Plenary Speakers

We are pleased to announce the first of our plenary speakers. More will follow shortly.

Dr Kevin Curran (University of Ulster)

Dr Kevin Curran

Kevin Curran BSc (Hons), PhD, SMIEEE, FBCS CITP, SMACM, FHEA is a Reader in Computer Science at the University of Ulster.

His achievements include winning and managing UK & European Framework projects and Technology Transfer Schemes. He is a regular contributor to BBC radio & TV news in the UK and is currently the recipient of an Engineering and Technology Board Visiting Lectureship for Exceptional Engineers and is an IEEE Technical Expert for Internet/Security matters. Dr Curran has made significant contributions to advancing the knowledge and understanding of computer networking and systems, evidenced by over 700 published works. He is the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Ambient Computing and Intelligence (IJACI). Dr Curran is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the British Computer Society and is listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering.

Determining the location of people with or without devices inside buildings

There is a substantial amount of work in determining the location or activity of an individual over time inside a building with wireless tracking devices. Uses of tracking individuals include providing effective carer assistance without the overhead of regular home visits or perhaps guiding people through a museum. Another area could be in Lighting and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) as HVAC can be 60% of energy costs so knowing the general presence of people in a work environment can provide input to an intelligent control system for heating and lighting in a large building. Currently, Wi-Fi is the most suitable for in-home use as Cellular does not have a good resolution and GPS generally does not operate within buildings. This talk will cover a variety of projects undertaken at the University of Ulster into methods of tracking people indoors. Particular attention will be given to tracking performed without devices (aka Device Free Passive Localisation (DfPL).

Professor Dr J M Blackledge

Prof Dr JM Blackledge

Biography: Jonathan Blackledge is the Science Foundation Ireland Stokes Professor at Dublin Institute of Technology and Distinguished Professor at Warsaw University of Technology. He holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from London University and a PhD in Mathematical Information Technology from Jyvaskyla University, Finland. His current responsibilities include development of the research portfolio of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Dublin Institute of Technology which has the broadest spectrum for the provision of electrical and electronic engineering education and research in Ireland. His focuses on the applications of Digital Signal Processing in Information and Communications Technology, from fundamental research through to product development and commercial realization. Current interests include biomedical signal analysis, audio signal processing, computational finance and Cryptology. He is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.


Signals and Systems in Cryptography: New Algorithms and Applications. The art of developing methods for ensuring the secure exchange of information is one of the oldest occupations in human history. With the revolution in Information and Communications Technology, the need for securing information and the variety of methods that have been developed to do it has expanded rapidly. Much of the technology that forms the basis for the techniques used today was originally conceived for military communications and has since found a place in a wide range of commercial sectors.

By providing a short historical background on how ciphers have been designed and ‘broken' in the past and the protocols developed as a result, the lecture introduces an approach to constructing personal high strength encryption algorithms using chaos. The lecture explains why this approach can help in overcoming the issue of securing data on the ‘Cloud', for example, in light of the principles upon which data security systems currently operate with regard to public communications networks.

Mr Brendan Farley, Engineering Director with Xilinx.

Brendan Farley, Xilinx

Brendan Farley is a Director of Engineering at US multinational technology corporation Xilinx Inc. where he is responsible for Analog Mixed Signal Research and Development activities. He previously held various R&D management roles at former Philips Research subsidiary, S3 Group, in the area of SOC development and high performance mixed signal IP licensing. Farley directed HDMI transceiver development in the high technology start-up, Redmere Technology and was Chief Technology Officer at automation company, Cylon Controls. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronic Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and a Master of Science Degree in Technology Management from NUI Galway.

Dr. Vivienne Mee, Managing Director at Rits Computer Forensics.

Managing Director for Rits Computer Forensics

Vivienne has over 10 years' experience in the field of IT Forensics and Electronic Discovery. She is recognised throughout her career for being a leader in the delivery of IT Forensics and Electronic Discovery services, delivering world class service to a diverse group of clients from leading pharmaceuticals, large financial institutions, to government departments.

Previous to setting up Rits Computer Forensics, Vivienne worked in Deloitte's Enterprise Risk Services Department, where she worked on large electronic discovery cases both in Ireland and across Europe with the Deloitte forensic team.

Vivienne has performed a leading role in the provision of electronic discovery and computer forensic investigations engagements with in-dept knowledge of evidence processing, evidence analysis, evidence handling, chain of custody and documentation.

Vivienne was a member of the Information Security Research Group at the University of Glamorgan. Here she spent a number of years working at their Forensic Labatory, which held a centre of excellence award in the UK, lecturing IT Forensics up to Masters level, researching new forensic methodologies and publishing a large array of white papers in the academic and professional journals in the field of IT Forensics, and Information Warfare. Vivienne was involved with extensive research with the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) for over four years, where she contributed to monthly forum sessions, and published internal research documents to SOCA members and affiliated department members such as the Ministry of Defence, Defence Science & Technology Labs and UK Security Service (MI5). During this time at the University, Vivienne also completed her PhD in Computer Forensics.

Dr. David A. Dampier, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

Director, Center for Computer Security Research. Director, National Forensics Training Center. USA


Dr David Dampier

Dr. Dave Dampier is Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at Mississippi State University specializing in Digital Forensics and Information Security. He currently serves as Director of the Center for Computer Security Research (CCSR) and the National Forensics Training Center (NFTC), and is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers of Engineering. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Dampier spent 20 years active duty as an Army Automation Officer. He has a B.S. Degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas at El Paso, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School. His research interests are in Computer Security, Digital Forensics and the Application of Software Engineering to Computer Security and Digital Forensics.

Abstract: The internet of tomorrow will have more and more people relying on the Cloud for infrastructure, platform, and software. Security in the cloud is still an area rich for research possibilities. This talk will explore open research questions in cloud security as well as discuss some interesting possible uses of cloud technology to provide education, training, and technology to those unable to find it locally.

Mr Paul Hannigan, President, Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

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Mr Henry McGarvey, Chair, Governing Body, Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

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Dr. Michael Smith Ph. D., P. Eng.,
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Radiology, University of Calgary. Analog Devices University Ambassador.

Dr Mike Smith

Michael Smith obtained his B. Sc. in physics from the University of Hull, UK and his Ph. D. in solid state magnetic resonance imaging from the University of Alberta, Canada. Following a post-doctoral fellowship in Physics and Pathology at the University of Calgary, Canada, he spend a four years teaching science and mathematics in Calgary secondary schools. He developed and ran the Calgary Schools' Computer Programming Competition which drew in elementary, junior and senior high school students from across the southern part of the Province of Alberta, Canada.

He returned to academia as a professor in electrical and computer engineering in what is now the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada. His main research interests are in biomedical engineering oriented signal and image processing; particular in solving the conflicting requirement of high speed, high spatial resolution magnetic resonance imaging applied to stroke and optical neuritsis studies. In 1994 he received the Canadian National Wighton Fellowship from the Sandford Fleming Foundation for his work on Innovative teaching within Undergraduate Engineering Laboratories. He has been recognized as Analog Devices University Ambassador each year since 2001. In 2003, he became an adjunct professor with the Department of Radiology, University of Calgary, Canada. In 2012 he was recognized by his students for his course and student project work involving software engineering and customized real-time digital signal processing algorithms in the context of mobile embedded systems and bio-medical instrumentation. He has recently received the Killam Interdisciplinary Research Award for his collaborative biomedical engineering research.

Title of talk: International and Industrial Imaging Training NSERC CREATE I3T Program at the University of Calgary, Canada.

Michael Smith, Elise Fear, Richard Frayne