About

Read on for a very brief history about me!

An Irish-Brummie with the lilt but not the brogue of the Irish

 

I live in Carlow, Ireland and work for the Institute of Technology, Carlow in Carlow, Ireland lecturing in Electrical, Electronics, and Communications to first, second, third and fourth-year students and supervising M.Sc. projects in Machine Learning. When not lecturing, I am also researching my PhD in hardware micro-architectural optimisation of Machine Learning algorithms in FPGA and ASIC in Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, under advisor Professor Dr David Gregg.

Being born, grew up and went to school in Birmingham, England makes me a Brummie. However, as of 2019, I am an Irish citizen too!

Education

I undertook my Honours Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Coventry University, Coventry, England

Evolve 2009
I appear on page 13 on Evolve 2009 issue

(see the Alumni Pages of Evolve). I then undertook a Masters Degree in System Design (Microelectronics) at the University of Central England (UCE), Birmingham, England, now renamed Birmingham City University. I am currently working on a PhD research degree in Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning implemented in hardware at Trinity College Dublin. You can find a list of publications on my publications page.

Career

In 1995 I did a work placement during my Master’s Degree with Lucas Electronics (Now part of TRW), in Birmingham, England. They then took me on, and I worked for them for two and a half years. In 1997 I moved to Cambridge, England to work for ARM Limited for two and a half years. In 1998 ARM Ltd floated on Nasdaq and London Stock Exchange.

After that in November 1999, I moved to Dublin, Ireland, to work for Silicon Systems Limited (SSL) (this website has now been sold). SSL then changed its name to Parthus Technologies plc in 2000 and floated on Nasdaq and London Stock Exchange. In 2002 Parthus Technologies plc merged with Ceva Inc (part of the DSP Group) to become ParthusCeva Inc. They have now changed their name to Ceva DSP.

In 2003 I started working for Trinity College Dublin as a Research Assistant researching Delay Tolerant Sensor Networks for the Interplanetary Internet. I also did a little lecturing on the MSc in Ubiquitous Computing course. With the research contract complete, I moved to Xilinx(pronounced Zylinks) in 2004, although I kept on the lecturing and supervising in Trinity on the MSc in Ubiquitous Computing course until 2009.

In 2016, you could say I pivoted and took myself out of the industry and into academia by starting my PhD and becoming a lecturing in the Institute of Technology Carlow. I’ve been doing that ever since.

Personal Life

I’m married to Michelle with two children; Toby and Zara.

We support a few friends in the music industry. Sean McGhee who has partnered with Richard Oakes of Suede fame and formed Artmagic. They’ve released two albums, “Become The One You Love” and “The Songs Of Other England” and are touring.

John Callaghan is our other good friend we support. He has recently released a new album, “John Callaghan’s Cortical Charabanc” which is available from his website. He is always gigging as a solo artist or with Eccentronic.

Michelle (my wife) and I use to go along to the gigs of Sean Needham (and Darren Bowler his bassist). Check out Sean Needham’s page. I’ve ended up mastering CD’s of Sean’s gigs (he’s two live CD’s so far). If you’d like a copy of the gigs, contact Sean at his website. Sean also released an album in 2004 (16th April to be precise) called “Loosely Based on a True Story” which is available in most good record shops and at his site.