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Professor Vincent Wade

Professor of Artificial Intelligence (Computer Science)

Vincent Wade is a Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin and Research Director for the Knowledge and Data Engineering Group (KDEG) in that department. He is also Reasearch Director of the Intelligent Systems Lab (which comprises KDEG as well as research groups dedicated to AI, Computational Linguistics, Graphics Vision & Visualisation, and the Centre for Health Informatics). He is also Deputy Director for the Centre for Next Generation Localisation (and Personalisation. Having graduated from University College Dublin with a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science in 1988, he completed postgraduate studies with an MSc and PhD in Computer Science in Trinity College Dublin. Vincent leads the Knowledge and Data Engineering Research Group which comprises eight academic staff and thirty five research staff (including research fellows, associates and postgraduates). The group focuses on knowledge and data management research and has established an international reputation in three related research areas, namely Telecommunications & Network Management, eLearning and e-Business services and Health Telematics. He was awarded Fellowship of Trinity College for his contribution to research. Vincent's individual research interest are in the dynamic adaptation, managememnt and personalisation of services and multimedia content to support context dependency, personalisation and collaboration. Vincent's research is being successfully applied in application areas such as Technology Enhanced Learning, Service & Network Management and Health Informatics. In 1998, Vincent founded and is currently Director of the Centre for Learning Technology. This Centre is responsible for strategic planning and operation of College's eLearning strategy. It currently has over 10,000 online students enrolled and supports over 400 blended elearning courses. He is co-ordinator for the National Digital Learning Repository (NDLR), a national project comprising seven universities, fourteen Institute of Technology and HEAnet. The goal of the NDLR is to support sharing of eLearning expertise and resources between HEA funded Higher Education establishments and support a national online repository for digital learning and teaching resources.
  E-learning   Information Technology   Technology & Learning   World Wide Web
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Conferece/Programme Chair, Management of Ubiquitous Communications and Systems 2004
Conference Chairman for the IBC conference on 'Advances in Telecommunications Network Management', held at the Scientific Society Lecture Theatre in London. Nov. 1998
Conference/Progamme Chair, ACM Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web Systems 2006
Conference/Programme Chair, ILTA Educational Technology Conference 2006
Editor of 'Pervasive Computing and Communications on "Pervasive Management" (JPCC). 2006
Editor of IEEE Internet Computing, Distance learning publication due May/June 2007 Present
Editor of Interoperable Communication Networks Journal, published by Baltzer Press. 1999
Personalised E-Learning: The assessment of students' prior knowledge in Higher Education in, editor(s)Wang, V. , Handbook of Research on Education and Technology in a Changing Society (2 Volumes), IGI Global, 2014, pp744 - 755, [O'Donnell, E., Sharp, M., Wade, V., and O'Donnell, L. ], Book Chapter, ACCEPTED  TARA - Full Text
O'Donnell, E., Lawless, S., Sharp, M., & Wade, V. , A review of personalised e-learning: Towards supporting learner diversity, International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, 2014, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Staikopoulos, A., O'Keeffe, I., Rafter, R., Walsh, E., Yousuf, B., Conlan, O., Wade, V., AMASE: A framework for supporting personalised activity-based learning on the web, Computer Science and Information Systems, 11, (1), 2014, p343-367 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Levacher, K., Lawless, S., Wade, V., Slicepedia: Content-agnostic slicing resource production for adaptive hypermedia, Computer Science and Information Systems, 11, (1), 2014, p393-417 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Dr. Eamon Costello, Participatory Practices in Open Source Educational Software - The Case of the Moodle Bug Tracker Community, Trinity College Dublin, 2014, Notes: [The Moodle bug tracker is a boundary object that faces software developers who write and maintain Moodle's code whilst simultaneously exposing an interface to a much wider public world of ordinary Moodle users. Bugs can be fixed and new features requested by recording them in this boundary object which then tracks their progress. Such tracking has proven a powerful lure for researchers and despite much study of the phenomenon of open source bug fixing and software building, much remains to be answered. Specifically this research sought to analyse the implications of this massively distributed collaborative development process for education and educational technology (which to give it due importance, is referred to here as educational infrastructure). It examined the ways educators - who are defined inclusively as all those involved in supporting the educational enterprise - interface and contribute to the development of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Moodle at this granular level of bug fixing. Two things happen in a successful bug resolution: it is reported and then it is fixed. Only one population is skilled and empowered to engage in the latter but, in theory, anyone can be a reporter. Here data was collected and analysed about these two types of participant. Firstly archival and statistical analysis of thousands of issues contained in the tracker database itself was undertaken. These canonical accounts of bug-fixing contributed to the design and conduct of interviews of both core participants of this community and more casual or peripheral members. A broad spectrum of community participants were interviewed from fringe and casual members to some of the key actors including Tim Hunt of the Open University, Moodle HQ members Helen Foster and Michael du Raadt and Moodle founder Martin Dougiamas. Ethnographically inspired methods were utilised in the interview analysis to uncover rich stories of actual practice that were absent from the accounts of the database itself. This lead to several contributions to research being made by this thesis: a depiction of the dynamics and characteristics of an open source software community of practice dedicated to the enterprise of education; an enumeration of three complexes of factors leading to bug tracker issue resolution elicited from participants themselves; an account of particular unknown or under-reported non-canonical issue resolution factors; a model of the role of bug tracker issue mediators including the novel brokerage act of proxy issue submission and improvement; and a theory of how bug trackers are resistant to predictive models of issue resolution. These findings have implications for educational institutions reliant on VLEs and for developers of open source educational software. ], Thesis, PUBLISHED
Web-mediated education and training environments: A review of personalised interactive e-learning resources in, editor(s)Elspeth McKay, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia , ePedagogy in Online Learning: New Developments in Web Mediated Human Computer Interaction, Hershey, New York, Information Science Reference (an imprint of IGI Global), 2013, pp188 - 207, [Eileen O'Donnell, Catherine Mulwa, Mary Sharp and Vincent Wade], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Challenges encountered in creating personalised learning activities to suit students learning preferences in, editor(s)Yefim Kats, Chestnut Hill College, USA , Learning Management Systems and Instructional Design: Best Practices in Online Education, United States of America, Information Science Reference (an imprint of IGI Global), 2013, pp263 - 287, [Eileen O'Donnell, Mary Sharp, Vincent Wade and Liam O'Donnell], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Eddie Walsh, Alexander O'Connor and Vincent Wade, The FUSE Domain-Aware Approach to User Model Interoperability: A Comparative Study, Proceedings of the 14th IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration, 14th IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration, San Francisco, CA; United States, 14-16 August, IEEE, 2013, pp554-561 , Notes: [Article number 6642518], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Koidl, K., Conlan, O., Wade, V., Towards cross-site personalisation, Source of the Document Proceedings - 2013 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence, WI 2013, Atlanta; United States, 1, 2013, pp542-548 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Sah, M., Wade, V., Personalized concept-based search and exploration on the web of data using results categorization, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 7882 LNCS, 2013, p532-547 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Neil Peirce, The Non-invasive Personalisation of Educational Video Games, Trinity College Dublin, 2013, Thesis, PUBLISHED
Johannes Leveling, M. Rami Ghorab, Walid Magdy, Gareth J. F. Jones, Vincent Wade, DCU-TCD@LogCLEF 2010: Re-ranking Document Collections and Query Performance Estimation, 2010, Working Paper, PUBLISHED


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Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin (FTCD) 2002
Vincent's specific research activities include control and management systems for networks and distributed systems, adaptive systems distributed information systems, systems interoperability and next generation elearning services. Since 1991, Vincent has been Trinity College's principle investigator for over ten EU research projects under the EU RACE, Telematics, ESPRIT, ACTS, and IST research programmes. These projects included ADVANCE (1988-93), Guideline (1988-1993), Dessert (1993-1996), OpenLabs (1993-1996), PROSPECT (1995-2000), FlowThru (1998-2000), Virtues (1997-2000), Gestalt (1998-2000), FORM (2000-2002),and Easel (2000-2002), From 1991-1993 Vincent led the EU research initiative to design distributed management platforms for future broadband telecommunication systems (Telecommunication Computer Platform Task Force). This resulted in key input into emerging telecommunications fora and standardisation. Vincent is principle investigator for the HEA sponsored M-ZONES project (2002-2006) in which he is researching innovative dynamically adaptive techniques for managing smart space application services and infrastructure. Also Vincent is principle investigator for EU FP6 Integrated Project called iClass which will research intelligent adaptive cognitive-based open learning systems and service framework. From 1998-2000 Vincent led the European Research initiative to establish guidelines for the development of next generation telecommunications management systems. These guidelines, for which he was editor and principle contributor, were chosen by the EU ACTS research programme as one of the key research results from the programme. These development guidelines were successfully disseminated into several standards and industry fora including ISO and Network Management Forum. He has also led industry sponsored research into management systems and knowledge engineering. Such collaborations included telecom operators, network vendors as well as management component developers, e.g. Intel, Eircom (formerly Telecom Eireann), Broadcom Research Ltd (in conjunction with Ericsson and Telecom Eireann), Virtual Access Ltd. He is a founding member and member of the steering committee of the TeleManagement Forum's University Programme which is chartered to develop increased cooperation between top tier Universities active in telecommunications research and the telecommunications industry. On a national level, Vincent is a founding member of CommSoft, the IDA/EI backed academic and industrial forum for collaboration in communications software and management.