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Research Projects

Centre for Research and Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CRILT)

National E-Learning Laboratory (NELL): In our usability lab we undertake  usability and user experience testing and research. Since its opening January 2009 we have worked with a number of partners on a range of applications from on-line maths support programmes to testing of NALA's new e-learning literacy resource.  Many of the smaller projects are funded through the Innovation Voucher Initiative from Enterprise Ireland. Contact Jane Liu, Executive Assistant CRILT.

Leonardo Da Vinci Programme: SMART Course: Alternative Media Production 2013-2015

The goal of this European project is to develop a new technology training course to further educate teachers, parents and professionals working in the area of inclusive education. This new project has arose out of findings from an older LdV Project EDU RoboBraille (2011-2013), where partners discovered the need to develop and describe a practical hands-on training course aimed at improving the skills of teachers, parents and alternate media producers supporting people with visual and reading impairments. The consortium is made up of 8 partners from Denmark, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania and Ireland. Contact Dr. Michael Goldrick Irish Lead Researcher.


School of Computing

Battery Power Aware Adaptive M-Learning System:  IRCSET Embark Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme 2010-2014. This project aimed to design, test and validate adaptive strategies for assisting mobile learners in situations were their learning outcome is impacted by low battery conditions. The project administrator was  Arghir-Nicolae Moldovan, Masters in Technology Enhanced Learning.

Towards the Integration of Transectorial IT Design and Evaluation (TWIN TIDE)Network  2009-2013. The aim of the COST Initiative is to reduce the fragmentation in European research investments and opening the European Research Area to cooperation worldwide.  This network will collaborate on research and share good practice in the areas of HCI, usability and user experience.  Funded through the ESF COST Initiative. The project administrator was Dr. Stephan Weiblzahl, Lecturer, School of Computing.

Motivation oriented Personalised e-Learning through PLAY:  IRCSET Embark Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme 2009-2013. This research looked at how motivation in gaming based e-learning can be measured, identifying factors that increase motivation with a focus on adaptive strategies for personalisation- based motivation in gaming based e-learning. The project administrator was Ioana Ghergulescu, Masters in Technology Enhanced Learning.

NAIRTL Funded Project 2010 -2011: The design and development of a Problem Based Learning Induction resource to equip students with the skills necessary for successful participation in any Problem Based Learning Module. The project administrator was Dr Orla Lahart., Lecturer School of Computing

NAIRTL Funded Project 2010-2011:  How do you Moodle?  Improving Students' Learning Experience of Virtual Learning Environments (VLE's) in Moodle. The project administrators were Dr Stephan Weiblzahl and Abi Reynolds.

Personalised m-Learning Environment for Mobile Devices with Multiple Wireless Connectivity. IRCSET Embark Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme. This project investigated means of providing learners with educational content that best suits their profile and access network while taking into account user budget constraints. The project administrator was Andreea Molnar, PHD in Technology Enhanced Learning.

Text Messaging and mobile learning as a means to lowering barriers to help-seeking in students with depression. The project administrator was David Joyce, PHD in Technology Enhanced Learning.

Cloud Competency Centre

Our current research comprises structured parallelism approaches to heterogeneous computing systems such as multi/many-core CPU and GPU, Clouds, and Grids. With strong roots in enterprise and high-performance computing (HPC), nurtured both in the academy and in industry,we endeavour to employ generic parallel patterns (algorithmic skeletons) to the solution of domain-specific problems in computational science.

Avoiding the ad hoc solutions typically found in computational science, the overarching aim of this research is to develop a tight integration between specific computational problems particularly in the biomedical and physical sciences, their specific patterns of computation and communication, and their underlying processing and data infrastructure, specially multi/many-core architectures and clouds/grids.

Our research interests consist of three interrelated areas:


Current Projects

High-Performance Modelling and Simulation for Big Data Applications (CHiPSet)
Funded by the European Commission as part of the Horizon 2020 programme, the Action will foster a novel, coordinated Big Data endeavour supported by High Performance Computing. It will support information exchange, synergy, and coordination of activities among leading European research groups and top global partner institutions, and promote European software industry competitiveness.
Horacio González-Vélez is the vice-chair of the Action and there are recognised experts from over 30 countries in the world. Different host organisations include the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO); the Italian National Research Council; and the Universities of Bremen, Cambridge, Carlos III de Madrid, Edinburgh, George Mason, Krakow, Lille, Lisbon, Luxembourg, Notre Dame, Pisa, Queen's Belfast, Federal do Rio Janeiro, and Uppsala.

The centre is also involved in a project called Computationally-intensive methods for the robust analysis of non-standard data(CRoNos)
Funded by the European Commission as part of the Horizon2020 programme, the Action will aim to improve knowledge extraction from non-perfect and non-standard datasets via novel methods and tools in computing, statistics, machine learning, and mathematics.
Simon Caton
our institutional representative to the Action's management committee, is one of selected European recognised experts leading the Action. Other participating institutions include NUI Galway, Imperial College London, Queen Mary, University of London, Universidad de Oviedo, EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht, IICT-BAS (Bulgaria), University of Copenhagen, and University of Turku.

Recently Completed Projects

The Cloud Competency Centre is a member of the research consortium involved in the European Union's ParaPhrase research project which is investigating parallel patterns for adaptive heterogeneous multicore systems. The Cloud Competency Centre is leading the work package on dissemination, as well as actively contributing to the activities related to design and implementation of parallel patterns with special emphasis on introducing elastic resource adaptation.  This project is running between 2011 and 2015, and has attracted a total budget of €4.2 million.


School of Business

NCI President Seed Funded project 2010-2011:  The research examined the degree to which segregation exists in the investment management sub sector of the financial services industry in Ireland and the underlying reasons for these patterns.  It compared and analysed the experiences of men and women who work, or have worked, in the sector in order to identify the enablers and barriers they encountered in recruitment, progression and retention. The project administrator was Corina Sheerin, Lecturer School of Business.

NCI President Seed Funded Project 2010-2011: Employee fairness judgements in respect of termination of employment: A longitudinal Study. The research aimed to explore the factors which impact upon an employee's fairness perception in relation to the termination of employment in an Irish context. The project administrator was Dr Colette Darcy, Lecturer School of Business.

Student Support Services

NAIRTL Funded project 2010 -2011: Development of an Adaptive Tutoring System for a Computing & Business Mathematics Module as a way to facilitate self-directed learning through the use of the On-Line Virtual Learning Environment Moodle. The project administrators were Francis Sheridan, Computer Support Tutor and Jonathan Lambert, Maths Support Tutor.

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