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Prof Barry McMullin

RINCE

Name: Prof Barry McMullin
Department: RINCE
Phone Number: Ext. 5432
Email Address: barry.mcmullin@dcu.ie
Room: L116

Biographical Details

Prof. Barry McMullin graduated with a BE (Electrical Engineering) degree from University College Dublin, in 1980, and was then sponsored by the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) of Ireland to carry out postgraduate research into distribution system protection from 1980-82. He worked as a design engineer with the ESB, from 1982-83, on telemetry and control systems. He was employed by Hyster Automated Handling Limited, Dublin, in the period 1983-87, as design manager with overall responsibility for the development of real time software for large systems of industrial robotic vehicles. He became a Lecturer in the School of Electronic Engineering in Dublin City University in 1987. He served as Chairperson of the Programme Board for the BEng (Electronic Engineering) degree, and member of the University Academic Council, 1989-1993.

He received his PhD from the National University of Ireland in May 1993, for his thesis entitled Artificial Knowledge: An Evolutionary Approach , which deals with evolutionary methods of developing complex artificial systems.

Prof. McMullin's primary research activity is in the domain of Artificial Life. He serves on the organising committees of both the European and US conferences on Artificial Life, and as a member of the Editorial board of the Artificial Life journal. He has a secondary research interest in the area of Web Accessibility, engineering web sites and services to best meet the requirements of all users, specifically including those with disabilities. He has been an invited speaker and participant in conferences and workshops relating to his research, in Ireland, the USA, Brazil, Switzerland, France, Spain and Portugal.

In February 1999 Prof. McMullin was appointed as the first DCU Dean of Teaching and Learning., and completed a five year term in January 2004. In this role he was responsible for the development of a wide series of initiatives to significantly enhance the quality of the student learning experience at DCU, including DCU's adoption of the open-source Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle.

Prof. McMullin participated in the Colloquium on University Teaching and Learning held at Kilmainham, 1st-2nd December, 1998, and the subsequent initiative to establish the All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE) as a professional organisation to foster teaching and learning in Irish Higher Education. He served as President of AISHE from March 2000 to August 2004. He continues as a member of the editorial board of the All Ireland Journal of Higher Education (AISHE-J).

Prof. McMullin was appointed to the rank of Associate professor at DCU in September 2010; and served as Director of the DCU Rince Institute (a national research institute, based at DCU, specialising in Engineering technology innovation) from February 2010 to January 2013. In February 2013 Prof. McMullin was appointed as Executive Dean of the DCU Faculty of Engineering and Computing.

Research Interests

Artificial Life, Origin of Life, Autopoiesis, Evolvability, Complexity, Self-reproducting Machines, Cellular Automata, SWARM, Internet Accessibility, Web Accessibility, Design for All, Universal Design, Disability, electronic publishing, web publishing, web services, virtual communities, teaching and learning, elearning, online learning, distance learning, philosophy of science, karl popper, john von neumann, robert rosen,Societal Resilience,Sustainable Energy Systems

Associations

  • - Engineers Ireland
  • - Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • - All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE)

Publications

Journals

Books

  • Barry McMullin. The Internet in Ireland: An Absolute Beginner's Guide, Best Selling Books, 2000.

Chapters

  • Wolfgang Banzhaf, Barry McMullin. 2012. Artificial Life. , pp1805-1834, Springer.
  • Barry McMullin , James Decraene. 2011. Evolution of self-maintaining cellular information processing networks . Advances in Artificial Life, ECAL 2011, pp530-531, MIT Press.
  • Munro, Morag and McMullin, Barry. 2009. E-Learning for All? Maximizing the Impact of Multimedia Resources for Learners with Disabilities . Applied E-Learning and E-Teaching in Higher Education, pp152-176, IGI Global.
  • Decraene, J., Mitchell, G.G., McMullin, B.. 2007. Evolving artificial cell signaling networks: perspectives and methods. Advances in Biologically Inspired Information Systems. Studies in Computational Intelligence, pp164-184, Springer.
  • James Decraene , George G. Mitchell , Barry McMullin. 2007. Evolving artificial cell signaling networks: perspectives and methods. Advances in Biologically Inspired Information Systems, pp165-184, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg.


Conferences

  • Declan Baugh and Barry McMullin, The Emergence of Pathological Constructors when Implementing the Von Neumann Architecture for Self Reproduction, within the Platform of Tierra, Frontiers of Natural Computing Workshop, 10-SEP-12 - 12-SEP-12, University of York, UK
  • Barry McMullin, Architectures for Self-reproduction: Resuming von Neumann's Research Program in Natural Computing, Frontiers of Natural Computing Workshop, 10-SEP-12 - 12-SEP-12, University of York, UK
  • Tomonori Hasegawa and Bary McMullin, Self-referential Organisation within the Avida World, Frontiers of Natural Computing Workshop, 10-SEP-12 - 12-SEP-12, University of York, UK
  • Declan Baugh and Barry McMullin, The Emergence Of Pathological Constructors when Implementing The Von Neumann Architecture For Self-Reproduction In Tierra, In: Thomas Gilbert and Gregoire Nicolis ed.European Conference on Complex Systems, 2012, 02-SEP-12 - 07-SEP-12, ULB, Brussels, Belgium
  • Tomonori Hasegawa and Barry McMullin, Revisiting Von Neumann?s Architecture Of Machine Self-Reproduction Using The Avida World, In: Thomas Gilbert and Gregoire Nicolis ed.European Conference on Complex Systems, 2012, 02-SEP-12 - 07-SEP-12, ULB, Brussels, Belgium
  • Barry McMullin, Declan Baugh and Tomonori Hasegawa, Von Neumann Reproduction: Preliminary Implementation Experience In Coreworlds, In: Thomas Gilbert and Gregoire Nicolis ed.European Conference on Complex Systems, 2012, 02-SEP-12 - 07-SEP-12, ULB, Brussels, Belgium
  • Barry McMullin, Societal Resilience: Rethinking Undergraduate Higher Education for a Finite World, AISHE-C 2012: Responding to Change: Effective Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 30-AUG-12 - 31-AUG-12, DCU, Dublin, Ireland
  • Tomonori Hasegawa and Barry McMullin, Degeneration of a von Neumann Self-reproducer into a Self-copier within the Avida World, In: T. Ziemke, C. Balkenius, and J. Hallam ed.From Animals to Animats 12, 12th International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior, SAB 2012, 27-AUG-12 - 30-AUG-12, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
  • Declan Baugh and Barry McMullin, The Emergence of Pathological Constructors when Implementing the von Neumann Architecture for Self-reproduction in Tierra, In: T. Ziemke, C. Balkenius, and J. Hallam ed.From Animals to Animats 12, 12th International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior, SAB 2012, 27-AUG-12 - 30-AUG-12, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
  • Barry McMullin, Architectures for Self-reproduction: Abstractions, Realisations and a Research Program, In: Cristoph Adami, David M Bryson, Charles Ofira and Robert T. Pennock ed.Thirteenth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems ALIFE XIII, 19-JUL-12 - 22-JUL-12, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, US
  • Barry McMullin, Architectures for Self-reproduction: Abstractions, Realisations and a Research Program, Origins of Information Processing: Evolution at Multiple Levels, 15-MAY-12 - 15-MAY-12, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Barry McMullin, Tomonori Hasegawa, Von Neumann Redux: Revisiting the Self-referential Logic of Machine Reproduction using the Avida World, European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research, EMCSR 2012, 10-APR-12 - 13-APR-12, Vienna, Austria
  • McMullin B., Decraene J., Evolution of Self-Maintaining Cellular Information Processing Networks}, In: Tom Lenaerts, Mario Giacobini, Hugues Bersini, Paul Bourgine, Marco Dorigo and Rene Doursat ed.ECAL 2011, 20th anniversary edition. Back to the origins of ALife, 08-AUG-11 - 12-DEC-11, Paris, France
  • Decraene, J., Mitchell, G.G., McMullin, B , Crosstalk and the Cooperation of Collectively Autocatalytic Networks , Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC 2009) , 18-MAY-09 - 21-MAY-09, Trondheim, Norway
  • Decraene, J., Mitchell, G.G., McMullin, B , Modeling and evolving biochemical networks: insights into communication and computation from the biological domain , China-Ireland International Conference on Information and Communications Technologies, (CIICT 2008) , 26-SEP-08 - 28-SEP-08, Bejing, China
  • Mitchell, G.G., Lenser, T., Decraene, J., McMullin, B , Predicting Unknown Elements of Cell Signalling Networks using an Evolutionary Approach , European Conference on Complex Systems, Jerusalem, (ECCS 2008) , 10-SEP-08 - 19-SEP-08, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Decraene, J., Mitchell, G.G., McMullin, B, Exploring evolutionary stability with a multi-level concurrent artificial chemistry , European Conference on Complex Systems, Jerusalem, (ECCS 2008) , 10-SEP-08 - 19-SEP-08, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Kelly, C., McMullin, B., and O?Brien, D. , Enrichment of interaction rules in a string-based artificial chemistry , In: Bullock, S., J. Noble, R. Watson, and M. A. Bedau ed.International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems 2008 (ALIFE XI), 05-AUG-08 - 08-AUG-08, Winchester, UK
  • Decraene, J., Mitchell, G.G., McMullin, B. , Unexpected Evolutionary Dynamics in a String Based Artificial Chemistry , In: Bullock, S., J. Noble, R. Watson, and M. A. Bedau ed.International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems 2008 (ALIFE XI) , 05-AUG-08 - 08-AUG-08, Winchester, UK
  • Mitchell, G.G., Decraene, J., McMullin, B., Accommodating the Complexity of Parameter Setting in Multi-level Evolutionary Systems , European Conference on Complex Systems (ECCS 2007) , 01-OCT-07 - 05-OCT-07, Dresden, Germany
  • Decraene, J., Mitchell, G.G., McMullin, B., Studying Complex Adaptive Systems using Molecular Classifier Systems , European Conference on Complex Systems (ECCS 2007), 01-OCT-07 - 05-OCT-07, Dresden, Germany
  • Barry McMullin, Ciaran Kelly and Darragh O'Brien, Multi-Level Selectional Stalemate in a Simple Artificial Chemistry, Ninth European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2007), 10-SEP-07 - 14-SEP-07, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Decraene, James and Mitchell, George G. and McMullin, Barry, A molecular approach to complex adaptive systems, CS2007 - IEEE SMC UK and RI 6th Conference on Cybernetic Systems, 06-SEP-07 - 07-SEP-07, Dublin, Ireland
  • Decraene, James and Mitchell, George G. and McMullin, Barry and Kelly, Ciaran, The Holland broadcast language and the modeling of biochemical networks, In: Marc Ebner, Michael O'Neill, Aniko Ekart, Leonardo Vanneschi, Anna Esparcia-Alcazar ed.EuroGP 2007: the 10th European Conference of Genetic Programming, 11-APR-07 - 13-APR-07, Valencia, Spain
  • Decraene, James and Mitchell, George G. and McMullin, Barry, Evolving artificial cell signaling networks using molecular classifier systems, BIONETICS '06: The 1st international conference on Bio inspired models of network, information and computing systems, 11-DEC-06 - 13-DEC-06, Cavalese, Italy
  • Decraene, James and Dittrich, Peter and Hinze, Thomas and Lenser, Thorsten and McMullin, Barry and Mitchell, George G., A multidisciplinary survey of modeling techniques for biochemical networks, IPG 2006: Integrative Post-Genomics conference 2006, 29-NOV-06 - 01-DEC-06, Lyon, France
  • Esmond Walshe, Barry McMullin, Browsing Web Based Documents Through an Alternative Tree Interface: The WebTree Browser, In: Klaus Miesenberger, Joachim Klaus, Wolfgang L. Zagler, Arthur I. Karshmer ed.ICCHP 2006 11th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, 09-JUL-06 - 11-JUL-06, University of Linz, Austria
  • Esmond Walshe and Barry McMullin , Accessing Web Based Documents Through a Tree Structural Interface , In: Klaus, J.; Miesenberger, K.; Burger, D.; Zagler, W. ed.ICCHP 2004: 9th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, 07-JUL-04 - 09-JUL-04, Universit?? Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
  • Barry McMullin and Morag Munro, Moodle at DCU, EdTech 2004, 03-JUN-04 - 04-JUN-04, Tralee, Ireland
  • Dominique Gross and Barry McMullin, The Creation of Novelty in Artificial Chemistries, In: Russell K. Standish, Mark A. Bedau and Hussein A. Abbass ed.Artificial Life VIII: the Eighth International Conference on Artificial Life, 09-DEC-02 - 13-DEC-02, Sydney, Australia
  • Dominique Gro?, Barry McMullin, Towards the Implementation of Evolving Autopoietic Artificial Agents, In: Jozef Kelemen, Petr Sosik ed.6th European Conference on Artificial Life, ECAL 2001, 10-SEP-01 - 14-SEP-01, Prague, Czech Republic,
  • Barry McMullin, Tim Taylor, Axel von Kamp, Who Needs Genomes?, Atlantic Symposium on Computational Biology, Genome Information Systems & Technology, 15-MAR-01 - 17-MAR-01, Regal University Center, Durham, N.C., USA.
  • Barry McMullin, The Von Neumann Self-reproducing Architecture, Genetic Relativism and Evolvability., ALife7 Evolvability Workshop, 01-AUG-00 - 02-AUG-00, Reed College, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Barry McMullin, John von Neumann and the Evolutionary Growth of Complexity: Looking Backwards, Looking Forwards..., In: Mark A. Bedau, John S. McCaskill, Norman H. Packard and Steen Rasmussen ed.Artificial Life VII: The Seventh International Conference on the Synthesis of Living Systems, 01-AUG-00 - 06-AUG-00, Reed College, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Barry McMullin, *, Artificial Life VII: The Seventh International Conference on the Synthesis of Living Systems, 01-AUG-00 - 06-AUG-00, Reed College, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Barry McMullin, Modelling Autopoiesis: Harder Than It May Seem!, Biology, Cognition, Language & Society: An International Symposium on Autopoiesis, 18-NOV-97 - 21-NOV-97, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Barry McMullin, Francisco Varela, Rediscovering Computational Autopoiesis, In: Phil Husbands and Inman Harvey ed.FOURTH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON ARTIFICIAL LIFE ECAL97, 28-JUL-97 - 31-JUL-97, Brighton, UK