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Prof Barry McMullin


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, andwas then sponsored by the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) ofIreland to carry out postgraduate research into distributionsystem protection from 1980-82. He worked as a design engineerwith the ESB, from 1982-83, on telemetry and control systems. Hewas employed by Hyster Automated Handling Limited, Dublin, inthe period 1983-87, as design manager with overallresponsibility for the development of real time software forlarge systems of industrial robotic vehicles. He became aLecturer in the School ofElectronic Engineering in Dublin City University in 1987. Heserved as Chairperson of the Programme Board for the BEng(Electronic Engineering) degree, and member of the UniversityAcademic Council, 1989-1993.

He received his PhD from the NationalUniversity of Ireland in May 1993, for his thesis entitledArtificialKnowledge: An Evolutionary Approach , which deals withevolutionary methods of developing complex artificial systems.

Prof. McMullin's primary research activity is in thedomain of ArtificialLife. He serves on the organising committees of both theEuropean and US conferences on Artificial Life, and as a memberof the Editorial board of the Artificial Life journal. He has asecondary research interest in the area of Web Accessibility, engineering websites and services to best meet the requirements of all users,specifically including those with disabilities. He has been aninvited speaker and participant in conferences and workshopsrelating to his research, in Ireland, the USA, Brazil,Switzerland, France, Spain and Portugal.

In February 1999 Prof. McMullin was appointed as thefirst DCU Dean ofTeaching and Learning., and completed a five year term inJanuary 2004. In this role he was responsible for the developmentof a wide series of initiatives to significantly enhance thequality of the student learning experience at DCU, includingDCU's adoption of the open-source Virtual LearningEnvironment, Moodle.

Prof. McMullin participated in the Colloquium onUniversity Teaching and Learning held at Kilmainham, 1st-2ndDecember, 1998, and the subsequent initiative to establish the All Ireland Society for HigherEducation (AISHE) as a professional organisation to fosterteaching and learning in Irish Higher Education. He served asPresident of AISHE from March 2000 to August 2004. He continuesas a member of the editorial board of the All Ireland Journal of HigherEducation (AISHE-J).

Prof. McMullin was appointed to the rank of Associateprofessor at DCU in September 2010; and served as Director of theDCU Rince Institute (a national researchinstitute, based at DCU, specialising in Engineering technologyinnovation) from February 2010 to January 2013. In February 2013Prof. McMullin was appointed as Executive Dean of the DCU Facultyof Engineering and Computing.

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