papers and Professional Activities

  • Dobson S., Bailey E., Knox S., Shannon R. and Quigley A., "A First Approach to the Closed-Form Specification and Analysis of an Autonomic Control System", 12th IEEE International Conference on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems (ICECCS 2007), Auckland, New Zealand, 11-14 July 2007

  • West D., Quigley A. and Kay J., "MEMENTO: A Digital Physical Scrapbook for Memory Sharing", Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing Special Issue on Memory and sharing of experiences, Pages 313-328, Volume 11, Number 4 / April, 2007

Thursday, May 03, 2007

May 2007 ODCSSS 24 International Students 2007

Image from ODCSSS 2006

ODCSSS in 2007 has 24 students coming from 11 countries. India, Hong Kong, Austria, Thailand, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovenia, France, Spain, USA and Ireland. Some of Irelandʼs best undergraduates coming from UCD, DCU, TCD, WIT, NUIG, NUIM and DIT have been made offers for posts this year.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Apr 2007 Graduate Research Education: Sweden


On April 18th I took part in an IRCSET funded GREP research visit with my colleague Gavin Doherty from Trinity College Dublin. IRCSET funded an exploratory grant which supported this trip for the development of a Graduate Programme in Visualisation, Graphics and Vision.

We attended an Open Day of the Swedish Institute of Computer Science and the Interactive Institute in Stockholm Sweden hosted by Dr. Jim Dowling. The aim of this visit was document best practice in graduate research education and to understand how stronger links with industry and research labs can be developed. While this was only a one day event we managed to speak with over 20 academics and graduate students from around Sweden representing 6 different Universities.

The following day a group of HCI academics in Uppsala very graciously gave us many hours of their time for an in depth discussion of graduate education in Sweden. Their combined experience has brought about their inter-disciplinary Master in HCI. From their description of the years of effort in creating this program and the strong industry links it's clear this will be the gold standard in graduate HCI education.

Our meeting in Uppsala was a very productive and informative half-day event. We are very thankful to Professor Mats Lind, Professor Jan Gulliksen, Professor Bengt Sandblad and all their team for their time and efforts with us. Graduate Education both taught and at the post doctoral level is markedly different between Sweden and Ireland. We aim to learn from these differences. We hope our proposed GREP can establish strong links with this world class HCI program.

Masters in HCI Uppsala

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Apr 2007 A digital-physical scrapbook for memory sharing

MEMENTO: a digital-physical scrapbook for memory sharing
Journal Personal and Ubiquitous Computing
Publisher Springer London
ISSN 1617-4909 (Print) 1617-4917 (Online)
Subject Computer Science
Issue Volume 11, Number 4 / April, 2007
Category Original Article
DOI 10.1007/s00779-006-0090-7
Pages 313-328

David West, Aaron Quigley and Judy Kay

Research from Project Nightingale Australia.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Mar 2007 Visualisation in Software Product Line Engineering


Along with Luke O'Malley in UCD and other colleagues in LERO we have had our workshop at SPLC accepted by international peer-review. We are organising a Workshop on Visualisation in Software Product Line Engineering (ViSPLE 2007), held in conjunction with the 11th Software Product Line Conference (SPLC 2007), Kyoto, Japan, September 10, 2007.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Mar 2007 IBM CAS Conference CFP

IBM Dublin CAS Banner

The Preliminary Call for Papers for the IBM CAS Software and Systems Engineering Symposium 2007 has now been published. This is the third annual IBM Dublin CAS research symposia organised as a multi-track single day event on October 24th 2007. This symposium is organised in association with CASCON 2007 -The 17th Annual International Conference on Computer Science and Software Engineering - URL ( and in cooperation with Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Center URL ( A number of staff from the School of Computer Science & Informatics and Lero@UCD, LERO@UL, LERO@TCD and LERO@DCU are involved with the organisation and program committee for this Symposium.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Mar 2007 UbiComp Reviews Start

I am a PC member for UbiComp 2007 and reviewing has now started for the 9th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing. [ Watch the UbiComp 2007 Promo Video here ].

This conference is to be held in Innsbruck, Austria in September 2007 with the General Conference Chair Thomas Strang and the Program Committee Co-Chairs John Krumm, Microsoft Research, USA; Gregory Abowd, Georgia Tech, USA and Aruna Seneviratne, NICTA, Australia.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Mar 2007 ODCSSS News Item DCU

ODCSSS Joel et al from 2006

DCU Research News on ODCSSS: An Online Dublin Computer Science Summer School (Odysseus) will run for a period of 12 weeks from June to August in both UCD and DCU. This is a paid internship programme designed for undergraduate students to experience and participate in ongoing world class IT research. This project is a Science Foundation Ireland funded Undergraduate Research Experience & Knowledge Site (UREKA).

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Mar 2007 Director of HDip, Higher Diploma in Computing

Aaron Quigley will be taking over from Henry McLoughlin as the Director of the Higher Diploma in Computer Science in Computer Science and Informatics.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Mar 2007 IBM Dublin CAS Symposium Program Chair

IBM Dublin CAS Banner
Aaron Quigley is the Program Chair for the IBM CAS Software and Systems Engineering Symposium 2007 (Dublin Ireland). This is the third annual IBM Dublin CAS research symposia organised as a multi-track single day event on October 24th 2007. This symposium is organised in association with CASCON 2007 the 17th Annual International Conference on Computer Science and Software Engineering ( and in cooperation with Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Center (

Monday, February 26, 2007

Feb 2007 Move of SRG group to CASL

We have moved to the new Complex & Adaptive Systems Laboratory along with 22 PIs in the first phase of its development. This lab brings together academics from the schools of Business, Computer Science and Informatics, Electrical, Electronic & Mechanical Engineering, Geological Sciences and Mathematical Sciences and the Conway Institute. We also now have 118 postgrads and postdocs and two administrators here in CASL.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Nov 2007 Best Paper Award

We won the Best Paper award for "Visualisation Techniques to Support Derivation Tasks in Software Product Line Development" authored by Nestor D., O'Malley L., Healy P., Quigley A., Thiel S., at the IBM CAS Software and Systems Engineering Symposium 2007.

The IBM Centre for Advanced Studies Dublin Symposium 2007 Wednesday on October 24th 2007 was organised in association with CASCON 2007, the 17th Annual International Conference on Computer Science and Software Engineering (, and in cooperation with Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Center (

The IBM CAS Software and Systems Engineering Symposium 2007 featured a keynote presentation from Professor Stefan Decker, DERI, research papers, a research panel on Sustainablility and Technology - Good partners? as a shared session (video conference) with CASCON 2007 in Canada, a research poster session and a capstone talk from Dr Steven Collins of Trinity College Dublin. The technical papers program featured original, internationally peer- reviewed research papers in the area of Software and Systems Engineering.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Jan 2007 Awarded SFI UREKA grant

Received a very competitive Undergraduate Research Experience & Knowledge Award (UREKA) from the Science Foundation Ireland for ODCSSS with DCU. This award, worth in excess of €300,000 will fund many undergraduate research projects based on the research efforts of the 20 academic applicants and grant co-applicants from 2007 - 2009.