Our Team

Meet the IC4 Team

Jack joins IC4 with a background in cyber security that spans 20 years. He has previously acted as a delegate to the European Commission on Electronic/Digital Signing Legislation and the IEEE Secure Storage Working Group and has worked with several key names in the security industry.

As Head of Business Development, Jack will be responsible for managing the development of IC4’s project portfolio and business partners in the Republic of Ireland. This will involve developing IC4’s existing portfolio of research projects, as well as identifying new opportunities for research and potential partners. 

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Joan is an experienced CEO and senior manager with breadth of experience across a range of industry sectors. 

Former CEO for the Irish Internet Association, Joan has extensive experience in working with industry members in addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities facing scaling and innovating businesses. With this deep knowledge of industry, Joan will lead the strategic development of IC4 as we build on the successes of the past four years and forge new relationships with our industry and academic research partners. 

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Sergej started his career from SAP Dublin IT Infrastructure Support role moving later to Finance and Controlling Business Applications Support position, eventually becoming a senior team member. Later, in 2012, Sergej moved to SAP Research Belfast to complete a one-year internship where he contributed to the Bonfire FP7 project as a Python developer. Further from 2013 to 2016, Sergej was involved in research and development of simulation toolkit for CACTOS FP7 project as PhD candidate being part of the Modelling and Simulation Group, in Dublin City University Business School. Currently, Sergej is working as a Research Assistant in IC4 and finishing up his PhD thesis in the area of Cloud Computing Resource Management. His main research interests are in Cloud Computing, Discrete Event Simulation and Software Engineering.

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Currently, David is a Research Assistant in the CUC, UCC. While pursuing his undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics and Physics, David interned with many distinguished groups in a plethora of research areas including but not limited to: Mathematical and Computational Biology, Spatial and temporal evolution of electromagnetic waves in optical fibers and elementary bifurcation analysis of optically injected lasers.

In 2012, David was awarded a grant from the Irish Research Council to pursue a Ph.D (Applied Mathematics) in modeling multi-mode optically injected semiconductor lasers. His thesis consists of experimental (optical) physics and the numerical/analytical study of a non-linear rate-equation model using an array of time-series analysis techniques on multi-dimensional data.

Research Interests

David's research interests include mathematical modeling, software automation, laser physics, time-trace analysis, data analysis, bifurcation analysis and dynamical systems theory.

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Binesh is a Data Scientist and a research assistant in IC4 working in the area of social media analytics and predictive modelling. Previously he was a lecturer on data mining and data warehousing at postgraduate level at Mumbai University. Binesh's research interests include data mining and data analytics and he has been published in several international journals. Binesh's background also includes private sector consulting.

Binesh received a BSc (I.T.) and MSc (I.T.) from Mumbai University and an MSc (Data Analytics) from Dublin City University. Binesh was the recipient of the coveted Government of Ireland Scholarship for 2014/15.

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Divyaa is researching Cloud Storage Abstraction, Cloud Migration and Interoperability. She received a Master's in Computing from the Dublin Institute of Technology where she tutored during practical classes in Programming before joining the IC4 at DCU Business School as a research assistant.

She always had a strong interest for Cloud Computing and service provider with a specific research interest in Cloud Security. Her work in the Cloud Computing research field enabled Divyaa to develop Cloud application (SaaS) using the MVC model.

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Hany is a research assistant in IC4 at DCU Business School. He holds a BSc (Computer Science) and a Master's in Software Engineering from the Athlone Institute of Technology. His Master's research relates to Cloud analytics and social Big Data analytics.

Hany has many years of experience working for multi-national companies as an Oracle Database Administrator and his current research interests include Cloud migration, Cloud interoperability and Cloud storage

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Valerie is a research assistant in IC4 and a PhD candidate at DCU Business School. She is researching information privacy challenges in Cloud ecosystems. Valerie received a BSc (Information Systems) from Trinity College, Dublin and a Master's in Business Management from the Irish Management Institute/UCC. 

A Chartered Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Valerie also holds postgraduate qualifications in Leadership, Cloud Computing and Executive Coaching. She is an accomplished Information Security Risk Manager, with over 20 years experience at senior level in the financial services sector, and an honorary fellow of the Irish Information Security Forum for over 10 years.

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Saul Gill is currently completing his Masters by Research at the Software Research Institute based in Athlone Institute of Technology, under the supervision of Dr Brian Lee and Dr Yuansong Qiao. His research focuses on the use of data mining and machine learning techniques to aid in the creation of a model-based cleaning system for streaming data. The system is built on Big Data architectures that serve to split the computations involved in cleaning over a cluster of computers. Saul received a BSc (Science) and a postgraduate diploma (Software Engineering) from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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David Kenny is a Research Assistant at the DCU Business School and project manager for IC4. David is a business requirements analyst and holds a MSc. in E-Commerce and a BA (Hons) in International Business and Japanese from Dublin City University.

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Dr Huanhuan Xiong is a post doctoral researcher at IC4. Her current research interests include different aspects of Cloud migration (e.g. business processes, business impact analysis, and software design patterns), Cloud interoperability and scalability.

Dr Xiong received a BS (Economics), MS (Software Engineering) and PhD (Geographic Information Systems) from Wuhan University, China.

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Dr Pierangelo Rosati is a post doctoral researcher based in IC4. His research focuses on organisational competences in accounting, finance and data analysis in the Cloud.

Dr Rosati received a BA (Business) and MBA from the University of Bologna and a PhD (Management and Business Administration) from the "G. d'Annunzio" University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy.

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Dr Victoria Paulsson is a post doctoral researcher at IC4. She is a specialist of business decision-making and her research interests include decision-making, ERP systems, business intelligence, social media, emergency management software and cloud computing.

Dr Paulsson received a BBA (Accounting) from Thammasat Business School, Thailand, and a MSc (I.T. Management) from Mälardalen University College, Sweden. She also went to Lund University, Sweden where she received her PhD (Information Systems).

Dr Paulsson's PhD research investigated a complementary use of ERP systems, business intelligence and spreadsheets for budgeting processes in multiple organisations. Dr Paulsson also worked with S-HELP, an international research project funded by the European Commission under the FP-7 programme. Her contributions on the project were on software requirements and KPIs for software use. Her research results are published in many international book chapters and proceedings from many high-ranked international conferences in Information Systems.

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Dr Neil Cafferkey is a postdoctoral researcher under the supervision of Prof. Cormac Sreenan. He received a BSc and PhD in Computer Science, both from University College Cork. He is currently researching protocol optimisation in satellite and cellular networking environments. His past research includes parallel computing and distributed workflow for scientific applications.

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Dr Vincent C. Emeakaroha is a senior postdoctoral researcher at IC4, based in UCC. Previously, he was a Research Assistant at the Distributed Systems Group, Information Systems Institute, Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). Dr Emeakaroha received a BSc (Computer Engineering), MSc (Software Engineering & Internet Computing),  MSc (Informatics Management) and PhD (Computer Science) (with excellence) all from Vienna University of Technology.

Dr Emeakaroha has worked in different research projects over the years including the Foundations of Self-governing ICT Infrastructures (FoSII) project funded by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF) and Holistic Energy Efficient Approach for the Management of Hybrid Clouds (HALEY) funded by the Vienna University of Technology Science Award. He participated in the European Commission's COST Action on Energy Efficient Large Scale Distributed System. In October 2010, he was a visiting researcher at the Technical University of Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. His research areas of interest include resource management in large-scale distributed systems, service provisioning management, storage usage optimization, autonomic computing, energy efficiency in Clouds, SLA and QoS management.

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Hamid Arabnejad is a postdoctoral researcher at IC4. Previously, he was a PhD student at the Faculty of Engineering University of Porto (FEUP).He participated in the European Commission's COST Action on Open European Network for High Performance Computing on Complex Environments and In June 2012, he was a visiting researcher at the IN2P3 Computing Center, Lyon (France). Also in October 2014, he spent two weeks as a visiting researcher at the Institute for Computer Science - University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck (Austria) as part of the Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) supported by the Network for Sustainable Ultrascale Computing (NESUS) COST Action .His research interests are related to Parallel and distributed computing, Heterogeneous Computing, Scheduling in heterogeneous environments, QoS resource management and Cloud Computing.

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Frank Fowley joined IC4 as a researcher, after completing a Masters in Security and Forensics Computing at DCU. Having previously spent over 20 years in the Telecoms and IT industries, he brings a business-oriented viewpoint to the research activities. His main research focus to date has been on cloud interoperability, specifically related to open cloud brokerage systems. His Masters work is related to security protocols for storage clouds and proof-of-ownership methods.

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Dr Brian Lee is the Director of the Software Research Institute and holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin the application of programmable networking for network management. He has over 20 years experience in fixed and mobile network management and has extensive experience of systems and software design and development for large telecommunications products. He has managed numerous internal and external projects including Celtic Plus projects and has been task and WP leader on both EU and Celtic projects. He was previously director of research for LM Ericsson Ireland with responsibility for overseeing all research activities including external collaborations and relationship management. His research interests include programmable networking for network management (especially wrt to SDN) and distributed data analytics for infrastructure management.

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Prof. John Morrison is the founder and director of the Centre for Unified Computing. He is a co-founder and co-director of the Boole Centre for Research in Informatics and a co-founder and co-director of Grid-Ireland. He is the UCC PI for the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce. Prof. Morrison is a Science Foundation of Ireland Investigator award holder and has published widely in the field of Parallel Distributed and Grid Computing. He has been the guest editor on many journals including the Journal of Super Computing and the Journal of Scientific Computing. He is on the Editorial Board of Multi-Agent and Grid Systems: An International Journal, published by ISO Press, and the International Journal of Computational Intelligence: Theory and Practice (IJCITP). He is a member of the ACM and a senior member of the IEEE. Prof Morrison is a member of the I2Lab Advisory Board in the University of Central Florida.

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Professor Theo Lynn is the Business Innovation Platform Director at Dublin City University and Principal Investigator of the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce. He was director of the Leadership, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre at DCU from 2009 to 2011 and has been Director of Industry Engagement at DCU Business School since 2010. Dr Lynn holds a PhD, MBS (MIS) and BBLS all from University College Dublin. Dr. Lynn has founded a number of ICT companies incl. Enki Information Systems, Educational Multimedia Group and Atomic Assets, the businesses of which have been acquired by Rochford Brady Group, Intuition and Cambridge University Press respectively. He is currently a Partner in the 30/60 Seed Investment Fund and advises a number of domestic and international companies in digital marketing. Dr. Lynn is an EU Expert Evaluator in ICT and has recently advised the European Parliament STOA Panel on cloud computing and social media. Dr. Lynn has led the completion of over 150 funded research projects since 2007.

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