Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics


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Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics
CEO - Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
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Academic biography

Noel E. O’Connor is a Professor in the School of Electronic Engineering at Dublin City University and Academic Director of the Research and Enterprise Hub on Information Technology and the Digital Society. He is a Principal Investigator (PI) in Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Ireland’s largest SFI-funded research centre. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed publications, made 11 standards submissions, filed 6 patents, spun off one company and mentored two others. He is an Area Editor for Signal Processing: Image Communication (Elsevier) and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Image and Video Processing (Springer). He was awarded the DCU President’s Research Award for Science and Engineering in 2010. Also in 2010, he was awarded Enterprise Ireland’s National Commercialisation Award for ICT. He is a member of the IEEE, Engineers Ireland and the IET.

Research interests

Prof. O’Connor’s early research was in the field of video compression, specifically object-based compression in the context of MPEG-4, which subsequently led to an interest in video object segmentation and tracking as well as other aspects of computer vision. Following the advent of MPEG-7, he became interested in audio-visual (AV) analysis for content-based information retrieval as well as low-power configurable hardware for AV processing. As his research became increasingly multi-disciplinary he developed research interests in the Internet of Things, including both instrumented environments and next generation wearable sensors. The focus of his current research is in multi-modal content analysis leveraging mutually complementary sensor data sources, for applications in sports and health, digital media, ambient assisted living and environmental monitoring.