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Sean McGarraghy

Lecturer

School of Business
Q236
UCD CASL and UCD Quinn School of Business
University College Dublin
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7164734
Email: sean.mcgarraghy@ucd.ie

Biography

Seán is Director of the UCD Centre for Business Analytics. 

He was Director of the UCD Smurfit Graduate School of Business MSc in Business Analytics from 2008 to Sep 2014.

He has supervised three PhD students to completion.  He has supervised over 80 MSc Business Analytics theses; these MSc projects are carried out in conjunction with industry.

Funded research projects

Horizon 2020 VALUMICS project on Food Value Chains, to being May 2017.

SFI-funded NCRA EDGE project (research supervision on Workpackage 1).

Steering group for the UCD Thematic PhD on Development, funded by Irish Aid. [Funding for PhD student Herieth Rwezaura.]

SFI-funded Centre for Telecommunications Value Chain Research (CTVR), O&M strand, EUR160,000 p.a., for 5 years from 2005.

IBM ISC Sponsored University Research in Supply Chain Management, EUR587,000 from 2005-2008.

International collaborators include Prof Terry Harrison of Penn State University (President of INFORMS 2012) on Service Science and Supply Chain Management; and Prof Martine Labbé and Bernard Fortz of Université Libre, Bruxelles, on telecommunications network design.

Professional Service / Affiliations

VP for Development and International Relations, Analytics Society of Ireland.

Irish Representative, EURO Council (EURO is the Association of European Operational Research Societies) within IFORS, the "International Federation of Operational Research Societies"), 2008 to date.

Chair of Organising Committee for EURO 2019 conference to be held in Dublin.

Editorial Board, European Journal of Operational Research, 2007-2010.

Article reviews for European Journal of Operational Research (EJOR), International Transactions in Operations Research (ITOR) and other journals.

Conference paper reviews for Real World Applications stream of Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference - GECCO (2009 to date).

Scientific Committee, 20th EurOMA Conference, 2013.

Member of INFORMS (INstitute For Operations Research and the Management Sciences)

Member of the ACM Special Interest Group on Evolutionary Computation.

Other Contributions:
Member, Forfás/EGFSN Steering group on "Data Analytics and Big Data in Ireland 2013-2020" during 2013-14.

 

Professional

 

Associations

Association: Analytics Institute, Function/Role: Academic member
Association: ACM SIGEvo, Function/Role: Member
Association: INFORMS, Function/Role: Member
Association: EURO Council (Association of European Operational Research Societies), Function/Role: Irish representative
Association: Analytics and Management Science Society of Ireland, Function/Role: Vice-President (International and Development)
     

Conference Contributions

Seán McGarraghy (2012) Referee, Real World Applications Track. [International Refereed Conference], 14th Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), 2012, Philadelphia, PA, USA , 07-JUL-12 - 11-JUL-12.
Seán McGarraghy (2013) Scientific Committee. [International Refereed Conference], 20th Annual EurOMA Conference 2013, Dublin, Ireland , 07-JUN-13 - 12-JUN-13.
Seán McGarraghy (2013) Referee, Real World Applications Track. [International Refereed Conference], 15th Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), 2013, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 6-10, , 06-JUL-13 - 10-JUL-13.
Sean McGarraghy (2014) Referee, Real World Applications Track. [International Refereed Conference], 2014 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2014), Vancouver, BC, Canada , 12-JUL-14 - 16-JUL-14.
Keenan, P., McGarraghy, S., McNamara, C., & Phelan, M.; (2004) Human Resource Management DSS. [International Refereed Conference], 2004 IFIP TC8.3 International Conference on Decision Support Systems, Tuscany, Italy , 01-JUL-04 - 01-JUL-04.
Seán McGarraghy; (2009) Referee, Real World Applications Track. [International Refereed Conference], 11th Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), 2009, Montreal, Canada , 08-JUL-09 - 12-JUL-09.
Seán McGarraghy; (2010) Referee, Real World Applications Track. [International Refereed Conference], 12th Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), 2010, Portland, Oregon, US , 07-JUL-10 - 11-JUL-10.
Seán McGarraghy; (2011) Referee, Real World Applications Track. [International Refereed Conference], 13th Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), 2011, Dublin, Ireland , 12-JUL-11 - 16-JUL-11.

Committees

Committee : Forfás / Expert Group on Future Skills Needs: Steering Group on Data Analytics in Ireland 2013-2020
Committee : UCD Research IT Steering Group
Committee : Steering Group, UCD Thematic PhD on Development

Employment

Employer: UCD
Position: College Lecturer, UCD Department of MIS / School of Business
Employer: UCD
Position: College Lecturer, UCD Department of Mathematics
Employer: UCD
Position: Arts Faculty Fellow
Employer: Vision Consulting Ltd.
Position: Senior Consultant, Information Technology and Management

Education

Year 1989 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BE Subject:
Year 2001 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 1992 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MA Subject:
Year 1990 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: Dip MathSc Subject:

Languages

French:
 

Outreach Activities

School visits to promulgate awareness of quantitative roles in business and resulting need for higher level Leaving Cert mathematics, 2009 to date

Journals Edited

European Journal Of Operational Research: Editorial Board member.
International Transactions In Operational Research : Reviewer.
European Journal Of Operational Research: Reviewer.
Results In Mathematics: Reviewer.
 

Publications

Books

Brabazon, A., O'Neill, M. and McGarraghy, S. (2015) Natural Computing Algorithms. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. Available Online [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

O'Neill, M; Brabazon, A; Nicolau, M; McGarraghy, S; Keenan, P (2004) 'pi Grammatical evolution' In: Kalmanyoy Deb et. al (eds). Genetic and Evolutionary Computation, Volume 2: Lecture Notes in Computer Science 3103. Heidelberg, London, New York: Springer-Verlag. , pp.617-629 [Details]
Phelan, M. and McGarraghy, S (2006) 'Clustering & Demand Forecasting: a study in Telecommunications Supply Chains' In: Croom, Simon (eds). Creating and Managing Value in Supply Networks. San Diego: University of San Diego. , pp.683-692 [Details]
Fan, K., O'Sullivan, C., Brabazon, A., O'Neill, M., McGarraghy, S.; (2008) 'Calibration of the VGSSD Option Pricing Model using a Quantum-inspired Evolutionary Algorithm' In: Nedjah, Nadia; Coelho, Leandro dos Santos; Mourelle, Luiza de Macedo (eds). Quantum Inspired Intelligent Systems, Studies in Computational Intelligence, Vol. 121. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer. , pp.133-153 Available Online [Details]
Harrison, T and McGarraghy, S; (2008) 'Data Support Design for Services Science Modeling' In: Shelley Evenson, Michael Goul, Robert F. Lusch, Stephen L. Vargo (eds). Service Science, Management and Engineering Education for the 21st Century. New York: Springer. , pp.251-255 Available Online [Details]
Michael Phelan, Brian Fynes, Seán McGarraghy, Sean de Búrca, Aiden Costello and Darach de Búrca (2008) 'The clustering of products to improve forecast accuracy' In: K S Pawar, C S Lalwani, R Banomyong (eds). Integrating the Global Supply Chain. Nottingham: Nottingham University Business School. , pp.325-332 Available Online [Details]
Fagan, D, O'Neill, M., Galvan-Lopez, E., Brabazon, A. and McGarraghy, S. (2010) 'An Analysis of Genotype-Phenotype Maps in Grammatical Evolution' In: Anna Isabel Esparcia-Alcázar, Anikó Ekárt, Sara Silva, Stephen Dignum, A. Şima Uyar (eds). Genetic Programming, Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 6021. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer. , pp.62-73 Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Fagan, D., Nicolau, M., Hemberg, E., O'Neill, M., Brabazon, A. and McGarraghy, S. (2011) 'Investigation of the Performance of Different Mapping Orders for GE on the Max Problem' In: Sara Silva, James A. Foster, Miguel Nicolau, Penousal Machado, Mario Giacobini (eds). Genetic Programming: Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 6621. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer. , pp.286-297 Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Carroll, Paula, Fortz, Bernard, Labbé, Martine and McGarraghy, Seán (2011) 'Improved Formulations for the Ring Spur Assignment Problem' In: Pahl, Julia and Reiners, Torsten and Voss, Stefan (eds). Network Optimization, Lecture Notes in Computer Science vol 6701. Heidelberg London New York: Springer. , pp.24-36 Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Seán McGarraghy and Michael Phelan; (2011) 'Generating Supply Chain Ordering Policies using Quantum Inspired Genetic Algorithms and Grammatical Evolution' In: Ioannis Minis, Vasileios Zeimpekis, Georgios Dounias, Nicholas Ampazis (eds). Supply Chain Optimization, Design, and Management: Advances and Intelligent Methods. Hershey; New York: IGI Global - Business science reference. , pp.125-153 Available Online [DOI] [Details]
David Fagan; Erik Hemberg; Miguel Nicolau; Michael O'Neill; Seán McGarraghy (2012) 'Towards adaptive mutation in grammatical evolution' In: Terence Soule and Jason H. Moore (eds). GECCO (Companion). New York: ACM. , pp.1481-1482 [DOI] [Details]
Fagan, D.; Hemberg, E.; Nicolau, M.; O'Neill, M. and McGarraghy, S. (2013) 'Understanding Expansion Order and Phenotypic Connectivity in πGE' In: Krzysztof Krawiec, Alberto Moraglio, Ting Hu, A. Şima Etaner-Uyar, Bin Hu (eds). Genetic Programming: 16th European Conference, EuroGP 2013, Vienna, Austria, April 3-5, 2013. Proceedings. Heidelberg-London-New York: Springer. , pp.37-48 Available Online [Details]
Sean McGarraghy and Milena Venkova (2014) 'Teaching Mathematics to Third-level Students with Neuro-Developmental Conditions' In: Burkhard Alpers, Michael Carr, Marie Demlova, Tommy Gustafsson, Duncan Lawson, Brita Olsson-Lehtonen, Carol Robinson, Paul Robinson, Daniela Velichova (eds). Proceedings of the 17th SEFI Mathematics Working Group Seminar. Aalen, Germany: European Society for Engineering Education. Available Online [Details]
Brabazon, A., McGarraghy, S., Agapitos, A. (2015) 'Plant Propagation-Inspired Algorithms' In: Sean Washington (eds). New Developments in Evolutionary Computation Research. New York: Nova Science Publishers. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Lewis, David W.; McGarraghy, Sean; (2000) 'Annihilating polynomials, etale algebras, trace forms and the Galois number'. Archiv der Mathematik, 75 (2):116-120. [Details]
McGarraghy, Sean; (2000) 'Annihilating polynomials, trace forms and the Galois number'. Irish Mathematics Society Bulletin, 44 :76-87. [Details]
McGarraghy, Sean; (2002) 'Exterior powers of symmetric bilinear forms'. Algebra Colloquium, 9 (2):197-218. [Details]
O'Neill, M, Brabazon, A, Nicolau, M, Mcgarraghy, S, Keenan, P, ; (2004) 'pi Grammatical evolution'. LOCATION- AND CONTEXT-AWARENESS, PROCEEDINGS, 3103 (NA):617-629. [Details]
McGarraghy, S; (2005) 'Symmetric powers of symmetric bilinear forms'. Algebra Colloquium, 12 :41-57. [Details]
Carroll, P,McGarraghy, S (2013) 'A decomposition algorithm for the ring spur assignment problem'. International Transactions in Operational Research, 20 (1):119-139. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Carroll, P,Fortz, B,Labbe, M,McGarraghy, S (2013) 'A branch-and-cut algorithm for the ring spur assignment problem'. Networks, 61 :89-103. [DOI] [Details]
Phelan, Michael and McGarraghy, Sean (2015) 'Grammatical Evolution in developing optimal inventory policies for serial and distribution supply chains'. International Journal of Production Research, Published online: 23 Sep 2015 . [DOI] [Details]
 

Conference Publications

Seán McGarraghy, James McDermott, Allen Butler, Louis Smith (2015) Self-generating and co-evolutionary memetic algorithms 27th European Conference on Operational Research EURO XXVII Glasgow, Scotland, [Details]
O'Neill, M; Brabazon, A; Nicolau, M; Mcgarraghy, S; Keenan, P (2004) pi Grammatical evolution . In: K. Deb, R. Poli, W. Banzhaf, H.-G. Beyer, E. K. Burke, P. J. Darwen, D. Dasgupta, D. Floreano, J. A. Foster, M. Harman, O. Holland, P. L. Lanzi, L. Spector, A. Tettamanzi, D. Thierens, A. M. Tyr eds. Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2004) Seattle, WA, USA, , 26-JUN-04 - 30-JUN-04 , pp.617-629 [Details]
Paula Carroll and Seán McGarraghy; (2008) Polyhedral Investigation of the Ring Spur Assignment Problem International Symposium on Combinatorial Optimization, CO 2008 University of Warwick, UK, , 16-MAR-08 - 19-MAR-08 [Details]
David Fagan, Erik Hemberg, Miguel Nicolau, Michael O'Neill and Sean McGarraghy (2012) Towards adaptive mutation in grammatical evolution GECCO 2012 , 07-JUL-12 - 11-JUL-12 , pp.1481-1482 [Details]
Fagan D., Hemberg E., O'Neill M., McGarraghy S. (2012) Fitness Reactive Mutation in Grammatical Evolution Mendel 2012 the 18th International Conference on Soft Computing Brno, Czech Republic, , 27-JUN-13 - 29-JUN-13 [Details]
Seán McGarraghy and Michael Phelan (2013) Generating Supply Chain Ordering Policies using Quantum Inspired Genetic Algorithms and Grammatical Evolution EURO-INFORMS MMXIII: 26TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON OPERATIONAL RESEARCH Rome, Italy, , 01-JUL-13 - 04-JUL-13 [Details]
Fagan D., Hemberg E., O'Neill M., McGarraghy S. (2013) Understanding Expansion Order and Phenotypic Connectivity in piGE 16th European Conference on Genetic Programming (EuroGP 2013) [Details]
Kavanagh, Donncha; McGarraghy, Seán; Kelly, Séamas (2015) Ethnography in an algorithm . In: L. Galuppo, G. Musca and L. Rouleau eds. 31st EGOS Colloquium Athens, Greece, , 02-JUL-15 - 04-JUL-15 [Details]
Carroll, Paula, Fortz, Bernard, Labbé, Martine and McGarraghy, Seán; (2011) Improved Formulations for the Ring Spur Assignment Problem . In: Pahl, Julia, Reiners, Torsten and Voss, Stefan eds. 5th International Network Optimization Conference (INOC 2011) Hamburg, Germany, , 13-JUN-11 - 16-JUN-11 , pp.24-36 Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Fagan, D., Nicolau, M., Hemberg, E., O'Neill, M., Brabazon, A. and McGarraghy, S.; (2011) Investigation of the Performance of Different Mapping Orders for GE on the Max Problem 14th European Conference on Genetic Programming (EuroGP 2011) Torino, Italy, , 27-APR-11 - 29-APR-11 , pp.286-297 [Details]
Fagan, D, O'Neill, M., Galvan-Lopez, E., Brabazon, A. and McGarraghy, S. ; (2010) An Analysis of Genotype-Phenotype Maps in Grammatical Evolution . In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 6021, Springer eds. 13th European Conference on Genetic Programming (EuroGP 2010) Istanbul, Turkey, , 07-APR-10 - 09-APR-10 , pp.62-73 [Details]
Carroll, Paula, Bernard Fortz, Martine Labbé, Seán McGarraghy; (2010) A cutting plane algorithm for the ring spur assignment problem . In: EURO eds. 24th European Conference on Operational Research EURO XXIV Lisbon, Portugal, , 11-JUL-10 - 14-JUL-10 Available Online [Details]
Fagan, David; Nicolau, Miguel; O'Neill, Michael; Galván-López, Edgar; Brabazon, Anthony; McGarraghy, Sean; (2010) Investigating mapping order in GE . In: IEEE eds. IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC), 2010 Barcelona, Spain, , 18-JUL-10 - 23-JUL-10 , pp.1-7 Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Carroll, Paula, Seán McGarraghy; (2009) Investigation of the ring spur assignment problem . In: G. Bigi, A. Frangioni, M.G. Scutella eds. 4th International Network Optimization Conference (INOC 2009) Pisa, Italy, , 27-APR-09 - 29-APR-09 Available Online [Details]
Seán McGarraghy; (2009) Invited paper: Symmetrising operations, symmetric bilinear forms and central simple algebras LewisFest, July 2009 Dublin, Ireland, , 23-JUL-09 - 24-JUL-09 [Details]
Carroll, Paula and Seán McGarraghy; (2009) An algorithm for the ring spur assignment problem . In: Nina Papova, Micheál Ó h´Eigeartaigh eds. Proceedings of the International Eugene Lawler PhD Summer School 2009 (Scientific Computing) WIT, Ireland, , 06-JUN-09 - 10-JUN-09 , pp.180-197 [Details]
McGarraghy, S., Phelan, M. and O'Dowd, C. ; (2008) Grammatical Evolution and Quantum Inspired Genetic Algorithms in the Beer Game Supply Chain INFORMS Annual Meeting 2008 Washington DC, , 12-OCT-08 - 15-OCT-08 [Details]
Carroll, Paula and Seán McGarraghy; (2008) Investigation of the ring spur assignment problem APMOD 2008: Applied mathematical programming and Modelling Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia, , 28-MAY-08 - 30-MAY-08 [Details]
Phelan, M. P., Fynes, B., McGarraghy, S., de Burca, S., Costello, A., de Burca, D. ; (2008) The Clustering of Products to Improve Forecast Accuracy . In: K S Pawar, C S Lalwani, R Banomyong eds. ISL 2008: 13th International Symposium on Logistics: Integrating the Global Supply Chain Bangkok, Thailand, , 06-JUL-08 - 08-JUL-08 , pp.325-332 [Details]
McGarraghy, S. and Harrison, T; (2007) Services Supply Chain Modeling INFORMS Annual Meeting 2007 Seattle, WA, , 04-NOV-07 - 07-NOV-07 [Details]
Michael Phelan and Seán McGarraghy; (2007) Mitigating the Bullwhip Effect in Supply Chains using Grammatical Evolution . In: System Dynamics Society eds. System Dynamics Society Conference Boston, Massachusetts, USA, , 29-JUL-07 - 02-AUG-07 [Details]
Michael Phelan and Seán McGarraghy; (2006) Clustering & Demand Forecasting in Telecommunications Supply Chains . In: Croom, Simon eds. Creating and Managing Value in Supply Networks, 15th IPSERA Conference (incorporating the 4th Worldwide Research Symposium on Purchasing & Supply Chain Management, the 17th Annual NARTS and 15th Annual IPSERA conferences) San Diego, USA, , 06-APR-06 - 08-APR-06 [DOI] [Details]
Michael Phelan and Seán McGarraghy; (2006) Clustering & Demand Forecasting in Telecommunications Supply Chains 3rd CEMS Research Seminar 2006 SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT: THE CHALLENGE OF OUTSOURCING & OFFSHORING SUPPLY CHAIN ACTIVITIES Riezlern, Austria, , 25-JAN-06 - 29-JAN-06 [Details]
Keenan, Peter ,McGarraghy, Sean ,McNamara, Conor ,Phelan, Michael; (2004) The 2004 IFIP International Conference on Decision Support Systems (DSS2004) Human Resource Management DSS Prato, Tuscany, Italy, , pp.525-534 [Details]

Published Reports

Expert Group on Future Skills Needs: Marie Bourke Duncan Cleary Tim Conlon Peter Cosgrove Donal Flavin Paul Forde Gerard Lande Edel Lynch Maurice Lynch Aidan McCauley Kevin Magee Seán McGarraghy Vincent McKey Grainne Morrisey Conor Murphy Richard Southern Gerard Walker (2014) Assessing the Demand for Big Data and Analytics Skills, 2013 - 2020. Forfás / Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, Dublin. Available Online [Details]
                                                                                                               

Research

Research Interests

Natural Computing including Genetic Algorithms and Grammatical Evolution

Combinatorial Enumeration and Optimisation, Network Algorithms

Supply Chain and Value Chain Management and Optimisation

Quadratic forms, K-theory and related topics

 

Recent Postgraduates

PhD students (primary supervisor)

Paula Carroll M.Mangt.Sc. "The Ring Spur Assignment Problem" (2011)

Michael Phelan M.Mangt.Sc. "Evolving multi-echelon supply chain inventory and ordering policies using biologically inspired grammar based meta-heuristics" (2014)

Herieth Rwezaura M.Sc. "Modelling Social Contact Networks as an Aid to Decision-making in Control of Airborne Infectious Diseases in Tanzania" (2014)

PhD students (member of DSP)

Joseph Kakeneno "Participatory Multi-Criteria Decision-Making in Rural Communities in Tanzania"

David Fagan "Analysing genotype-phenotype mapping in Grammatical Evolution"

Eoin Murphy "An Exploration of Tree-Adjoining Grammars for Grammatical Evolution"

Approximately 80 MSc minor theses
 

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

Teaching is about developing students and helping them to grow. In particular, I want to develop critical thinking. This growth is best achieved by inspiring the students to engage with the material and to exchange learning with each other: the best way to learn something is to teach
 

Enhancement of Teaching

I teach mainly quantitative, algorithmic and/or information technology (IT) content in the area of analytics. This requires significant practical content, which I make an integral part of the module: demonstrations and tutorials as well as formal lectures; and practical assessment approaches, including programming assignments. These additional components significantly increase the preparation requirements for these modules; however, from engaging with students and seeking their feedback, I know they enhance student learning. The rapidly changing nature of analytics and IT means that course content must be constantly updated: I continually introduce new material, informed by my awareness of research developments and innovations in technology and applications. I integrate my own research, and findings of recent dissertations I have supervised. As a typical assignment, a team of two students must present to the class on a given academic paper. They not only explain the technical content, but evaluate the paper critically, approaching it from the following angles: - what is its context (or: topic, motivation) - did the authors find a gap (point of departure, "what next?") - what is their question (research aim) - what did they do (method(ology), research approach) - what did they find (results) - what is the answer (analysis, discussion) - what is the significance ("so what?", conclusion, value add) - did the paper succeed? In my view, this case study approach, though less common in technical areas, greatly enhances the students' active learning, independence and critical thinking.

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

I have designed and developed at both programme and module level: - MSc Business Analytics (new programme, 2007-08); - an integrated set of courses for Mathematical Studies students: Algebraic Studies I, Algebraic Studies II, and Linear Algebra; - MMangtSc and MSc(Quantitative Finance): Quantitative Methods and Software and Numerical Applications (shared), decoupling the mathematical and algorithmic content; Networks and Algorithms (MMangtSc alone); - MSc Business Analytics: MIS40530 Numerical Methods and Software, MIS40550 Network Software Modelling, and MIS40750 Producing the Dissertation. - BComm, BAFS: new MIS30040 Decision Modelling (now Analytics Modelling); now a core module for Bachelor of Actuarial and Financial Science, illustrating its utility. I update all my modules continually, to reflect trends and student input. Structure and content are driven by learning outcomes, which in turn reflect academic rigour and industry needs. Module learning outcomes are a mix of knowledge-based and practical. Assessments reflect these, e.g., programming assignments for pricing financial instruments where student teams work from theory to implement mathematical and computational solutions; thus, they work through all phases of a real world exercise and learn by doing. Critical reading of current research papers helps students to develop independent thinking. I advised the implementation committee on BComm/BCommIntl/BBLS restructuring, headed by Prof Andrea Prothero, on quantitative content. I made the case that quantitative subjects are less suited to teaching in short fat modules; rather, understanding develops with time, practice and exercises; and that there should be a more quantitative route through the BComm and other undergrad business degrees for more mathematically able students. I lead the MIS Subject Area working group on redesign and updating of Analytics and other quantitative undergraduate MIS modules, better to align these subjects with the 1st year subjects arising from the BComm restructuring, and with entry requirements for the MSc Business Analytics.

Developing as a Teacher

To support colleagues, I review their teaching and assessment materials. At EURO conferences I attend the Education workshops. I incorporate applicable material into my teaching. For example, "Mind the gap: modelling learning in a professional curriculum" (Smedley, 2010) was relevant, covering assurance of accessibility, packaging information appropriately to engage with a wider range of learners: the MSc Business Analytics has students from backgrounds as diverse as Business and Physics, so for each topic I develop multiple "hooks" allowing each student to link it to his/her own background and better engage with the topic. With colleagues in EURO I work on developing teaching approaches informed by our experiences, such as web-based simulations and supplementing use of modelling and solver packages with spreadsheet based approaches; these latter are found to be more intuitive for beginning students. With Bjarni Kristjansson and others, I proposed the EURO Working Group on OR Education (EUROED), during the EUROXXIV conference, 12-14 July 2010. I worked with Mícheál Ó'hÉigeartaigh (WIT), Seamas Gallen (EI) and others in 2006-07 to develop an annual Irish Computational PhD summer school. We in the EURO Council are currently developing a policy document for Europe-wide PhD Schools on the OR/MS theme.

Innovation & Leadership

I led the redesign of the M.Mangt.Sc to the MSc Business Analytics, with new and revamped modules and a new ethos of engagement with industry sponsors: minor theses are on real-world problems, in partnership with industry sponsors. I use software in class to show algorithms in action: I share these approaches with colleagues. I developed a new module, MIS40750, "Producing the Dissertation", covering programming; planning and implementing an academically rigorous research project, and documenting the research as a minor thesis.

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Professor Anthony Brabazon, School of Business, UCD CASL
Professor Michael O'Neill, School of Computer Science and Informatics, UCD CASL
Dr Peter Keenan, School of Business
Dr James McDermott, School of Business, UCD CASL
Dr Paula Carroll, School of Business
Dr Conall O'Sullivan, School of Business
Dr Miguel Nicolau, UCD CASL
Professor David Lewis, School of Mathematical Sciences
Dr David Fagan, School of Computer Science and Informatics, UCD CASL
Dr Kai Fan, School of Computer Science and Informatics, UCD CASL
 

External Collaborators

Professor Terry Harrison, Penn State University
Professor Martine Labbé, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Professor Bernard Fortz, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Dr Erik Hemberg, MIT CSAIL
Dr Edgar Galvan-Lopez, Trinity College Dublin
Herieth Rwezaura, University of Dar Es Salaam
Dr Michael Phelan, DePuy Johnson & Johnson