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Dr. Rob Brennan

Visiting Research Fellow (ADAPT)


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
Trestian, R. and Celeste, E. and Xie, G. and Lohar, P. and Bendechache, M. and Brennan, R. and Ta, I., The Privacy Paradox-Investigating People's Attitude Towards Privacy in a Time of COVID-19, 2022, Notes: [cited By 0], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Paul Ryan, Rob Brennan, Harshvardhan J. Pandit, DPCat: Specification for an Interoperable and Machine-Readable Data Processing Catalogue Based on GDPR, Information, 13, (5), 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  DOI  URL  URL
Ryan, P. and Brennan, R., Support for Enhanced GDPR Accountability with the Common Semantic Model for ROPA (CSM-ROPA), SN Computer Science, 3, (3), 2022, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Basereh, M. and Caputo, A. and Brennan, R., AccTEF: A Transparency and Accountability Evaluation Framework for Ontology-Based Systems, International Journal of Semantic Computing, 16, (1), 2022, p5-27 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Xie, G. and Lohar, P. and Florea, C. and Bendechache, M. and Trestian, R. and Brennan, R. and Connolly, R. and Tal, I., Privacy in Times of COVID-19: A Pilot Study in the Republic of Ireland, (3470096), 2021, Notes: [cited By 0], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Lohar, P. and Xie, G. and Bendechache, M. and Brennan, R. and Celeste, E. and Trestian, R. and Tal, I., Irish Attitudes Toward COVID Tracker App & Privacy: Sentiment Analysis on Twitter and Survey Data, (3469193), 2021, Notes: [cited By 6], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Hernandez, J. and McKenna, L. and Brennan, R., TIKD: A trusted integrated knowledge dataspace for sensitive healthcare data sharing, 2021, pp1855-1860 , Notes: [cited By 1], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Bendechache, M. and Tal, I. and Wall, P. and Grehan, L. and Clarke, E. and Odriscoll, A. and Der Haegen, L.V. and Leong, B. and Kearns, A. and Brennan, R., AI in My Life: AI, Ethics & Privacy Workshops for 15-16-Year-Olds, 2021, pp34-39 , Notes: [cited By 2], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
McKenna, L. and Liang, J. and Duda, N. and McDonald, N. and Brennan, R., ARK-Virus: An ARK Platform Extension for Mindful Risk Governance of Personal Protective Equipment Use in Healthcare, 2021, pp698-700 , Notes: [cited By 2], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Hickey, D. and Connor, R.O. and McCormack, P. and Kearney, P. and Rosti, R. and Brennan, R., The Data Quality Index: Improving Data Quality in Irish Healthcare Records, 2, 2021, pp625-636 , Notes: [cited By 0], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED

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Rob Brennan, Joeran Beel, Ruth Byrne and Jeremy Debattista, Preface: The 26th AIAI Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science (AICS 2018), 26th Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science (AICS, 2018, pp1 - 7, 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
Elected Senior Research Fellow by Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics 2014
Excellence Award for the GANDALF Project for outstanding achievements in the CELTIC research program. 2008
High Perfromance Employee, Ericsson 2005
Data value and quality, data curation, semantic mapping, distributed systems, network and service management