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NEWTON Team Members


Cristina Muntean Lecturer at NCI Dr. Cristina Muntean
Project Principal Investigator (PI)
School of Computing
Email: Cristina.Muntean@ncirl.ie
Phone: +353 1 4498623


Dr Cristina Muntean is the Principal investigator of the NEWTON project. She has been constantly involved in various research related activities over the past 16 years fostering and promoting research in Ireland and abroad, building academic collaborations with European Universities, leading research projects, and publishing over 80 publications in international peer-reviewed books, journals and conferences. She has been awarded 6 research grants under the European Union (EU), Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and Irish Research Council (IRC) funding schemes that brought almost € 1 million research funding to NCI.

Dr Cristina Muntean has developed research expertise in various domains such as personalised e/m-learning, adaptive, user modelling, multimedia delivery over wired/wireless networks, Internet of Things, energy saving solutions, consumer behaviour and end-user Quality of Experience. She has received 5 research paper awards and has successfully supervised to completion PhD students, MSc by Research and taught MSc students. She was awarded the prestigious NCI President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research in 2014 for her excellent research work.

Pramod Pathak Dean of School of Computing at NCI Dr Pramod Pathak
Project Co - Principal Investigator (Co-PI)
School of Computing
Email: Pramod.Pathak@ncirl.ie
Phone: +353 1 4498611


Dr Pramod Pathak, is the Co-Principal investigator of the NEWTON project and the Dean of School of Computing at National College of Ireland. In his role as Dean, he has been involved in establishing a number of research entities including successfully setting up NCI Cloud Competency Centre, National e-Learning Laboratory, REALT research group, CRIG research group. He has also been responsible for leading on a number of research conferences i.e., e-Learning Research & Development Roadmap for Ireland, Ed-Tech, IT&T and has led the creation of the doctoral programme. He has led a number of projects including Solas funded KnowIT project and KESP (Research only) project.

He worked on Rosetta mission of European Space Agency before joining NCI. His main role was delivering on the software code inspection and validation of the Rosetta on-board software. This involved understanding the Orbiter and Lander (Philae) behaviour, reviewing the code and conducting the testing and evaluation of the software. He has been constantly involved in various research related activity over the past 30 years, supervising PhD and MSc students. His main research areas currently are Learning (e-assessment, pedagogy, online learning, practice testing, Flipped classroom), Analytics (learning analytics, analytics for decision-making) and application of ICT for societal challenges (mental health issues).

Arghir Moldovan Postgraduate Researcher at NCIDr. Arghir Nicolae Moldovan
Postdoctoral Researcher
School of Computing
Email: ArghirNicolae.Moldovan@ncirl.ie
Phone: +353 1 4498209


Dr Arghir Nicolae Moldovan has received the B.Eng. degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania, in 2008, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, Technology Enhanced Learning from National College of Ireland, in 2011 and 2014 respectively. Prior to joining NCI he worked as Telecommunication Engineer with Alcatel-Lucent Romania.

Since September 2014 he worked as Associate Lecturer with NCI, teaching a range of Computer Science modules. His research interests include technology enhanced learning, mobile learning, adaptation and personalisation, user modelling, quality of experience, multimedia streaming, energy efficient systems, wireless and mobile communications, and data analytics.


Josephine Andrews Research Assistant at NCIMs Josephine Andrews
Research Assistant
School of Computing
Email: Josephine.Andrews@ncirl.ie

Josephine Andrews is a Research Assistant with School of Computing, National College of Ireland. She received her BSc in Honours in Computing in 2016 and currently she is studying her MSc in Digital Media. Her research interests include game development and e-learning.


Academic Collaborators

Mr Michael Bradford
Ms Frances Sheridan
Ms Lisa Murphy
Dr Adriana Chis
Mr Sam Cogan
Dr Dominic Carr
Dr Paul Stynes

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under Grant Agreement no. 688503.


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