Associated Researchers (UCD)

Professor Pádraig Cunningham‌

Pádraig Cunningham is Professor of Knowledge and Data Engineering in the School of Computer Science and Informatics at University College Dublin. His current research focus is on the analysis of graph and network data and on the use of machine learning techniques in processing high-dimension data.

He has a B.E. and M.Eng.Sci. from NUI Galway and a Ph.D. from Dublin University which he received in 1989. He was elected to Fellowship in TCD in 1998. He became a Fellow of ECCAI (European Coordinating Committee on Artificial Intelligence) in 2004. After completing his PhD he worked with Digital Equipment Corporation as a Software Engineer and with Hitachi Europe Ltd. as a Research Scientist. He joined Trinity College Dublin as a lecturer in 1992. After promotion to Senior Lecturer then Associate Professor at TCD he moved to University College Dublin in 2006 to take up a full Professorship in the School of Computer Science and Informatics. He is a former director of New World Commerce, now New WorldIQ, a Dublin e-commerce IT company that employed over 40 people. He is a former director of Prediction Dynamics a Dublin company specialising in software for financial trading which employed 14 people.

Dr. Cunningham has published over 170 peer-reviewed papers in the general area of applied AI, focusing on machine learning and knowledge based systems for decision support in engineering, e-commerce, finance and medicine. Over the last 10 years he has brought in over €2.5M in research grants, from industry, from EU funding sources and from national funding sources. He was Programme Chair for PAIS 2004, Prestigious Applications of Intelligent Systems (ECAI applications track). He is a member of the Editorial Board of Artificial Intelligence Review. He was co-chair for the European Workshop on Case-Based Reasoning in 1998 having served on the Programme Committee for that workshop in recent years. He chaired the Irish AI and Cognitive Science conference in 2003, having co-chaired that conference in 1994. Between 2002 and 2004 he served as Irish Director of ERCIM (, the European consortium of national ICT research institutions.

Dr Derek Greene

Derek Greene is a Senior Research Fellow with the INSIGHT Centre at University College Dublin. He received his Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin in 2006, for work in the area of unsupervised text mining. After working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Machine Learning Group in UCD,  he joined the SFI-funded Clique Research Cluster as a Research Fellow in May 2009 and worked in the UCD CASL institute. In July 2013, he joined the INSIGHT Centre, where his current research focuses on scalable machine learning, network analysis, and recommender systems. In addition to his work at UCD, Derek is also currently an Adjunct Lecturer at the NUIG College of Engineering & Informatics, and an External Examiner for the DIT School of Computing.

Dr Anne Mulhall

Anne Mulhall completed her BA and MA at NUI Galway and went on as an NUI Travelling Scholar to complete herdoctorate at St John's College, Oxford. Prior to her appointment as permanent lecturer in 2008, she worked as a lecturer and researcher at NUI Galway, UCC and UCD. Her research and teaching interests include critical and cultural theory, particularly feminist, psychoanalytic and queer theory, 20th century and contemporary Irish writing and popular culture with a focus on issues of gender and sexuality, and migration studies. Her teaching interests are critical theory; feminist, psychoanalytic and queer theory; gender and sexuality in literature and culture; Irish cultural and literary studies. She coordinates the MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture and contribute to the GREP in Gender, Culture and Identities.

Dr Karen Wade

Karen Wade is a postdoctoral research fellow on the Nation, Genre and Gender project. In early 2014, she completed her PhD at the UCD Humanities Institute, concerning Irish online social networks and Irish national culture, partly in conjunction with researchers from UCD's Clique Research Cluster. Since the completion of her PhD thesis, her work has focused upon the integration of technological methodologies and more traditional cultural and literary studies. She has worked on the Humanities Institute's Changing Empathies: Social Networks and the Novel, as well as being involved with the inception and design of the UCD English Department's Digital Platform for Contemporary Irish Literature. Her research interests include digital humanities methodologies, new media, gender studies, 19th-century English literature and publishing cultures, and autobiography.

Dr Maria Mulvany

Maria Mulvany is a research assistant on the Nation, Genre and Gender project. In 2016, she completed her PhD in the School of English, Drama and Film at UCD on the topic of spectrality and trauma in contemporary Irish historical fiction. She was a co-organizer of the Digital Humanities Exploratorium: Pathways to Interdisciplinarity, Creative Praxis and Digital Humanities Research conference at the Humanities Institute in 2013. Her publications include "Spectral Histories: The Queer Temporalities of Emma Donoghue’s Slammerkin” in the Irish University Review: Queer Studies and Ireland. Eds. Anne Mulhall, Éibhear Walshe, Sean Kennedy and Sarah McKibben (Spring 2013) and "Erotic Effusions in Elizabeth Freeman’s Time Binds: Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories" in Periscope Dossier, Online edition of Social Text (2014). Her research and teaching interests include gender and sexuality studies, Irish literature, the historical novel, digital humanities, crime fiction, psychoanalysis and critical theory. 

Associated Researchers (External)

Dr Michael Pierse

Michael Pierse's principal research interests lie in the fields of Irish literary and cultural studies, most particularly drama and fiction of working-class experience. He published his first monograph, Writing Ireland’s Working Class: Dublin After O’Casey, with Palgrave Macmillan in 2011, and hiswork includes research on Seán O’Casey, Brendan Behan and Dermot Bolger, and generally on cultural representations of class in Irish life. He has almost a decade’s experience of teaching Communications and English in further education in Dublin and is a former newspaper editor with Belfast Media Group.

His fellowship with the Institute for Collaborative in the Humanities at Queen’s focuses on representations of the lives of working-class people in the North of Ireland throughout the twentieth century. It aims to explore the class politics of everyday life  through its manifestation in various forms of cultural production — such as poetry, drama, fiction, song, memoir and film.