Research projects in this group have been financed by the Irish Government under the National Development Plan, 2000 - 2006 with co-financing by the European Commission under the European Regional Development Fund.

 National Development Plan  Enterprise Ireland

Research in this group has been supported by a Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge Fellowship of the EU 6th Framework Programme, contract CT-2005-029611.

European Commission  Marie Curie Programme

Some of this material is based upon works supported by the Science Foundation Ireland under Grant 08/RFP/CMS1254. The opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Science Foundation Ireland or other funding agencies.

Science Foundation Ireland

Current Research Projects

  1. 2008-2011: Handling Nonlinearity and Uncertainty in Drug Delivery Modelling. Funded by Science Foundation Ireland, we are working with Dr Petri Piiroinen (Mathematical Physics, NUI Galway) and Dr Niall Madden (Mathematics, NUI Galway) on developing new techniques for modelling how medical drugs are processed in the body and affect it.We are also collaborating with University Hospital Galway, and Prof. Stuart Russell’s group in Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley.
  2. 2006-2010: Galway Lab for Biomedical Data Mining (Biomed DM), Supported by the European Union's Marie Curie Programme for Tansfer of Knowledge, this project involves collaborations between our group and other researchers in Galway who produce data to be analysed. We are also collaborating with leading international research groups in Helsinki, Berkeley, Irvine and Crete.
  3. 2008-2009: Comparison, Search and Clustering of Spectral Data: [CS]2. With funding from Enterprise Ireland, we are developing new techniques for processing of chemical spectroscopy data, and in particular techniques for clustering of spectra, performing approximate matching and efficient search of spectra in databases.
  4. 2007 onward: Analyze IQ - Intelligent Analytical Chemistry Software. We continue to work on innovations and improvements for Analyze IQ, the software suite we have developed for accurate analysis of data from molecular spectrscopy.
  5. 2006-2009: One Sided Classification and Inductive Learning (OSCAIL). This project is supported by Enterprise Ireland. We are funded jointly with Professor Padraig Cunningham of UCD to developa toolkit of techniques for one-class classification, that can be incorporated into third-party products.
  6. 2006-2008: Data Mining Analysis in Clinical Information Systems (DM-CIS). This project is supported by Science Foundation Ireland and Chinese Ministry of Science & Technology under the China-Ireland Research Collaboration Programme. It facilitates travel and collaboration between our group and that of Dr Yan Xing, Guangdong University of Technology.

Past Research Projects

  1. 2006-2007: Sabbatical Research Year. I was on sabbatical from September 2006 through August 2007, based in the University of Helsinki, the University of California at Irvine, the University of California at Berkeley, and Galway. My sabbatical research travel was supported by the European Union’s Marie Curie programme for Transfer of Knowledge, under the project Galway Lab for Biomedical Data Mining.
  2. 2003-2007: Intelligent Quantification of Hazardous and Illicit Materials (Hazard-IQ). In this project, funded by Enterprise Ireland over 4 years, we collaborated with Dr Alan Ryder (School of Chemistry, NUI Galway). We developed novel and commercially relevant Machine Learning techniques for analysis of Raman spectroscopy data, with the aim of being able to identify and determine the concentration of hazardous materials and narcotic samples.
  3. 2003-2006: Qualitative Raman Spectroscopy using Machine Learning methods (QRS/ML). This project was supported by Enterprise Irleand. The main goal of the QRS/ML project was to develop machine learning techniques for the accurate identification and quantification of a range of materials.
  4. 2005-2006: One-Sided Classification: Proof of Concept. This project received funding from Enterprise Ireland to explore the possibilities for one-class classification, and led to our OSCAIL project.
  5. 2005-2006: A Data Mining Product for the Manufacturing Sector. This was an Innovation Partnership Feasability Study project, in which we worked with a Galway-based startup company called MAPSYS to identify whether data mining techniques could be incorporated into their product offering.
  6. 2002-2006: Portable Remote Intelligent Medical Agents (PRIMA). We were collaborators on this project, which was led by Dr Des Chambers, Information Technology, NUI Galway and funded by Enterprise Ireland. The goal of the project was to develop wearable wireless medical telemetry devices with intelligent diagnostics.
  7. 2002-2003: Machine Learning of Skills. A minor research project on Reinformcement Learning, supported by NUI Galway's Millinium Research Fund.
  8. 2001-2005: Virtual Mult-Agent Broker (V-LAB). We were collaborators on this project, which was led by Prof. Gerard Lyons, Information Technology, NUI Galway, with funding from Enterprise Ireland. The goal of the project was to develop a new distributed agent-based appraoch to brokerage for road hauliers, to increase efficiency and reduce transport impacts.
  9. 2001-2002: Machine Learning Techniques for Medical Diagnostic Assistance. A minor research project on medical applications of Machine Learning, supported by NUI Galway's Millinium Research Fund.