I have been a Professor of Computing at Dublin City University for nearly 20 years, and before that Head of School and Dean of Faculty. I now direct the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at DCU, overseeing the work of a team of 85 PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and operations staff.
I have published almost 600 papers over a 35 year research career and these have attracted more than 12,880 citations giving me an h-index of 56. I have almost 200 publication co-authors and have published in areas as diverse as information retrieval, databases, environmental monitoring, sports science, ethics and privacy, digital humanities, ambient assisted living and natural language processing.
in 2001, I founded TRECVid, an international benchmarking initiative run by by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md, and coordinated with support from NIST. Since 2001 TRECVid has attracted participation from 1,965 individual researchers drawn from 270 individual organisations. TRECVid set out to lead the research agenda and hence the subsequent developments and services, in the field of content-based analysis and use, of digital video. It has operated in domains as diverse as video from CCTV, broadcast TV news, movies, consumer video, rushes video, and others, and in several languages including video in English, Chinese, and Arabic.
My contribution to IEEE has mostly been through conference organisation and participation in program committees for scientific events. Elevation to Fellow status for me means greater recognition and a heightened profile for my research which, in turn, will help to attract further support and allow the outputs of my work to be put to more widespread use.