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Professor Owen Conlan

Professor in (Computer Science)

I am an Associate Professor in Computer Science in the School of Computer Science and Statistics, Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning (SCSS) and Co-director of the Trinity Centre for Digital Humanities. I am an active member of the Artificial Intelligence discipline and of the Knowledge and Data Engineering (KDEG) research group, having previously acted as its director. In 2015, I was elected as a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, which represents the highest honour the university can bestow on its academic staff. I am a recognised thought leader in the field of personalisation (160+ publications; h-index of 24; ~2400 citations), promoting new creative approaches to personalisation, specifically the multi-model, metadata driven approach, the cross-site personalisation approach, the four-phase approach for explorative personalisation and approaches to support metacognition and self-regulation. I am also at the forefront of promoting comparative evaluation techniques in the personalisation research field. It is a mark of prestige that I was selected as the general chair of the leading international conference in the field, User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalisation (UMAP), in 2015. I have secured approximately €9.4m in competitive research and industry funding as principal investigator and I have an extensive network of international multi-disciplinary collaborators through the European Commission projects I have coordinated and in which I performed scientific leadership roles. I am also one of seven founding PIs of ADAPT, a €50 million (co-funded by 25+ industry partners and Science Foundation Ireland) Global Centre of Excellence for Digital Content Technology, led from Trinity College Dublin. I lead a multi-disciplinary team of 10 researchers in the Personalising the User Experience theme of ADAPT. I am a passionate educator, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, with a strong record in developing innovative programmes and modules. I am very much student-centric and am engaged with all facets of developing students, from recruitment (e.g. visiting schools to promote Computer Science) through to supporting students to navigate College policies (e.g. facilitating appeals processes). The goal of my lab is to empower users in understanding and interacting with complex knowledge and media. I have a specific focus on user control over personalised AI-driven systems.
  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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Details Date
EvalUMAP Organisation 2016
Haider, Fasih and Koutsombogera, Maria and Conlan, Owen and Vogel, Carl and Campbell, Nick and Luz, Saturnino, An Active Data Representation of Videos for Automatic Scoring of Oral Presentation Delivery Skills and Feedback Generation, Frontiers in Computer Science, 2, 2020, p1 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Salim, Fahim A and Haider, Fasih and Luz, Saturnino and Conlan, Owen, Automatic Transformation of a Video Using Multimodal Information for an Engaging Exploration Experience, Applied Sciences, 10, (9), 2020, p3056 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Fraser K, Yousuf B, Conlan O, Scrutable and persuasive push-notifications, International Conference on Persuasive Technology PERSUASIVE 2019: Persuasive Technology: Development of Persuasive and Behavior Change Support Systems, 2019, 67-73 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Fraser, Kieran and Yousuf, Bilal and Conlan, Owen, Generation and Evaluation of Personalised Push-Notifications, Adjunct Publication of the 27th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, Moving Boundaries in Translation Studies, 2019, pp223--224 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Conlan, Owen and Fraser, Kieran and Kelly, Liadh and Yousuf, Bilal, A user modeling shared challenge proposal, International Conference of the Cross-Language Evaluation Forum for European Languages, Moving Boundaries in Translation Studies, 2019, pp171--177 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Sutton, Rowan and Fraser, Kieran and Conlan, Owen, A Reinforcement Learning and Synthetic Data Approach to Mobile Notification Management, Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing \& Multimedia, Moving Boundaries in Translation Studies, 2019, pp155--164 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Jamie McGann, J Issartel, Lucy Hederman, Owen Conlan, PaCMAn: A 'principled' framework, arising from a systematic review of the literature, to underpin design and deployment of video games for motor skill acquisition, Entertainment Computing, 31, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Jamie McGann, J Issartel, Lucy Hederman, Owen Conlan, Hop.Skip.Jump.Games: the effect of 'principled' exergameplay on children's locomotor skill acquisition, British Journal of Educational Technology, 50, (7), 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Conlan, O., Fraser, K., Kelly, L., Yousuf, B., A User Modeling Shared Challenge Proposal, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 11696 LNCS, 2019, p171-177 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Gachpaz Hamed, R., Pandit, H.J., O"Sullivan, D., Conlan, O., Explaining disclosure decisions over personal data, CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 2456, 2019, p41-44 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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


Award Date
Best Paper Award at the IEEE 7th Annual Ubiquitous Computing, Electronics and Mobile Communication Conference. 2016
Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. 2015
Awarded a US and UK patent for 'A Web Based System and Method for Cross Site Personalisation' January 2013
Annual All-Ireland Dissertation Award in ICT for Eleanor O'Neill (former PhD student), Royal Irish Academy 2011
European Award for Language Technology for innovative Game Based Language Learning. 2010
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