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Professor Vincent Wade

Professor of Computer Science (1990) (Computer Science)

Vincent holds the Chair of Computer Science (1990) in the School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College, the Dublin of University. He holds the personal chair of Artificial Intelligence in the School of Computer Science & Statistics, TCD. He holds BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science and was awarded Fellowship of Trinity College for his contribution to research in knowledge management, web based personalisation and adaptive technologies. He is CEO and co-founder of Centre for Intelligent Content (CNGL) which is a world leading multi-institutional research centre focusing on multilingual, multi modal globalisation of digital content. From Jan 2015 Vincent will be CEO and Director of the ADAPT Research Centre for Digital Content Platforms and Application Research. In 2010 he founded the Learnovate Centre (Centre for Applied research in Learning Technology) which is a industry-academic led centre focusing on technology enhanced learning across learning in K12, corporate learning and adult education RESEARCH FUNDING AND COMMERCIALISATION Vincent has been won over EURO 50 Million in research funding awards from EU, SFI, EI/IDA and Industry over the last fifteen years. Vincent has led over twenty international and national research projects under EU Framework, Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Industry research programmes. He has led over seventeen international and national research projects under EU Framework, Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and industry programmes Vincent is the founder of 3 spin out companies in the last five years (EmpowerTheUser, EMIZAR and WRIPL) which have won prestigious industry awards, e.g. Enterprise Ireland's 'One to Watch' for EmpowerTheUser, Ryan Academy's Innovation Award for WRIPL. These spin outs have won approximately EURO 1M in industry (startup) grants and venture capital RESEARCH AND DISTINCTIONS He has authored over three hundred scientific papers in peer reviewed research journals and international conferences and has received seven 'best paper' awards at international conferences. Other awards include the European Language Label Award for innovation in Language LearningTechnology. He holds three international patents in the area of personalisation and adaptive digital content. Vincent has served as editor for many international journals e.g. IEEE Communications and has been General/Scientific Programme Chair for many international conferences including IEEE/IFIP Integrated Management Symposium 2011, ACM Adaptive Hypermedia 2006. He has served in many leadership positions (Workshop Chair, Tutorial Chair etc.) on over forty international conference organising committees and approximately ninety scientific programme committees. He is regularly invited as keynote speaker at international conferences (e.g. ACM UMAP 2009, ICWL 2012) as well as a keynote/guest speaker at multiple postgraduate summer schools and industry conferences, e.g. Brand2Global 2013, GALA/TLA 2013. ACADEMIC RESEARCH STUDENT SUPERVISION Vincent has supervised 22 PhDs and over 12 MSc (by research) students to completion. These graduates have successfully taken positions in universities e.g University of British Columbia, University of Manchester, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin as well as in industry research laboratories e.g. IBM Research, Microsoft Research, Google, Ericsson Research etc. Where these graduates have pursued careers in industry they have taken senior posts in multi-nationals based in Ireland and abroad e.g. SAP Ireland, IBM Ireland, AOL Ireland, CitiGroup. RESEARCH INTERESTS Vincent's personal research interest focuses on developing new techniques and technologies to enable systems to scrutably adapt to the individual user so as to empower them in their task, problem or activity. Specifically his research has focused on personalisation and the knowledge models upon which such personalization can be driven.
  E-learning   Information Technology   Technology & Learning   World Wide Web
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Editor of IEEE Internet Computing, Distance learning publication due May/June 2007 Present
Editor of 'Pervasive Computing and Communications on "Pervasive Management" (JPCC). 2006
Conference/Progamme Chair, ACM Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web Systems 2006
Conference/Programme Chair, ILTA Educational Technology Conference 2006
Conferece/Programme Chair, Management of Ubiquitous Communications and Systems 2004
Editor of Interoperable Communication Networks Journal, published by Baltzer Press. 1999
Conference Chairman for the IBC conference on 'Advances in Telecommunications Network Management', held at the Scientific Society Lecture Theatre in London. Nov. 1998
Soni, M. and Cowan, B.R. and Wade, V., Enhancing Self-disclosure In Open-Domain Dialogue By Candidate Re-ranking, Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering, 943, 2022, p243-252 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Bleakley, A. and Rough, D. and Edwards, J. and Doyle, P. and Dumbleton, O. and Clark, L. and Rintel, S. and Wade, V. and Cowan, B.R., Bridging social distance during social distancing: exploring social talk and remote collegiality in video conferencing, Human-Computer Interaction, 2021, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Spillane, Brendan and Hoe, Isla and Brady, Mike and Wade, Vincent and Lawless, Séamus, Tabloidization versus Credibility: Short Term Gain for Long Term Pain, CHI - The ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA, 25-30 April 2020, ACM, 2020, Notes: [Paper 261], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Spillane, Brendan and Lawless, Séamus and Wade, Vincent, The Impact of Increasing and Decreasing the Professionalism of News Webpage Aesthetics on the Perception of Bias in News Articles, HCII 2020 - The 22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Copenhagen, Denmark, 19-24 July 2020, Springer, 2020, Conference Paper, IN_PRESS  TARA - Full Text
Spillane, Brendan and Saam, Christian and Gilmartin, Emer and Cowan, Benjamin R. and Wade, Vincent, ADELE: Evaluating and Benchmarking an Artificial Conversational Care Agent, CHI 2020 Workshop - Conversational Agents for Health and Wellbeing, Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA, 26 April 2020, 2020, pp5 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Bleakley, A. and Wade, V. and Cowan, B.R., Finally a Case for Collaborative VR?: The Need to Design for Remote Multi-Party Conversations, (3406144), 2020, Notes: [cited By 0], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Yousuf, B., Conlan, O., Wade, V., Assessing the impact of the combination of self-directed learning, immediate feedback and visualizations on student engagement in online learning, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 12315 LNCS, 2020, p274-287 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Clarke R.S, Wade V, Distributed intelligent client-centric personalisation, LNCS, International Conference on Web Engineering, 2019, pp1- , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Clark, L. and Pantidi, N. and Cooney, O. and Doyle, P. and Garaialde, D. and Edwards, J. and Spillane, B. and Gilmartin, E. and Murad, C. and Munteanu, C. and Wade, V. and Cowan, B.R., What makes a good conversation? Challenges in designing truly conversational agents, 2019, Notes: [cited By 0], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Spillane, Brendan and Gilmartin, Emer and Saam, Christian and Wade, Vincent, Issues Relating to Trust in Care Agents for the Elderly, Conversational User Interfaces, Dublin Ireland, 22-23 August 2019, ACM, 2019, pp1 - 3, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL  Other

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Spillane, Brendan and Gilmartin, Emer and Saam, Christian and Clark, Leigh and Cowan, Benjamin R. and Wade, Vincent, Identifying Topic Shift and Topic Shading in Switchboard, UK Speech, Trinity College, Dublin, 25-26 June 2018, 2018, pp44-, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
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


Award Date
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.