The National University of Ireland, Galway has identified Information Technology as one of its key strategic academic disciplines. Within the Irish University sector, it has a unique approach to development of IT research and teaching, recognising separate demands for: IT as an individual discipline focused on industry's needs for Software Engineering skills and research; and IT in combination with other disciplines to address the broader skill needs of the information society. The Department of IT is the University's School of IT and has grown rapidly, since its establishment in 1991, to become the largest academic discipline of the University. The Department of IT currently has 18 full-time academic staff, two administrative staff members and two full-time technical staff, as well as up to 20 part-time teaching and research assistants. The Department is now housed in a purpose built state of the art building completed in January 2001. ¿ 11.5m was spent on this dedicated 4100 m 2 building on the banks of the River Corrib. This provides state-of-the-art facilities for IT teaching and research. About 35% of the physical space of the building is dedicated to advanced research.

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  • Modelling of fretting in the pressure armour layer of flexible marine risers 

    O'Halloran, S.M.; Connaire, A.D.; Harte, Annette M.; Leen, Sean B. (Elsevier, 2016-03-04)
    This paper presents a computational methodology for frictional contact mechanics of the pressure armour layer in flexible risers. This will allow, for the first time, quantification of key fretting variables, such as contact ...
  • Linear irregular wave generation in a numerical wave tank 

    Finnegan, William; Goggins, Jamie (Elsevier, 2015-07-09)
    In the design of any floating or fixed marine structure, it is vital to test models in order to understand the fluid/structure interaction involved. A relatively inexpensive method, compared to physical model testing, of ...
  • The Internet of Things: why now, and what's next? 

    Corcoran, Peter (IEEE, 2016-01)
    The technology to connect "things" to the Internet has existed for more than 20 years, so if we take a look back at recent history, we might well be tempted to ask the question "Why now" In this article, I address that ...
  • Biometric technology and smartphones: a consideration of the practicalities of a broad adoption of biometrics and the likely impacts 

    Corcoran, Peter; Costache, Claudia (IEEE, 2016-04)
    The Widespread Global Adoption of Smartphones across all demographics and the rapid commoditization of the technology to the point at which an entry-level device can be sold profitably for less than US$100 suggest that we ...
  • Champions in our midst: the Apple doesn't fall far from the tree 

    Corcoran, Peter; Coughlin, Tom; Wozniak, Steve (IEEE, 2016-01)
    In this issue, we are very proud to introduce you to one of the best-known early pioneers of the computer industry. His work on the early Apple computers catalyzed today's home computer industry, and he participated directly ...
  • Beyond stream processing??? A distributed vision architecture for the Internet of Things 

    Corcoran, Peter (IEEE, 2016)
    An ‘edge-based’ image processing architecture for the internet of things (IoT) is devised, drawing on the existing image processing pipelines that are implemented in today’s imaging modules in digital cameras and ...
  • A crash course on patents for engineers 

    Corcoran, Peter (2013)
    Most engineers are aware of the existence of patents. Indeed the preparation of patent disclosures is an important aspect of most research engineering job functions. Yet for many engineers the world of patents remains ...
  • Long-term inter-annual variability of a cyclonic gyre in the western Irish Sea 

    Olbert, Agnieszka Indiana; Hartnett, Michael; Dabrowski, Tomasz (Elsevier ScienceDirect, 2011-05-26)
    The western Irish Sea gyre (WISG) is a cyclonic baroclinic flow around a dome of stagnant water which develops each year during the heating season in the western Irish Sea. Research was carried out to determine long-term ...
  • Tide-surge interactions and their effects on total sea levels 

    Olbert, Agnieszka Indiana; Nash, Stephen; Cunnane, Conleth; Hartnett, Michael (Springer Verlag, 2013-05-08)
    The research presented in this paper involves the application of the joint probability method to the estimation of extreme water levels resulting from astronomical tides and surge residuals and the investigation of the ...
  • Influence of seasonal circulation on flushing of the Irish Sea 

    Dabrowski, Tomasz; Hartnett, Michael T.; Olbert, Agnieszka Indiana (Elsevier ScienceDirect, 2009-12-16)
    We applied a three-dimensional general ocean and coastal circulation model to the Irish Sea in order to determine water renewal time scales in the region. The model was forced with meteorological data for 1995, a year with ...
  • Assessment of Tc-99 monitoring within the western Irish Sea using a numerical model 

    Olbert, Agnieszka Indiana; Hartnett, Michael; Dabrowski, Tomasz (Elsevier ScienceDirect, 2010-05-26)
    Water circulation patterns and associated material transport within a highly dynamic system such as the Irish Sea are complex phenomena. Although Tc-99 monitoring programme undertaken by the Radiological Protection Institute ...
  • Effects of complex hydrodynamic processes on the horizontal and vertical distribution of Tc-99 in the Irish Sea 

    Olbert, Agnieszka Indiana; Hartnett, Michael; Dabrowski, Tomasz (Elsevier ScienceDirect, 2010-10-14)
    The increased discharge of Tc-99 from the Sellafield plant following the commissioning of the Enhance Actinide Removal Plant in 1994 was reflected in higher Tc-99 activity concentrations over much of the Irish Sea The ...
  • Storms and surges in Irish coastal waters 

    Olbert, Agnieszka Indiana; Hartnett, Michael (Elsevier ScienceDirect, 2010-04-29)
    Mechanisms of storm surge formation and severity on the north European continental shelf and, in particular, in the Irish coastal waters are examined in this paper. A numerical surge model was developed and used in combination ...
  • Determination of flushing characteristics of the Irish Sea: A spatial approach 

    Dabrowski, Tomasz; Hartnett, Michael T.; Olbert, Agnieszka Indiana (Elsevier ScienceDirect, 2011-12-08)
    The Authors devised a novel generic approach to assessing the flushing of the Irish Sea through the determination of spatially distributed residence times and the development of flushing homogeneity curves. Results indicate ...
  • Mechanisms of flooding in Cork City 

    Olbert, Agnieszka Indiana; Comer, Joanne; Nash, Stephen; Hartnett, Michael (International Association of Hydrological Sciences, 2015-11-17)
    Flooding is one of the most frequent and devastating natural disasters. Many urban developments are located in estuaries where river flow and sea water merge. Cork City situated in the River Lee estuary frequently subject ...
  • Parameterization of turbulence models using 3DVAR data 

    Olbert, Agnieszka Indiana; Nash, Stephen; Hartnett, Michael (City University of New York, 2014-01-08)
    In this research the 3DVAR data assimilation scheme is implemented in the numerical model DIVAST in order to optimize the performance of the numerical model by selecting an appropriate turbulence scheme and tuning its ...
  • Turbulence modelling using 3DVAR data assimilation in laboratory conditions 

    Olbert, Agnieszka Indiana; Nash, Stephen; Hartnett, Michael (2013)
    The viability of turbulence parameter estimation in a numerical model using 3DVAR data assimilation technique is explored in this research. Water currents measured in a physical model are assimilated into the numerical ...
  • Cyclonic circulation in the western Irish Sea in future climate 

    Olbert, Agnieszka Indiana; Hartnett, Michael; Dabrowski, Tomasz (International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, 2011-07-01)
    The Irish Sea (IS) is a semi-enclosed body of water on the European Continental Shelf and the Western Irish Sea Gyre (WISG) is a characteristic phenomenon of the Sea. The gyre due to its significant effects on the circulation, ...
  • Performance and surface clogging in intermittently loaded and slow sand filters containing novel media 

    Grace, Maeve A.; Healy, Mark G.; Clifford, Eoghan (Elsevier ScienceDirect, 2016-05-20)
    Slow sand filers are commonly used in water purification processes. However, with the emergence of new contaminants and concern over removing precursors to disinfection by-products, as well as traditional contaminants, ...
  • Bioaccumulation of metals in ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) following the application of lime stabilised, thermally dried and anaerobically digested sewage sludge. 

    Healy, Mark G.; Ryan, Paraic C.; Fenton, Owen; Peyton, Dara P.; Morrison, Liam (Elsevier ScienceDirect, 2016-05-09)
    The uptake and accumulation of metals in plants is a potential pathway for the transfer of environmental contaminants in the food chain, and poses potential health and environmental risks. In light of increased population ...

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