Dr Kevin McGuinness
Dr Kevin McGuinness

Dr Kevin McGuinness

The death has been announced of Dr Kevin McGuinness from Dublin City University’s School of Electronic Engineering.

Dr McGuinness studied Computer Applications as an undergraduate in DCU. He stayed on to complete his doctorate in the School of Electronic Engineering and was a highly successful postdoctoral researcher at DCU before he was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the School of Electronic Engineering. 

His research impact in the fields of Computer Vision, Image Processing and Deep (Machine) Learning was recognised and amplified within the Insight SFI Centre for Data Analytics. He truly embodied the collaborative and collegial values that DCU holds dear and was very active across teaching and research activities in all three Schools in the Faculty of Engineering and Computing and beyond.

Responding to the news of Dr McGuinness's passing, Professor Dáire Keogh, President of Dublin City University said:

Like everyone in the DCU community, I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr Kevin McGuinness. He was an exceptionally talented researcher, a highly regarded teacher and, most of all, a wonderful colleague who will be greatly missed by his many friends in the Faculty of Engineering and Computing and the SFI Insight Centre. On behalf of the University, I wish to express my deepest condolences to his family and friends at this sad time.

Jennifer Bruton, Executive Dean at the Faculty of Engineering and Computing, said:

Kevin was funny, kind, hugely generous, unflappable, and full of life. His loss is immeasurable and is keenly felt by his mentor, his research group, his research and teaching collaborators in DCU, Ireland and overseas, and his colleagues in his School, the Faculty, and Insight.

Professor Noel O’Connor, CEO of the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics, said:

In his all too brief career Kevin established himself as a leading authority nationally and internationally in the fields of Computer Vision, Image Processing and Machine Learning. He became widely known as a deep learning "guru" whose guidance was actively sought after by many academic collaborators and undergraduate and postgraduate students. He was unfailingly generous with his time and his expertise and many can directly attribute academic success to his help and guidance. Kevin was also a wonderful human being, full of fun and humour and a joy to be around in any situation. His passing is a huge loss to DCU, Insight and the entire academic community.

Dr Noel Murphy, Head of School in the School of Electronic Engineering in DCU, said:

The staff in the School of Electronic Engineering are deeply shocked at the sudden and untimely passing of a very dear friend and esteemed colleague. In seven short years as an academic member of staff in the School, Kevin’s support of both colleagues and students was always given in abundance and with good grace and good humour. His teaching was at a very high level, both deeply insightful and accessible, and his research output was simply phenomenal. However it is the warm, engaging and sometimes shy person who we will miss most. The School of Electronic Engineering was immeasurably greater for him having worked amongst us.

Details of Dr McGuinness's funeral arrangements are available here.