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Dr. Rob Brennan

Senior Research Fellow (Computer Science)


Rob is a Senior Research Fellow in the ADAPT research centre core research activity, focused on data management (Theme E) where he is co-PI of the large industry-collaboration (spokes) project with Ordanance Survey Ireland. Rob joined the Knowledge and Data Engineering Group at the School of Computer Science and Statistics in 2008 as part of the HEA-funded NEMBES (Networked Embedded Systems) project looking at semantic mapping applications to sensor management systems in smart buildings. From 2009-2014 he led the Home Area Networks group in the SFI-funded FAME (Federated Autonomic Management of End to End Communications Services) project. From 2014-2016 Rob created and coordinated the H2020 project ALIGNED on combined software and data engineering. His current research interests include Data Value, Data Governance, Data Quality, Linked Data, flexible distributed systems and network management. Prior to joining TCD Rob worked in the Ericsson Network Management Research centre, a couple of networks/data-comms focused startups and Enterprise Ireland's Teltec telecommunications research centre at Dublin City University. He has extensive experience of both academic and industrial collaborative research projects and international standardization. He is a graduate of Dublin City University (BSc in Applied Physics and PhD in Electronic Engineering) and Queens University Belfast (MSc in Computational Science).
  Computer Science/Engineering   DATA CURATION   DATA QUALITY   Distributed systems   Intelligent agents   Internet technologies   Knowledge and data engineering   Mobile Communications   Network technology, Security   Networks and telecommunications research   Remote sensing
 Intelligent Data Quality Centric Recommender System
 Ordnance Survey Ireland ADAPT Spoke III
 ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology
 ALIGNED, quality-centric software and data engineering
 ValueData ICT16 Co-ordinator support

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Details Date
Created the Trinity Access Program (TAP) course in computer science ("Wikipedia") and have presented this course at the TAP summer school each year since. Ireland. 2012-ongoing
External Examiner, National College of Ireland, BSc in Computing, BSc in Business Information Systems, Ireland 2013-ongoing
Editorial Board (Computer Science and Communications area), Scientific World Journal (Impact factor 1.219), Hindawi Publishing, China. 2011-ongoing
Review panel member, Waterford Institute of Technology MSc in Computing (Communications Software) 2006
Review panel member, Dublin City University BEng in Digital Media Engineering degree. 2000
Scientific Evaluator, Enterprise Ireland competitive feasibility fund for SMEs 1999
Reviewer, IEEE Communications Magazine (Impact factor 3.661), USA 2014
Reviewer, The Scientific World Journal (Impact factor 1.219), Hindawi publishing corporation, China 2010-2013
Reviewer, Journal of Network and Systems Management, MDPI Sensors (Impact factor 1.953), Switzerland 2010-12
Reviewer, Journal of Network and Systems Management, Springer, Germany 2009-ongoing
Rob Brennan, Judie Attard and Markus Helfurt, Management of Data Value Chains, a Value Monitoring Capability Maturity Model, 20th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS), Portugal, 21-24 MArch 2018, edited by Olivier Camp, Joaquim Filipe , 2018, Conference Paper, ACCEPTED  TARA - Full Text  Handle
Rob Brennan, Challenges for Value-Driven Semantic Data Quality Management, 19th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS), Portugal, 26-29th April 2017, SCITEPRESS, 2017, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL  Handle
Ying Wang and Rob Brennan , Building High Usability Consumer-oriented Linked Data Mobile Apps , Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science (AICS 2017), Dublin, 5-6th Dec 2017, edited by Susan McKeever and John McAuley , 2017, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Kevin Feeney, Gavin Mendel-Gleason and Rob Brennan, Linked data schemata: fixing unsound foundations, Semantic Web - Interoperability, Usability, Applicability, 2017, p1435-2647 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Ademar Crotti, Christophe Debruyne, Rob Brennan, Declan O'Sullivan, An Evaluation of Uplift Mapping Languages, International Journal of Web Information Systems (IJWIS), 13, (4), 2017, p405-424 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Monika Solanki, Bojan Bozic, Markus Freudenberg, Dimitris Kontokostas, Christian Dirschl, and Rob Brennan, Enabling combined Software and Data engineering at Web-scale: The ALIGNED suite of Ontologies, International Semantic Web Conference, Kobe, Japan, Oct 17-21 2016, edited by Paul Groth, Elena Simperl, Alasdair Gray, Marta Sabou, Freddy Lecue, Markus Kroetzsch, Takahiro Kawamura, Heiko Paulheim , 9982, Springer, 2016, pp195 - 203, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Bojan Bozic, Rob Brennan, Kevin Feeney, Gavin Mendel-Gleason, Describing Reasoning Results with RVO, the Reasoning Violations Ontology, Extended Semantic Web Conference - Linked Data Quality Workshop, Heraklion, Greece, 29/5/2016-2/6/2016, Springer Verlag, 2016, pp62-69 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Alan Meehan, Dimitris Kontokostas, Markus Freudenberg, Rob Brennan, Declan O'Sullivan, Validating Interlinks between Linked Data Datasets with the SUMMR Methodology, ODBASE 2016 - The 15th International Conference on Ontologies, DataBases, and Applications of Semantics, Rhodes, Greece, 25th October, Springer Verlag, 2016, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Rob Brennan, Kevin Feeney, Gavin Mendel-Gleason, Bojan Bozic, Peter Turchin, Harvey Whitehouse, Pieter Francois, Thomas E. Currie, Stephanie Grohmann, Building the Seshat Ontology for a Global History Databank, LNCS , Extended Semantic Web Conference, Heraklion, 29th May - 2nd June, edited by Harald Sack - Eva Blomqvist - Mathieu d'Aquin - Chiara Ghidini - Simone Paolo Ponzetto - Christoph Lange , (9678), Springer, 2016, pp693 - 708, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Ademar Crotti Junior, Christophe Debruyne, Rob Brennan, Declan O'Sullivan, FunUL: A Method to Incorporate Functions into Uplift Mapping Languages, 18th International Conference on Information Integration and Web-based Applications & Services (iiWAS 2016), Singapore, 28-29 November, 2016, pp40 - 48, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL

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Anuj Singh, Extension of the M-Gov Ontology Mapping Framework for Increased Traceability, OM-2017: Proceedings of the Twelfth International Workshop on Ontology Matching, ISWC: Ontology Matching 2017, Vienna, Austria, 21-10-2017, 2017, ppp.49 - p.60, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Rob Brennan, Kevin Feeney, US Political Violence, 1.03, TCD, 2013, Dataset, PUBLISHED
Rob Brennan, Kevin Feeney, Building and Publishing Social-Science Datasets on the Web with RDF and Linked Data , Digital & Computational Humanities - Tools & Thought, Aarhus University, 14 Nov 2013, 2013, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Rob Brennan, Ontologies in a Federated World, TM Forum Management World convention, Dublin, May 2012, 2012, TMF, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Rob Brennan, FAME Scenario E, Home Area Networks , HOMEWORK annual plenary workshop, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK, 10 Jan 2011, 2011, HOMEWORK project, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Enterprise Ireland Champion of EU Research 2017
ADAPT Centre Director's Award for EU Research Leadership 2017
Excellence Award for the GANDALF Project for outstanding achievements in the CELTIC research program. 2008
Elected Senior Research Fellow by Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics 2014
High Perfromance Employee, Ericsson 2005
Data value and quality, data curation, semantic mapping, distributed systems, network and service management