Core Faculty: Directors and Advisory Board

Prof Lizbeth Goodman, Academic Director

lizbethEducation (SMARTlab Director)
UCD Chair of Creative Technology Innovation/Academic Chair of the AssistID CoFund project and of numerous Connected Health Projects

Lizbeth founded the first iteration of SMARTlab at the Open University BBC in 1992 and has since directed all its inclusive learning and interactive technology projects for the creation of tools for lifelong learning. In 2005 at the University of East London, she was given a personal chair, for which she invented the term CTI- Creative Technology Innovation – to replace the less mobile, less personalised and less artistically- and socially-committed field of ICT. She is currently Chair of CTI and also Professor of Inclusive Design for Education at UCD, and an Executive of the Innovation Academy, and was elected Chair of the Social Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy in 2012. Her research and many publications span the fields of Performance, Media, Education, and Technologies for Lifelong Learning, with a specialism in creating tools and methods to enable all talented people to share their voices.

Anna Kelly, co-director, accessibility implementation

anna-kellyUCD Director of Access & Lifelong Learning

Dr Martin McNamara

namaraDean & Head of the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems

Dr Martin McNamara has been Dean of Nursing and Head of the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems since September 2010.

From  2007 to 2010, he was Head of Teaching and Learning in the School, with responsibility for the School’s portfolio of taught graduate programmes. He was appointed a Fellow in Teaching and Academic Development in May 2009 and undertook research in preparing graduate teaching assistants for their teaching and tutoring roles and in critical thinking across the university curriculum. He qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 1989, a General Nurse in 1993 and a Nurse Tutor in 2000.  He graduated from the Open University in 1997 with a first-class BSc (Hons) degree and from UCD in 2000 with a first-class MSc (Nursing) (Education). He subsequently undertook MEd and MA (SocSci) degrees with The Open University, graduating in 2002 and 2003, respectively.  He also undertook my doctoral work at The Open University Research School and completed my Doctor of Education degree in September 2007. His doctoral thesis was a sociological investigation into the underlying principles structuring academic nursing in Ireland (see here:
He is currently involved in funded research in the protection of older persons, the history of nursing and clinical leadership.

Prof Gerard Fealy, co-director research programmes

fealyAssociate Dean for Research & Innovation, the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems

Gerard Fealy is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research & Innovation at the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems. A former Dean and Head of School at UCD, he is a UCD graduate with a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BNS) and a master’s degree in education (MEd). In 2003 he obtained a PhD from UCD; his doctoral thesis was entitled ‘A history of apprenticeship nurse training in Ireland’. He is a past recipient of the NUI Dr Mary L Thornton Scholarship in Education. In 2010, he was appointed Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Queensland.

Dr Fealy is a researcher in the field of social gerontology and is Director of the National Centre for the Protection of Older People at UCD. A nursing historian, he is Director of the UCD Irish Centre for Nursing & Midwifery History. and is the author of A History of Apprenticeship Nurse Training in Ireland (Routledge 2006) and The Adelaide Hospital School of Nursing, 1859-2009: A Commemorative History (Columba Press 2009). He teaches on the social history of healthcare. He is also a researcher and writer on professional and disciplinary issues in nursing and is a member of a several international committees, including the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Prof Des Fitzgerald

fitzgeraldResearch & Medicine: VP for Research/Principal of the College of Health Sciences

Desmond Fitzgerald obtained his medical degree from UCD and subsequently trained in cardiology and clinical pharmacology at Vanderbilt University in the US. Following his return to Ireland, he was appointed to the post of Consultant Lecturer in Medicine and Therapeutics at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and UCD. In 1994, he was appointed Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Consultant in Clinical Pharmacology at Beaumont Hospital. He established the Institute of Biopharmaceutical Sciences and Surgen, a pharmacogenetics company jointly owned by RCSI and the French genomics company, Genset. In 2004, he moved to UCD as Vice-President for Research and Professor of Molecular Medicine. His research is in vascular biology, with a particular focus on platelets and thrombosis. He was Chairman of the Health Research Board of Ireland 2004-2007 and has held committee positions in the Irish Medicines Board. He is a member of several professional bodies, including the American Heart Association and the European Society for Cardiology, where he chaired the Working Group on Platelets and Thrombosis. He has been on the Editorial Boards of several journals, including Circulation. He holds an Adjunct Chair in Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania and was elected to the Association of American Physicians in 2006.

Dr Brian Caulfield
School of Physiotherapy & Performance Science: Co-PI Insight/Connected Health Programme (Health Sciences)

Professor Brian Caulfield leads University College Dublin’s Connected Health Programme.  He is the Lead Investigator in Ireland’s Connected Health Technology Centre, ARCH ( and is Director of the Connected Health strand of Ireland’s largest research centre, the INSIGHT centre for Data Analytics (  A physiotherapist by training, Brianis also Dean of Physiotheraphy at UCD.

Brian is a champion for a Connected Health ecosystem in Ireland and has already forged strong relationships with key clinicians, industry leaders and research groups.  Brian led TRIL, a research centre focused on technologies for independent living which was funded by GE and Intel.  He has worked with a range of multinational and start-up companies such as Fujitsu, Shimmer, ……  He has worked with lead clinicians on studies in a variety of specialist areas such as COPD, gerontology, …..

Brian has co-hosted the Connected Health sessions within the National Healthcare Conference and is currently guest-editing a review series on Connected Health that will be published in the Quarterly Journal of Medicine.  He has recently led a funding bid to form a European Network in Connected Health that attracted representatives from 34 organisations across 15 European countries including academics, industry, clinicians, policy-makers and patient representative organisations.

Brian’s personal research interests are based around assessment and enhancement of human performance with particular reference to 3 key strands.

Dr Peter Doran
Director, UCD Clinical Research Centre

Dr. Peter Doran earned his BSc. from Dublin City University in 1998 and his PhD from University College Dublin in 2001. Dr. Doran is a lecturer at the UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science, and Scientific Director of the UCD Clinical Research Centre (CRC). The UCD CRC with facilities at both the Mater Misericordiae and St. Vincent’s University Hospitals drives clinical and translational research  which is aimed at improving  patient care by acting as a catalyst to bring all members of the biomedical research entreprise together to ensure novel health interventions are developed and diffused into Irish healthcare practice.

Dr Aoibheann Gibbons
Research: Senior Programme Manager (Impact & Development)

UCD’s Director of Research Strategy and Planning, whose background encompasses scientific research in the arts and digital media. Aoibheann works across all disciplines of the university to develop organisational and system models to drive transdisciplinary research and cultivate dynamic internationally networked research and innovation ecosystems. Aoibheann heads the project within the university and is a key partner in Cultúr Lab’s development and longterm vision.

Triona McCormack
Research: Manager, Connected Health Programme

Dr Joe Eyerman

eyermanARC- Applied Research Centre/Geary Institute
Impact Analysis Expert

Joe Eyerman is a senior research methodologist and the director of RTI’s Center for Security, Defense, and Safety and Adjunct Professor of Applied Social Science at University College Dublin and Director of the UCD Applied Research Center. Dr. Eyerman has more than 18 years of professional experience statistically modeling social behavior and managing data collection and analysis projects. His substantive expertise is the study of decision processes related to political behavior, terrorism, and conflict. His recent methodological work has focused on the relationship between the data collection process and error in population estimates on a variety of bio-terrorism, public health, and surveillance studies. Dr. Eyerman has conducted methodological studies to investigate ways to improve data quality and studies of survey non-response. He is an experienced project manager, survey meteorologist, and data analyst. Education PhD, Political Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 1998. MS, Political Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 1994.MA, Political Science, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 1991.BA, Political Science and History, Muskingum University, New Concord, OH, 1990

Dr Olive Lennon
lennonConnected Health

Dr Douglas Veale
vealeClinical Lead/PI: St Vincents

Douglas J. Veale is Director of Translational Research of the DAMC, Professor of Medicine and Consultant Rheumatologist at St Vincent¿s University Hospital and a Principal Investigator at The Conway Institute for Biomedical and Biomolecular Research, University College Dublin (UCD). He is a Fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (1997) and the Royal College, London (1999).  Professor Veale graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1984 and obtained his MD by thesis from UCD in 1992.

Professor Veale has established an international reputation in translational research in the areas of angiogenesis, early arthritis, biopharmaceutical therapy, biomarkers and scleroderma. He has established an excellent research team including senior scientists, post-doctoral scientists, clinical research fellows and PhD students funded by peer-reviewed grants from The American Federation for Ageing Research, the European Union FP6 programme and Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), The Health Research Board of Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions and a several of industry partnership programmes.

Dr Suzanne Guerin

guerinPsychology: Director of the UCD Centre for Disability Studies

Dr Suzanne Guerin is a lecturer in research design and analysis with the School of Psychology at University College Dublin. Having completed my PhD in the School joined the staff team as a lecturer in 2000. A significant proportion of my teaching is in the area of applied psychology and research methods and she was involved in the delivery of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is currently supervising postgraduate research students on the MLitt, D.Psych.Sc (Clinical) and PhD programmes. She is the Director of the UCD Centre for Disability Studies and coordinate the MSc in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies.

Her research interests include Disability and Well-being, Applied Research, and Teaching and Learning and I am involved in a number of projects in these areas. She was appointed by the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies, as their National Designated Expert in Research Methods in Intellectual Disability Research. She was awarded a UCD Fellowship in Teaching and Academic Development for 2011-2013.

In addition to my teaching and research activities she serve on a number of Boards and Committees in UCD and other organisations. She is the Vice-Chair of UCD Human Research Ethics Committee (Humanities Subcommittee) and she serve on the Board of the Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative and the Barretstown Childcare Advisory Committee.

Prof Hugh Campbell

campbellDean of Architecture & Liaison for the NCAD Design Programmes at UCD

After graduating from UCD with first class honours in 1988, Prof Hugh Campbell spent four years working in practice with deBlacam and Meagher, on projects including the Knock Chapel of Reconciliation, the Beckett Theatre in TCD and the CIT library. During this time he also qualified in professional practice. In 1992, he returned to UCD to begin a research masters on the influence of nationalism on the architectural development of Ireland after independence. He subsequently went on to complete a PhD in 1998 on the politics of urban development in nineteenth-century Dublin. This was the first PhD in Architecture awarded in UCD. Material from the thesis has subsequently been published as papers and book chapters. During this period he taught in UCD and in the Architectural Association in London, eventually becoming a Lecturer in UCD in 1997. He became a permanent College Lecturer in 2001 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005.

In September 2008, He took up the position of Professor of Architecture at UCD, and from September 2009 am also Dean of Architecture.

With Nathalie Weadick of the Irish Architecture Foundation, he curated Ireland’s exhbition at the 2008 Venice Biennale, The Lives of Spaces. The exhibition is currently touring Ireland and Britain.

His current research activity has two main aspects – an ongoing series of papers on photography, space and the self and a major Royal Irish Academy project, the Art and Architecture of Ireland, a five volume work to be published by Yale University Press in 2014. He is co-editor with Rolf Loeber of volume 4, Architecture in Ireland 1600 – 2000.

Prof Alex Milton
NCAD: Head of Design

As a designer, researcher, educator and writer, Prof Alex Milton aim to create new methods and formats to encourage meaningful consumer and audience participation in the production, consumption and interpretation of design, enabling the creation of inclusive designs for people, with people.

He co-founded the Claystation design collective, and have been exhibited at numerous international venues including Designers Block, London Design Festival, MUDAC, The Lighthouse and Salone de Mobile Milan. He has written, edited and contributed to a number of books and publications, and Laurence King have recently published his latest book “Product Design”, co-authored with Paul Rodgers.

Formerly Deputy Head of School at the School of Textiles and Design at Heriot-Watt University and Head of Design and Applied Arts at Edinburgh College of Art, He has also taught at the University of Dundee, Edinburgh Napier University and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, and he is an external examiner at several UK universities and was recently appointed as a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Plymouth.

Current research includes managing the TFE Task Furniture in Education project, a €1.33 million Marie Curie FP7 research project. The project is conceived and structured to research and develop new and innovative task furniture solutions addressing modern advances in teaching and learning, the integration of technology in the classroom and the postural implications for children and young adults in schools.

Dr Andrew Power
head2Head of the Faculty of Film, Art and Creative Technologies

Andrew is Head of the Faculty of Film, Art and Creative Technologies at the Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT). The Faculty offers a rich portfolio of inter-related programmes in a vibrant atmosphere of research, creativity, technology and production. Programmes in Film, Media, Design and Visual Arts provide students with the opportunity to develop academically and to explore their professional practice. Programmes in Technology and Psychology focus on people centred technology in a digital environment. Originally trained as an engineer, Andrew holds an MBA from the University of Strathclyde and a Doctorate in Governance from the School of Law at QUB. Having written extensively on cybercrime and cyberpsychology, Andrew’s most recent research is on the impact of social media on active citizenship. Previously Andrew worked for many years in the private sector; initially working for large multinationals such as Digital Equipment Corporation and Intel Ireland, later for the Irish elearning company SmartForce, aka Skillsoft.

Dr Marie Clarke

clarkeEducation: Expert on Higher Education

Dr Clarke was appointed Head of School for a four year term 2007-2011. During that period she served as a member of UCD Academic Council, UCD Academic Council Committee on Academic Centres and UCD College of Human Sciences Executive. She was appointed Chair of UCD Academic Council Working Group on Bonus CAO points for Leaving Certificate Mathematics in 2010 and was also a member of UCD Evaluation and Interview Panel for the President’s Teaching Award during 2011. She was Joint Director of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Director of the MA in Education, (Mentoring Strand), in the School of Education during the period 2007-2011. She designed the EQF level 7 Diploma in Teacher Education with Garett Campbell CEO, Global Schoolroom and Professor Bairbre Redmond, UCD Deputy Registrar for Teaching and Learning. As part of this initiative she visited a number of schools in northern India where the programme is currently being delivered. She was elected as a member of UCD Governing Authority 2009-13 and was re-elected in 2013 for a five year term.

Dr Clarke was elected President of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) for a two-year term 2011-2013. She served as a member of the Executive of the Association of Teacher Educators in Europe (ATEE during the period 2009-2013). She was appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills as a member of the Student Grants Appeals Board, which was established under the Student Support Act (2011) and was nominated by the Minister for Education and Skills as a member of the Teaching Council for a four-year term 2012-2016.

Dr Diane Payne

payneDynamics Lab/Geary Institute (Sociology & CASL)
Expert in Computational Social Science

Dr. Diane Payne is the Director of the Dynamics Lab which is located at the UCD Geary Institute. She is also a PI at the UCD Complex and Adaptive Systems Laboratory (CASL). Between 2004-2006, she was appointed Assistant Director, with reponsibility for Graduate Programmes, at the UCD Geary Institute. Prior to moving to UCD, Dr. Payne managed the Masters in Social Sciences Degree Programme (Applied Social Research) in the Department of Sociology at the Trinity College, Dublin. Dr. Payne spent several years as a doctoral research fellow at the Interuniversity Centre for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS) at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Following this, she worked as a researcher at the University of Cambridge in England and co-authored with the then Leverhulme Research Professor Robert Bennett, a book and several papers on local and regional economic development in the United Kingdom. Dr Payne completed a Joint Major in Economics and Sociology for her primary degree and then completed a Masters Degree in European Social Policy Analysis (1st class honours) at Maynooth University, National University of Ireland. Whilst studying for her doctoral degree at the ICS in the Netherlands, she received an ICS doctoral scholarship and was also awarded an EU Jean Marie Fellowship. In 2000, she received the UCD President’s Research Award for her study of social partnership and wage bargaining in Ireland. She has received a number of major research awards from various Irish and International funding bodies and has an excellent track record in successfully completing and publishing the research work proposed for these various research awards to date.

Dr Deirdre Raftery
rafteryEducation: Expert on the History of Education/Health Education in Ireland

Dr Deirdre Raftery is a historian of education, contributing to research at both national and international level. Her most recent book (jointly with David Crook) History of Education: Themes and Perspectives (Routledge) has just been published in November 2013.

She recently worked at the archives of the University of Notre Dame, where she received a Hibernian Research Award, for her current research on the history of Irish missionary orders and international education. Dr Raftery also received a Ireland-Canada University Foundation Award, for archival research in Toronto in summer 2012, and she has also received a 2012 SCoTENS award. An international expert in her field, she has published many books and papers in the field of history of education, and education ideas. She routinely advises and consults on the education records of schools, colleges and convents, and she has given guest lectures and undertaken research in many parts of Europe, North America, South East Asia and South Africa.

She was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, in 2010, and she was Visiting Research Associate at Girton College, Cambridge in 2005. She is a Life Member of Girton College, Cambridge. She has been external examiner / examiner of doctoral research at several universities.

Dr Michael O’Mahony

mahonyPost-Doc in Computer Science/co-PI with Prof Goodman on the Learnovate Centre

Michael completed a Higher Diploma in Computer Science at University College Dublin in 2000 and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University College Dublin in 2005. Subsequently, he was employed as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics Information Hiding Laboratory and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the CLARITY Center for Sensor Web Technologies.

Michael¿s research interests lie in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Recommender Systems, Robust Collaborative Recommendation, Personalisation, Web Search and User-Generated Content Analysis. He has refereed for many Journals and International Conferences, which have included the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction, ACM Transactions on the Web and IEEE Intelligent Systems and he has served on the Program Committee of the leading International Conferences in his area of research. Michael has published 27 refereed book chapters, journal and conference papers. He is a collaborator on an Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership award (200K EUR funding).

Michael has also lectured in Computer Science Undergraduate and MSc. Degree Programmes at University College Dublin over several years. Previously, he has mentored the dissertations of several MSc. students to completion. Currently, he is responsible for mentoring Ph.D. and internship students.

Dr Joyce Senior

seniorEducation: Expert in Special Educational Needs

Prof Gerardine Meaney

meaneyArts & Celtic Studies/Humanities Institute (Director): Expert in Inclusive Design of Digital Cultural & Educational Resources

Gerardine Meaney is Professor of Cultural Theory and Director of the UCD Humanities Institute. Her current research interests are in gender, ethnic and national identities in literature and culture and the application of new digital methodologies to humanities research.
She is the author of Reading the Irish Woman: Cultural Encounter and Exchange, 1714-1960, with Bernadette Whelan and Mary O’Dowd (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013); Gender, Ireland and Cultural Change (New York: Routledge, 2010) intro online; Nora, Ireland into Film Series (Cork: Cork University Press and the Irish Film Institute, 2004); (Un)like Subjects: Women, Theory, Fiction (London and New York: Routledge, 1993; reissued Routledge Library Editions, 2012) and 26 articles and book chapters on gender and culture, from Joyce to The Wire. She was one of the major co-editors of the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing: Women’s Writing and Traditions, volumes 4 and 5 (Cork: Cork University Press, 2002).

Her current major research project is ‘Nation, Genre and Gender: A Comparative Social Network Analysis of Irish and English Fiction, 1800-1922¿, funded by the IRC. Other digital projects include an iPad app of James Joyce’s short story ‘The Dead’ and the 17 research demonstrator projects of the Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive. She had special responsibility for Joyce’s Dublin and Irish Women Writer’s of Children’s Literature. She is a member of the Management Committee of COST IS1203 In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe. Previous research projects include the Women in Modern Irish Culture databas , with Professor Maria Luddy (University of Warwick), funded by the AHRC, UK; Women in Public and Cultural Life in Twentieth Century Ireland with Dr Bernadette Whelan (University of Limerick) and Professor Mary O’Dowd (Queen’s University Belfast), funded by the HEA North-South Research Collaboration Programme; Inventing and Reinventing the Irish Woman also with Dr Whelan and Professor O’Dowd, funded by IRCHSS.

She was was previously Vice-Principal for Research and Innovation in the College of Arts and Celtic Studies and Director of the Centres for the Study of Gender, Culture and Identities and for Film Studies at UCD.

Dr Mick Donegan

doneganEducation /SMARTlab (full time adjunct senior researcher in Multimodal Interfaces & Assistive technologies)

Professor Mick Donegan’s research draws on his many years of practice-based work as a teacher and an Assistive Technology specialist who has extensive experience in assessing, teaching, training, and supporting people with complex communication difficulties. During 2004-2009 he was the User Requirements Coordinator in COGAIN (, a European Network of Excellence investigating the use of gaze control for people with complex disabilities.

In 2008, he founded a charity, SpecialEffect ( which uses specialised technology to enhance access to videogames and creative self-expression for people with a wide range of disabilities. Many of those he supports have very complex disabilities, including locked-in syndrome.

In April 2009, he was involved in SMARTlab’s ground-breaking ‘Duet for Eyes’ performance at the Science Gallery, Dublin, during which two people with complex disabilities performed a musical duet using gaze controlled technology, accompanied by some of Ireland’s leading professional musicians.

For the last two years he has been an Advisor for the European Commission funded “T.O.B.I.” (Tools for Brain-Computer Interaction) Project.” He has presented and published widely in the area of Assistive Technology. He co-wrote and edited “Gaze Interaction and Applications of Eye Tracking: Advances in Assistive Technologies”, which was published as a Premier Reference Source by IGI Global in 2011.

Mick continues to be driven by a passion to utilise whatever technology is available to reduce the gap between potential and performance for all people with disabilities and an eagerness to collaborate with others who are similarly motivated to enhance their quality of life as much as possible, as quickly as possible.

Dr Frances Harris

harrisEducation/SMARTlab (full time adjunct senior researcher in Multimodal Interfaces & Assistive technologies)

Dr Frances Harris is a Research Scientist at the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research.

Her work is in the areas of disability, assistive technology, and outcomes research. Currently she is working on several federally funded projects. One project is examining the interrelationship between home modifications and wheelchair use and their impact on the health and community participation of people with mobility disabilities. Another project is focused on the participation of employees with mobility disabilities in the workplace.

Another recently completed study performed in-depth interviews on the voting experiences of people with disabilities. Results of this project provided the basis for the development of an online course to help poll workers and other election officials assist voters with disabilities on Election Day.

Dr Mickey Keenan

keenanEducation /SMARTlab (full time adjunct senior researcher in Autism Studies & Educational Psychology)

Mickey Keenan is a professor at the School of Psychology, University of Ulster, and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has a record of over 50 publications in a range of different peer-reviewed journals as well as four books, numerous book chapters, five CD-ROMs.

His peer-reviewed publications span a broad variety of areas including autism, gerontology, precision teaching, bereavement, sex abuse, video modeling, stimulus equivalence, schedules of reinforcement with humans and non-humans, private events, teaching about behavior analysis. He has received numerous awards for his work in bringing behaviour analysis to the community, including the Award for Promoting Equality of Opportunity (The British Psychological Society), the Distinguished Community Fellowship (University of Ulster), the Personal Achievement Award (New York State Association for Behavior Analysis), and recently the Award for Public Service in Behavior Analysis (Society for Advancement in BehaviourAnalysis).

Also, he has been an invited member of the ABA International Development Committee, is the Foundation Director of the registered charity Parents’ Education as Autism Therapists (PEAT;, and is on the Autism Advisory Board of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies ( Working along with PEAT he has pioneered the development of a multimedia tutorial in behaviour analysis for parents of children with autism that is currently being translated into Spanish, Norwegian, and German, and which is funded by Leonardo, part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme. He spearheaded the Masters course in Applied Behaviour Analysis at the University of Ulster.

Dr Sarah Parsons

parsonsEducation/SMARTlab (full time adjunct senior researcher in Technologies for People on the Autistic Spectrum)

Sarah Parsons is Head of the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusive Education at the University of Southampton. She has significant research experience in disability related projects and particular interests in the use of innovative technologies for children with autism and the views and experiences of disabled children and their families.

Following a PhD in developmental psychology at the University of Nottingham, Sarah has led and managed research encompassing a range of approaches, and is skilled in the development and application of child-centred methodologies for accessing the views of children with special educational needs.

She was a partner on the COSPATIAL project funded by the European Commission (€1.65M) which explores the use of collaborative technologies for supporting social skills for children on the autism spectrum (2009-12).

She is currently a partner on the ESRC funded ‘Shape’ project (2012-13) which works closely with school practitioners to identify ways of using different interactive technologies in the classroom in innovative and exploratory ways.

Mitchell Kriegman
kriegmanEducation /SMARTlab (full time adjunct senior researcher in Animation for People with Intellectual Disabilities)

Winner of four Emmy Awards, the Director’s Guild Award and an American Film Institute Fellowship (AFI) as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Mitchell Kriegman began his diverse career as a fiction writer and short filmmaker.

His work has been published in The New Yorker, the National Lampoon, Army Man, Glamour, Between C&D, New York Press and Harper’s Bazaar. He joined the team of Saturday Night Live as a filmmaker, performer and writer and worked on the cult classic Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video.

He is the creator of the groundbreaking television series “Clarissa Explains It All,” and executive story editor of the original “Ren and Stimpy”. Kriegman also created the children classics “Bear in the Big Blue House,” “Book of Pooh” and “It’s a Big Big World” and wrote Elmo in Grouchland. He has written original screenplays for Rogue, Universal, Disney, Columbia Pictures and others.

An excerpt of his memoir “The Crooked People in the Crazy House” was published in the Southampton Review. “Being Audrey Hepburn,” his first novel was sold to St. Martin’s Press and will be published at a date to be announced. “Things I Can’t Explain,” a new book series acquired at Thomas Dunne Books for Fall 2014 release.

 Dr. Juan J Perez-Camacho
Engineering/SMARTlab (full time adjunct senior researcher in Inclusive Design and Engineering)

Juan is currently a Staff Technologist with Intel Ireland, where he has contributed for the last 17 years across Manufacturing, Research and Development. Juan is the first Faculty Emeritus at the FSM College of Engineering, Intel’s Corporate University. He is currently co-supervising Frank Glesson’s PhD on “Knowledge Worker Productivity” at the Smart Lab in UCD.

Beyond his specialist background in Materials Science and Semiconductor Metrology, he has developed unique expertise in the area of Systematic Methodologies for Problem Solving & Innovation in Teams.

In the area of inclusive Design, Juan has an particular interest on Inclusive Crowd Collaboration. Juan has also been a keen early supporter of the Digital Humanities in Ireland. Dr. Perez-Camacho is Leonardo Senior Adviser to the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin.

Dr Brian Duffy
Engineering/SMARTlab (full time adjunct senior researcher in Robotics for Assistive Technologies)

Brian Duffy works in the area of human-robot interaction, social robots, humanoid robotics, and associated intelligent systems-based control and sensor mechanisms. Over the years he has worked in many academic and industrial institutions, both in researching and developing such technologies and also in their application in real-world contexts.

Dr Sher Doruff
NCAD/SMARTlab: Art & Design (full time Honourary Research Fellow in Sensory Design and Complexity Theory/Diagramatic Praxis)

Sher Doruff has been working in the visual and performance-based collaborative arts in a variety of capacities since the 1970’s. She studied Fine Arts and was a practicing musician/ composer and scenographer in Chicago and New York. In the late 80’s-00’s her practice incorporated digital technologies in Live Art contexts. She received her PhD in 2006 from University of the Arts London/Central Saint Martins/SMARTlab.

Currently she is a senior researcher at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Art and Design, Amsterdam and tutors in the Master of Choreography and Master of Artistic Research programmes at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, Royal Academy of Fine Art in the Hague and the University of Amsterdam and additionally is Adjunct Faculty at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD).

She sits on the editorial boards of Inflexions Journal of Research Creation, Fibreculture Journal, and RTRSRCH and has published numerous papers in academic and artistic contexts.

Dr Jacki Morie
morieSMARTlab: Virtual Worlds Expert

Ms Wanda Gregory
gregorySMARTlab: Games for Learning expert

Dr Christopher Hales

halesNCAD/SMARTlab: Art & Design (full time Honourary Research Fellow/Expert in Interactive Technologies and Narratives)

Chris specialises in the ‘interactive moving image’, as practitioner, educator and researcher. His 2006 PhD ‘Rethinking the Interactive Movie’ developed the concept of ‘movie as interface’. Subsequently he has supervised doctoral students at SMARTlab, the Slade School of Fine Art, and (starting 2013) at Liepaja University (Latvia) where he holds a Docentship.

He has published widely in the field of interactive moving image, including several book chapters, and has co-edited two academic journal editions. He has taught over 130 short workshops in various European universities as well as giving numerous conference presentations.

Chris’s interactive film installations and performances have been presented far and wide, from ARTEC95 in Nagoya to Moscow’s ‘Tactile Cinema’ in 2012. His work was included in the landmark 2003 ‘Future Cinema’ exhibition curated by ZKM. In 2008 he exhibited a retrospective of most of his films in a 9-room labyrinth as part of the Prague Triennale.

Mr Will Pearson
pearsonCTO Ravensbourne College of Art & Design, London, UK

Will is Director of Technology at Ravensbourne, a digital design, media and communications university sector institution in North Greenwich, London. He works extensively with technology, principally mobile devices, exploring the relevance that experimentation and research in sonic arts has for redefining listening experiences.

He is developing a theory of auditory saccadism, which will have benefit to designers of interactive media who use sound as a significant element of their work. He hopes to develop and promote learning and entertainment materials built using the theory to a wider and more inclusive mobile-owning population. He has worked as a creative technologist, including commissions for live touring visuals, theatre interactive and several iPhone applications.

Previously, he held positions at Culturelab (Newcastle University), as Director of Creative Northants, as Programme Manager at NESTA and as Senior Access Technologist with the RNIB in fields of digital media and inclusive design.

Dr Jeremi Sudol

sudolSMARTlab Post-Doc Researcher: Computer Vision Expert

Dr Lisa Padden
paddenStudent Support Services, Access & Lifelong Learning



Nicola Herbertson
Technology Developer – Virtual Worlds

Nicola Herbertson is the SMARTlab Technology Development Manager for Virtual Worlds. Working with a team of expert developers and coders, she brings her expertise of designing and creating virtual environments for specific user communities to the Learnovate, SMARTlifelab and Healthbook projects.

After studying Mandarin Chinese & Law at London SOAS and working for a TEC, LSC and the FE sector in South London for 12 years, Nikki Herbertson set up to pursue her personal and professional interests in diversity and new technologies. “Hao2” is pronounced “how to” and “hao” is the Chinese world for “good”. A social firm, helps organisations in the UK, EU and China use new technologies to promote inclusion especially in education, training and employment. 80% of the team have Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC).

Over the last 2 years, Nicola has led the team at in developing an innovative approach using 3D virtual world technologies to help people with ASC secure and sustain employment, working in partnership with organisations such Remploy, NAS, University College Dublin, Kingston & Greenwich Universities & Daden. In July 2012, won the CBI / Nominet Trust Most Innovative Internet Business award for this work. In April 2013, under Nicola’s leadership, successfully tendered to make its 3D Cloud products and services arising from this research and development available via HM Government Cloudstore – thereby enabling British public sector organisations to efficiently procure innovative digital by default solutions delivering high social impact and value.

A member of the educaton management committee at Intellect, trade association for the UK IT industry and Special Advisor to the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisations Disability and Development Special Interest Group, Nicola now works part time for SMARTLab UCD supporting innovative research and development into virtual world technologies as an enabler of social innovation.

Dr Yurgos Politis

politisResearcher, SMARTlab

Yurgos Politis completed a 4-year Physics degree at the University of Athens and qualified as a Physics teacher. He then did a Masters in Education and a PhD in Physics Education. He gained useful research experience and skills throughout his training. He has since gained teaching experience at both second and third level. He has worked at Schools of Physics and Education in UCD, NUI Galway, UCC and IT Tralee as a teaching and research assistant and postdoctoral researcher.

He has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies using questionnaires with small and large scale samples as well as interviews. He has expertise in using SPSS and STATA and has statistical experience in producing descriptive and regression analysis. He has presented his work at several conferences and has published book chapters, journal articles and reports.

He has engaged in outreach activities that promote Physics to students and the general public. He was actively involved at ‘Open Days’ in Schools of Physics at UCD and NUI Galway, showing to the 4th and 5th year second level pupils how physics can be fun and exciting. That was followed by work on ‘Lab on the Lorry’, where the goal was the same, but the target audience was 11 to 14-year old pupils. He also had been involved in reviving the science society in UCD, which is the second oldest society in this university. Moreover, he was a volunteer Maths teacher at the National Greek Institute for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing in Athens, Greece.

He was a member of a team of early career researchers that applied for and secured funding from ESF to host a conference in Dublin in April 2013, entitled “Higher Education and Society: Implications and effects”. The colloquium aimed at emphasizing the linkages between the theoretical, methodological and empirical issues under discussion and present specific examples from the EuroHESC CRPs (Collaborative Research Projects).

He is a member of the executive committee of ECHER (Early Career Higher Education Researchers’ network) and a member of the Institute of Physics.

Dr Deveril
deverilResearcher, SMARTlab

Deveril is the co-convenor of the SMARTlab PhD Programme, and the incumbent co-convenor of the new SMARTlab MA in Creative Technology Innovation. He also leads the core research cluster on Performance Technologies. A professional film maker and performer as well as trained philosopher, he has a diverse background and range of skills. From studying Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway in the early 1990s, Deveril has moved through the fields of dance, new media and filmmaking as practitioner, teacher and researcher. He currently specializes in moderating and facilitating community film and media training for non-standard learners.

Deveril is an expert in leading, documenting and assessing movement and video-based projects, especially those in school environments or with teachers and young people (mixed abilities). His academic work has included investigating the use of hypertext techniques in the analysis of dance. His practical work has been across the areas of dance-on-screen (artistic and documentary); live and mediated performance; teaching and facilitating film-making; and a variety of youth projects. He is an independent film-maker, who trained as a director and video-editor. Recent work has given him DVD-authoring expertise and high definition (HD) experience. Deveril has worked in a range of contexts in the arts, and as a teacher, researcher and supervisor across higher education, and a writer of academic, film and other texts. His film and video work has been shown on television and in festivals, and his main academic writing has been published by Dance Books and Macmillan-Palgrave.

Dr Robert Mooney
mooneyProject Manager, ARC

Dr Nicola Mountford
mountfordProject Manager, Connected Health

Key Achievements:

  • Managing the winning bids for two technology centres, including Connected Health Technology Centre (€m+ funding)
  • Advising and nurturing over 50 high tech start ups from concept, through business planning, to marketing and sales.
  • Launching IT Tallaght’s high-tech business incubation centre, Synergy Centre and positioning it as one of Ireland’s top on campus incubation centres while becoming self-funding.
  • Founding the Legacy Promotion campaign while Development Director at Opera Ireland which encourages the inclusion of a charity bequest in everyone’s will (
  • Increasing Arts Council grant to Opera Ireland from €.8m to €2m and generating €.5m additional funds annually.
  • Introducing the Sunday Times/Smurfit School MBA scholarship and the “Taste of an MBA” breakfast series as Marketing Manager in Smurfit School, UCD
  • Managing the rebranding of Coopers and Lybrand to PricewaterhouseCoopers and becoming “brand champion” for the new merged entity – Ireland’s largest professional services firm.
  • Designing a new brand image for PricewaterhouseCoopers recruitment materials.  Creating a new image and approach for a new generation of graduates while dealing with legacy issues.
  • Increasing student registrations at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants by over 30% year on year.
  • Increasing sales at Bewleys Hampers by over 50% year on year.

Dr Marisa Ronan

ronanProject Manager, Culturlab

Dr Marisa Ronan is Co-founder and manager of Cultúr Lab and collaborates with SMARTlab on the supervision of graduate students. Marisa has over a decade of university programme delivery experience, lecturing at both graduate and postgraduate level with a proven track record in teaching, research, and innovation in senior, change-making roles. She has demonstrated an ability to leverage and develop an extensive network of contacts in the university, cultural and creative industries, private sector and with government agencies and other bodies.

Marisa’s key competencies include the strategic development of pioneering academic and cultural models, the design and management of programmes to champion Ireland’s cultural and creative capital; and expertise in the development of university collaborations and strategies to enhance these activities. She has an established track record in creative academic innovation, successfully developing two university cultural programmes, Dublintellectual in Trinity College and Cultúr Lab in University College Dublin. Dublintellectual as an innovative Arts and Humanities project which sought to connect the university and the city, promoting the concept of a porous university and explored the possibilities for creative entrepreneurialism.

In co-founding Cultúr Lab she developed a strategic alignment between University College Dublin and Dublin City Council and established new platforms for intellectual and cultural exchange. She has worked to develop pathways to making arts practice and humanities scholarship more meaningful to others outside the University and discipline with a core focus on innovation and impact.

Prof Jutta Treviranus

treviranusDirector, the Inclusive Design Research Institute of the Ontario College of Art & Design University, Toronto, CA

Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and professor at OCAD University in Toronto, formerly the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre. The IDRC conducts proactive research and development in the inclusive design of emerging information and communication technology and practices. Jutta also heads the Inclusive Design Institute a multi-university regional centre of expertise on inclusive design. Jutta is the Co-Director of Raising the Floor International. She also established and directs an innovative graduate program in Inclusive Design. Jutta has led many international multi-partner research networks that have created broadly implemented technical innovations that support inclusion. These include the Fluid Project, Fluid Engage, CulturAll, Stretch, FLOE and many others. Jutta and her team have pioneered personalization as an approach to accessibility in the digital domain. She has played a leading role in developing accessibility legislation, standards and specifications internationally (including WAI ATAG, IMS AccessForAll, ISO 24751 , and AODA Information and Communication).