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Research fellowships available in Dublin

Two post-doctoral positions in smart cities now available at Trinity College Dublin.

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Chief scientific advisor for Ireland

I’m a little perplexed by the direction of the current discussion over Ireland’s chief scientific advisor.

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Response to Science Foundation Ireland’s consultation on its strategic plan

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) recently launched its strategic plan for the coming years. This is my contribution to the consultation process.

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Why do people go to university?

Changes to admissions systems in the UK and Ireland simply tinker with the existing approach. They don’t address the more fundamental changes in the relationship between university education, economic and social life.

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Book: Tumbledown — the old houses of Co Sligo

The west of Ireland is full of old, decrepit buildings that seem to have been left behind by the Celtic Tiger years — and just crying out to be photographed.

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The (new) idea of a (21st century) university

What should the university of the 21st century look like? What are we preparing our students for, and how? And how should we decide what is the appropriate vision for modern universities?

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Modern postcodes

Ireland doesn’t have a postcode system — a state of affairs that causes endless problems with badly-designed web sites that expect them, as well as with courier deliveries. But of course in the internet age there’s no reason to wait for the State to act…

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Call for panels in integrated network management

We’re looking for expert panels to be run at the IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management in Dublin in May 2011.

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Are the grey philistines really in charge?

Recently there’s been an exchange in the Irish media about the decline of intellectuals in universities and calling into question whether universities are still fit for purpose given their funding and management structures. The fundamental question seems to me to be far deeper, and impacts on the UK and elsewhere as much as Ireland: what isĀ  — or should be — the relationship between academics and their funding sources? To what extent does the person paying the academic piper call the research tune?

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Sensing financial problems

Just as we can think of large-scale, detailed financial modeling as an exercise in simulation and linked data, we can perhaps also see the detection of hazards as an exercise in sensor fusion and pervasive computing, turning a multitude of sensor data into derived values for risk and/or situations requiring attention. There’s a wealth of research in these areas that might be applicable.

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