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Dr. Owen Conlan

Associate Professor (Computer Science)

Prof. Owen Conlan is an internationally recognised researcher and leader in the fields of User Modelling, Adaptation, Personalisation and Adaptive Hypermedia research. He has a h-index of 24 and has authored 150+ peer-reviewed and high impact publications (~20 journal, ~120 conference, 5 book chapters, 3 edited book proceedings). To date Owen has been directly awarded over €6.5m in research funding (as PI) and has been associated with grants generating over €32m (as a Co-PI). He has proven research leadership and has been awarded competitive research projects in programmes such as European Commission FP5/6/7 (ELEKTRA, 80Days, iClass and CULTURA, which I coordinated, projects), Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator Awards (AMAS project), SFI CSET/Centres (CNGL and ADAPT Centres), and several other commercialisation awards, namely SFI and Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation awards (wripl and EmpowerTheUser spin-outs). Through these projects Owen has realised significant scientific, societal and economic impact. In brief Owen has -

. proposed, coordinated and delivered high impact research projects (15+ projects; directly awarded over €6.5m as PI and over €32m as Co-PI) across a variety of national and international funding mechanisms. Through these experiences I have accrued all of the personnel, consortium and financial management skills needed to oversee large-scale research projects. Moreover, as the scientific lead of these projects I have been able to develop my leadership skills as well as promoting my research agenda.
. authored and published 150+ peer-reviewed and high-impact publications, including 20 journal articles and 1200 conference papers. I have developed the requisite skills to write such impactful works through acting as a reviewer, meta-reviewer and track leader on the key journals and conferences in my discipline. I have an h-index score of 24 (h-index measures research impact of publications; 21 is an excellent score for someone at my career stage).
. supervised and guided cutting-edge student research as witnessed by supporting 9 PhD and over 30 MSc students to completion. I am currently supervising another 7 PhD candidates. Through this experience I have developed individual and joint supervision skills, have developed one-on-one personnel management skills and been exposed to a wide range of the supports offered by College for postgraduate students. To complement this experience I have acted as external PhD examiner on four occasions and have acted as internal examiner for over ten theses.
. designed, developed and delivered highly innovative teaching programmes having both developed curriculum for individual modules (5 modules) and a complete Masters-level programme (MPhil in Digital Humanities). In my teaching I integrate the novel outputs of my research, namely personalised online learning tools and personalised research environments, to give students the best possible experience.
. engaged with and led activities at various levels in College, including being the champion of the Digital Humanities research theme and the co-director of the Digital Humanities Research Centre in TCD. I am also the junior representative for academic staff on the School of Computer Science and Statistics executive.
. led major international research activities. In 2014 I was a track leader at the prestigious User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalisation conference (the top conference in my research field) and in 2015 he was the general chair of that conference, which he successfully bid to have hosted at Trinity College. He has also proposed, coordinated and led eight international research workshops.

  Applied information systems   Artificial Intelligence   Cognitive science   Computer based training   Databases, database management, data mining   Distance Learning   Educational Psychology   E-Learning   Information management   Information Representations   Information Science/Systems   Information systems development   Information Technology   Information technology in education   Innovation in learning   Internet   Internet technologies   Knowledge Acquisition   Knowledge and data engineering   KNOWLEDGE ENGINEERING   Knowledge Management   Knowledge Representation   LEARNING   Lifelong Learning   Neuroscience and Cognition   Virtual learning environments

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Debattista, Jeremy and Salim, Fahim A and Haider, Fasih and Conran, Clare and Conlan, Owen and Curtis, Keith and Wei, Wang and Junior, Ademar Crotti and O'Sullivan, Declan, Expressing Multimedia Content Using Semantics - A Vision, , IEEE 12th International Conference on Semantic Computing (ICSC), 2018, pp302--303 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Paul Stynes, Owen Conlan, Declan O'Sullivan, CRESUS-T: A Collaborative Requirements Elicitation Support Tool, International Journal of Software Engineering & Applications (IJSEA), 9, (2), 2018, p9 - 28, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Fasih Haider, Fahim A. Salim, Saturnino Luz, Carl Vogel, Owen Conlan and Nick Campbell, Visual, Laughter, Applause and Spoken Expression Features for Predicting Engagement Within TED Talks, Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (INTERSPEECH2017), Stockholm, Sweden, August 20-24, 2017, ISCA, 2017, pp2381-2385 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Salim, F.A., Haider, F., Conlan, O. and Luz, S., An alternative approach to exploring a video, International Conference on Speech and Computer (SPECOM 2017), 10458 LNAI, 2017, pp109-118 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Conlan, O. and Staikopoulos, A., EvalUMAP 2017 chairs' welcome, 25th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2017, pp171 - 172, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Conlan, O., Kelly, L., Koidl, K., Lawless, S. and Staikopoulos, A., EvalUMAP: Towards comparative evaluation in user modeling, adaptation and personalization, 25th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, Bratislava, Slovakia, 1866, 2017, pp171 - 212, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Staikopoulos, A. and Conlan, O., Proposing an evaluation task for identifying struggling students in online courses, 25th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2017, pp203-208 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Fraser, K. and Yousuf, B. and Conlan, O., Synthesis & evaluation of a mobile notification dataset, 25th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2017, pp179-184 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Stynes, Paul and Conlan, Owen and O†Sullivan, Declan, CRESUS : A Tool to Support Collaborative Requirements Elicitation Through Enhancing Shared Understanding and Simulation, Conference: 7th International Conference on Natural Language Processing, 2017, pp47 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Salim, Fahim A and Haider, Fasih and Conlan, Owen and Luz, Saturnino, An Alternative Approach to Exploring a Video, International Conference on Speech and Computer, Design for Teaching and Learning in a Networked World, 2017, pp109--118 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED

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Neil Peirce, The Non-invasive Personalisation of Educational Video Games, Trinity College Dublin, 2013, Thesis, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Awarded a US and UK patent for 'A Web Based System and Method for Cross Site Personalisation' January 2013
Best Paper award at the Second IEEE International Conference on Digital Games and Intelligent Toys Based Education (DIGITEL 2008). November 2008
Best Student Paper award at the Second ACM International Conference on Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web-Based Systems (AH2002) May 2002