ELSS19 Speakers & Facilitators

ELSS19 Speakers & Facilitators

Derek Carroll

Derek CarrollDerek Carroll is a Project Executive & Business Architect in IBM‘s Watson Division global automotive center of competence responsible for the implementation of Artificial Intelligence based solutions. Derek has worked across a number of leading automotive firms over the last 20 years.

Derek has created a number of innovative first-of-a-kind solutions that have leveraged such technology as AI Vision, Speech Transcription and Semantic Search, and is a thought leader in these areas at IBM.

Derek is currently engaged in project delivery at a 2 OEM’s, while supporting them forge their journeys to AI.

Catherine Deegan

cdeeganDr Catherine Deegan has a primary degree and PhD in applied Physics from Dublin City University, as well as a Postgrad diploma in Clinical Engineering from Trinity College Dublin. She worked as a Biomedical engineer at St James Hospital, as well as holding teaching positions in DCU, TCD and Maynooth University. Catherine has worked at TU Dublin since 2000 and is a senior lecturer in Engineering with responsibilities in teaching, programme development and research. Applied research interests incorporate various sensor applications including image processing, biometrics, biomechanics and associated wearable technology. She has supervised several Masters and PhD students and has led a successful commercialisation venture that led to technology transfer licencing and a spin-out company in 2012. In 2016-17, Catherine was seconded to Ireland’s National Forum for Teaching and Learning as the project manager to lead an interim review of digital capacity in Irish higher education. She is currently completing an MA in Higher Education at TU Dublin on the impact of assistive technology on Irish higher education practice. She is also a member of the TU Dublin team on the DALTAI project that is funded by the National Forum and has a keen interest in is pedagogical research.


James Doody

James Doody

Dr. James Doody has been a lecturer in the Dept of Computing at TU Dublin, Tallaght Campus for over 20 years, and is the author of numerous research papers. He has worked as an External Examiner in several third level colleges. He holds a Doctorate in Education from Durham University, a PGD in Higher Education from NUI Maynooth, and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. from DCU. He also works as an EU/OSCE Election Data Analyst and Election Observer.

Ed Foster

Ed FosterEd Foster is the Student Engagement Manager in Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU) Centre for Student and Community Engagement. He leads the implementation and delivery of NTU’s learning analytics resource, the Student Dashboard. Ed has worked on three Erasmus+ projects (ABLE, STELA and OfLA) exploring the technological, pedagogical and ethical issues of using big data in education. Ed’s research interests are using learning analytics to support students, approaches to overcoming socio-economic disadvantage in education, student transition and student engagement. Ed’s favourite chord is Dsus4.

Ed blogs about learning analytics at  http://www.livinglearninganalytics.blog.

Geraldine Gray

Geraldine GrayGeraldine Gray is a senior lecturer in Informatics at Technological University Dublin – Blanchardstown campus, and had been a member of faculty at the Blanchardstown campus (formally Institute of Technology Blanchardstown) since it opened in 1999. She has led the design and delivery of a range of programmes and module streams in ICT, from Higher Certificate to Masters Programmes. More recently, she has specialised in the area of data science and runs the  MSc in Applied Data Science and Analytics. Geraldine has supervised over thirty masters dissertations and is currently supervising both PhD and MSc students in data science. Active areas of research include psychometric data analysis with a particular interest in data analytics within a learning context. Publications include invited book chapters, journal publications and  conference papers. She serves on the educational committee of the Society of Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) and was guest editor for a recent special section on Methodological Choices in Learning Analytics in SoLAR’s Journal of Learning Analytics. Geraldine has peer reviewed for a number of journals both on manuscripts focused on learning analytics specifically and data science more generally.

Jen Harvey

Jen HarveyDr Jen Harvey is Head of the TU Dublin City Campus Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre. As part of this role she has been involved in Developing the City  Campus Learning, Teaching and Assessment strategy as well as setting up a number of institutional initiatives including the Resources for Assessment and Feedback Toolkit and LEAF teaching Fellowship projects. Recently she was invited to be a member of the National Forum Programme Assessment Advisory group.

Heidi Kelly-Hogan 


Heidi Kelly-Hogan is Student Retention Officer in the Enrolment Planning & Admissions Office of TU Dublin (City Campus) in Grangegorman.  Heidi works across City Campus in delivering information on student recruitment, engagement and retention.  Prior to this role, Heidi was the Student Retention/Marketing Officer at DIT’s School of Hospitality Management & Tourism.

Heidi holds a degree in English, Media & Cultural Studies from the Institute of Art, Design & Technology in Dun Laoghaire and a Masters in Sociology from University College Dublin.


Brian Mac Namee

Dr. Brian Mac Namee received a PhD in Computer Science from Trinity College brian-macnameeDublin in 2004. After working in industry he joined DIT where he co-founded the Applied Intelligence Researcher Centre. In 2013 Brian was awarded the DIT Fíosraigh Research Excellence Award. In 2015 Brian joined UCD where he is a lecturer, Director of the SFI Centre for Research Training in Machine Learning (http://ml-labs.ucd.ie), and a Funded Investigator at the Insight (http://www.insight-centre.org) and VistaMilk (http://www.vistamilk.ie) SFI research centres. Brian co-authored the textbook “Fundamentals of Machine Learning for Predictive Data Analytics: Algorithms, Worked Examples and Case Studies” published in 2015 with MIT Press and being  translated into 4 languages. Brian’s research interests are in machine learning, and in particular novelty detection, human-in-the-loop machine learning, and machine learning applications.

Sophie McGown

Sophie McGown#Sophie has been at D2L for over 3 years, coming from a teaching background at a variety of schools across the world. Now a Senior Customer Success Manger, she utilizes her teaching experience to work with a number of customers across the UK & Ireland, bringing a creative flair for encouraging adoption and engagement with Brightspace.

Niall Minto

niall mintoNiall Minto worked for 15 years in the Irish Financial Services Industry. During this time, he worked as an analyst in the HR function where he developed a analytics suite of tools that were used to identify and understand the learning needs of the organization and measure the effectiveness of the programmes. These tools also provided succession planning capabilities to address skills gaps in advance of a vacancy. He completed his Master in TCD  in 2003. His research dissertation explored the use of situated relevant technology for teching adolesescents with speech and language difficulties. He joined DIT in 2014 on a PhD scholarship and was appointed as a business analytics lecturer to the school of Marketing in 2017. He teaches analytics on undergradute and postgraduate programmes.

Ziene Mottiarziene-mottiar

Dr. Ziene Mottiar is a senior lecturer in the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism in TU Dublin and is leading the LEAF project funded by the TU Dublin Teaching Fellowship. She has a significant number of publications in leading tourism journals and is also actively involved in a variety of Teaching and Learning projects. In 2018 she won a National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning DELTA award.

Phelim Murnion

Phelim MurnionPhelim Murnion is Senior Lecturer in Information Systems in the School of Business at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. He is currently involved in two national research projects: DESSI (Data-Enabled Student Success initiative) and DALTAI (Developing All Learners Through Analytics Initiative) as well as a pilot of digital assessment technologies with the INOTE (Innovative Opportunities Transforming Education) team.

Kevin O’Rourke

kevin orourke

Kevin O’Rourke is currently Digital Campus Architect at TU Dublin, City Campus.

@kcor1964 https://www.linkedin.com/in/kcor1964/ 

Emma Robinson

EmmaRobinsonDr. Emma Robinson is a lecturer in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, TU Dublin- City Campus. She has been involved in a number of projects looking at improving best practice and providing resources to assist lecturers in trying new techniques/methods (including RAFT toolkit development and more recently the LEAF fellowship project). Her main focus is improving student experience while being mindful of ever increasing time constraints for academics.

Pauline Rooney

PR_longPauline is an academic developer with TU Dublin where her main role is to coordinate and deliver accredited professional development for academic staff on all things related to learning, teaching and assessment.  She is also Fellow of the UK Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA). Since 2017 her work has explored strategies for utilising learning analytics to support student success. She has worked with National Forum Learning Analytics Advisory Groups and since 2018 has led the TU Dublin City Campus Data-Enabled Student Success Initiative (DESSI). She is now co-leading a project funded by Ireland’s National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning – called DALTAI (Irish for “Student”) –  which aims to increase digital proficiencies amongst staff and students in higher education in relation to the effective use of learning data to promote student success.

Niall Sclater

Niall Sclater is Consultant and Director at Sclater Digital, an educational technology consultancy, and works with a range of clients in higher education. Previously he was Director of Learning and Teaching at the Open University, where he niall sclateris responsible for institutional strategy in areas such as tuition, educational technology and learning analytics. More recently he has been leading various activities for Jisc (the charity responsible for many aspects of IT infrastructure across the UK’s universities and colleges) in its learning analytics project, carrying out background research, specifying a student app, and developing a code of practice to deal with the legal and ethical issues of learning analytics. He has been involved in the research, development and management of learning and teaching in higher education since 1992, and is currently writing a book entitled “Learning analytics: an introduction for institutions”. Niall’s blog and details of his publications are at sclater.com.

Naomi Winstone


Naomi is a cognitive psychologist specialising in learning behaviour and engagement with education, particularly the processing and implementation of feedback. Naomi is Head of the Department of Higher Education at the University of Surrey, having previously held the positions of Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Learning and Teaching in the School of Psychology, and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.  She also runs CPD events and workshops at Universities, Schools and Colleges across Europe, to support educators and students to enhance the impact of assessment and feedback on learning and development. Naomi is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a National Teaching Fellow.

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