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College Photo Name Brennan, Rob
Main Department Computer Science
College Title Senior Research Fellow
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Rob joined the Knowledge and Data Engineering Group 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. Since 2009 he has worked in the SFI-funded FAME (Federated Autonomic Management of End to End Communications Services) project. His current research interests include 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).
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
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Awards and Honours
Award Date
High Perfromance Employee, Ericsson 2005
Description of Research Interests
Data quality, data curation, semantic mapping, distributed systems, network and service management
Research Interests
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
Research Projects
Project title FAME, Federated Autonomic Management of End to End Communications Services
Summary Next-generation network management systems with an emphasis on telco solutions. The TCD focus is on adding semantics and rules to the modelling of management information and federating management systems to enable dynamic, end to end management across domains. Rob leads the Home Area Networks (HAN) scenario (working team) within the project.
Funding Agency SFI
Programme SRC
Type of Project SRC
Date from 1/1/2009
Date to 30/6/2014
Person Months 54

Project title CNGL, the centre for global intelligent content
Summary CNGL is a collaborative academia-industry research centre dedicated to delivering disruptive innovations in digital intelligent content, and to revolutionising the global content value chain for enterprises, communities and individuals.
Funding Agency SFI
Programme CSET
Type of Project
Date from March 2012
Date to Sept 2015
Person Months 24

Project title User Community for Power Consumption Data Collection
Summary This project created a social space on the web for users to share information about the power consumption of devices in their home. It then used semantic techniques to automatically categorise and rank data entries for dynamic presentation to users.
Funding Agency Enterprise Ireland
Programme Feasibility study
Type of Project Feasibility study
Date from 1 Sept 2007
Date to 31 Mar 2008
Person Months 6

Project title Automated Harvesting of Web Intelligence
Summary A critical source of business intelligence is product data-sheets published on the web in HTML or PDF formats. This work explored new techniques to harvest these specifications and to convert them into a structured knowledge model that can, if necessary, be re-published on the web either as directed advertising or for consumption by linked data mashup applications.
Funding Agency Enterprise Ireland
Programme Innovation Voucher
Type of Project Innovation Voucher
Date from 1st July 2010
Date to 1st June 2011
Person Months 1

Project title NEMBES, Networked Embedded Systems
Summary The next phase of embedded systems research is networked embedded systems (NES) where embedded systems communicate to form networks of distributed intelligence from the local scale, e.g. responsive buildings, to massively networked systems, e.g. environmental monitoring. This is a unique project addressing the issue of networked embedded systems (e.g. sensors) in a holistic way across the stack from chip design, networking, middleware, and service management. This project is being undertaken with a cross-disciplinary team in conjunction with groups in CIT, UCC, UCD and TCD's DSG. In this project, KDEG is furthering its research in semantic interoperability, semantic driven information routing and declarative means for adapting behaviour of individual devices and their co-ordination within a network.
Funding Agency HEA
Programme PRTLI
Type of Project
Date from Oct 1 2007
Date to Sept 30 2011
Person Months 31

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Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Colm Conroy, Rob Brennan, Declan O'Sullivan, David Lewis, User Evaluation Study of a Tagging Approach to Semantic Mapping , Lecture Notes in Computer Science, European Semantic Web Conference, Crete, Greece, June 2009, LNCS 5554/2009, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, 2009, pp623 - 637
Paul Mara, Rob Brennan, Declan O'Sullivan, Marcus Keane, Kris Mc Glinn, James O'Donnell, Pervasive Knowledge-Based Networking for Maintenance Inspection in Smart Buildings , multicon lecture notes, 6th International Workshop on Managing Ubiquitous Communications and Services (MUCS), Barcelona, Spain, June 15th, 10, multicon verlag and ACM digital library, 2009, pp67 - 75
Fu B., Brennan R., O'Sullivan D., Cross-lingual Ontology Mapping - An Investigation of the Impact of Machine Translation, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, The 4th Asian Semantic Web Conference, Shanghai, China, 6-9 December 2009, edited by A. Gómez-Pérez, Y. Yu, and Y. Ding , 5926, (1), Springer-Verlag, 2009, pp1 - 15
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R. Brennan, D. Lewis, J. Keeney, Z. Etzioni, K. Feeney, D. O'Sullivan, J.A. Lozano, B. Jennings, Policy-based Integration of Multi-Provider Digital Home Services, IEEE Network Magazine, special issue on Digital Home Services, 23, (6), 2009, p50 - 55
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