Current research at NCI

A range of research projects are currently being conducted within the School of Computing and the Cloud Competency Centre.

School of Computing

The NEWTON Project

National College of Ireland is a partner for the NEWTON Project which aims to develop, integrate and disseminate innovative technology-enhanced learning (TEL) methods and tools, to create new or inter-connect existing state-of-the-art teaching labs and to build a pan-European learning network platform that supports fast dissemination of learning content to a wide audience in a ubiquitous manner.

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

The Cloud Competency Centre at the National College of Ireland is bringing forth tangible high-impact synergies across the world. We are actively collaborating with key educational and industrial partners to continuously enhance our instruction, research, and commercial portfolio beyond the traditional boundaries of academia. In particular, our current research areas comprise: 

  • structured parallelism approaches to heterogeneous computing systems such as multi/many-core CPU and GPU Clouds; 
  • scalable data analytics for the solution of domain-specific problems; and, 
  • infrastructure support to data-intensive computational science. 

Avoiding the ad hoc solutions, the overarching aim of our research is to develop a tight integration between specific computational problems, their specific patterns of computation, data access, and communication. Additional details on publications can be found under the NCI’s TRAP repository

Current Cloud Competency Centre Projects

Big Data and Process Modelling for Smart Industry, Smart Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (SPuMoNI) 2019-2022

SPuMoNI will design data quality assessment models that account for industry regulations, and analyse data behaviour patterns over time to identify outliers, i.e.; data that violates compliance. This semi-autonomous data quality control decision support system will more efficiently ensure best pharmaceutical manufacturing practice.

The project is led by Adriana Chis who jointly presented SPuMoNI at the CHIST-ERA Projects Seminar with Horacio González-Vélez, which took place in Bucharest this April 2019 as part of the EU Presidency 2019 activities. CHIST-ERA is a programme for European Coordinated Research on Long-term Information and Communication Sciences and Technologies, supported by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Future and Emerging Technologies programme. In Ireland, CHIST-ERA is managed by the Irish Research Council.

Clinically-validated INtegrated Support for Assistive Care and Lifestyle Improvement: the Human Link (vINCI) 2018-2021

Funded by the EU under the AAL initiative, vINCI is developing an integrated and validated evidence-based IoT framework to deliver non-intrusive monitoring and support for older adults to augment professional health care giving. It integrates proven open-data analytics with innovative user-driven IoT devices in four standardised kits. Horacio González-Vélez serves as honorary scientific advisor. vINCI aims to assist caregivers and provide smart care for older adults at out-patients clinics and outdoors.