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Prof Gregory O'Hare appointed as Director of the Earth Institute

Publication Date: 02 May, 2014


As of the 10 April 2014 Professor Gregory O'Hare new UCD Earth Institute Director 

Prof O'Hare joined UCD in 1996 and since then has developed a very active research programme in the area of Wireless Sensor Networks, Multi-Agent systems and Distributed Artificial Intelligence, first as part of the Adaptive Information Cluster (AIC) and later as one of the Principal Investigators and founders of the Science Foundation Ireland-funded (€16.4M) Centre for Science and Engineering Technologies (CSET) entitled CLARITY: The Centre for Sensor Web Technologies (2008-2014). He has won significant grant income (ca €28.00M) from a variety of sources - SFI, Enterprise Ireland, IRC, European Union, Industry, EPA, HEA  and Intertrade Ireland. He has published extensively in his research area publishing in excess of 400 academic publications.

Professor O'Hare held the position of Head of the Department of Computer Science at University College Dublin (UCD) 2001-2004. Prior to joining UCD he has been on the Faculty of the University of Central Lancashire (1984-86) and the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (1986-1996). He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society a member of the ACM, IEEE and a Chartered Engineer. He is the Chair of the European Research Consortium on Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) Working Group on Sensor Web. In 2008-2009 he secured a Visiting Research Fellowship to the University of Oxford. In 2010 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholar visiting position at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Recently, his research has addressed issues of environmental sensing. This is typified by work funded by the Environmental Protection Agency on the WAIST (Waste Augmentation and Integrated Shipment Tracking) project incorporating sensors to assist in the detection of illegal waste disposal and COBWEB (Citizens OBservatory WEB) which seeks to develop the infrastructure for crowd sourcing an €8.5 Million EU Environment funded pan European project for which Gregory is the Scientific Director.