Biography

Prof. John Breslin

John Breslin is a Personal Professor in Electronic Engineering at the College of Science and Engineering at the National University of Ireland Galway, where he is Director of the TechInnovate / AgInnovate programmes. John has taught electronic engineering, computer science, innovation and entrepreneurship topics over the past 20 years. Associated with three SFI Research Centres, he is a Co-Principal Investigator at Insight (Data Analytics) and Confirm (Smart Manufacturing), a Funded Investigator at VistaMilk (AgTech), and a Principal Investigator on the Horizon 2020 CSA OntoCommons. With a h-index of 48, 9150 citations, and various best paper awards, he has jointly written over 275 peer-reviewed academic publications, including books on The Social Semantic Web and Social Semantic Web Mining. John co-authored the Irish bestsellers Old Ireland in Colour (Wikipedia article) and Old Ireland in Colour 2. He co-created the SIOC framework (Wikipedia article), implemented in hundreds of applications (by Yahoo, Boeing, Vodafone, etc.) on at least 65,000 websites with 35 million data instances.

He has featured in 275 mainstream media items including articles from CNN, Forbes, New Scientist, Washington Post, and France 24, and has given over 60 talks and been on 25 panels at venues including Stanford, Tsinghua University, US Library of Congress, and University of Chile. John is Co-Founder of boards.ie (Ireland's largest discussion forum website; Wikipedia article), adverts.ie (classified ads website), and StreamGlider (real-time streaming newsreader app). He has won two IIA Net Visionary Awards, an ITAG Outstanding Contribution to the ICT Sector Award, a Galway Chamber President's Award, and a Best Irish-Published Book Award. He is an Advisor to AYLIEN and Rep.ly. He is Co-Founder of the Galway City Innovation District / PorterShed, and serves on the Steering Group of Scale Ireland. John is a Former Director and Past Chair of WestBIC, and a Director Emeritus of the American Council of Exercise. He undertook the Entrepreneurship Development Program with Bill Aulet at MIT in 2017. He also runs the Breslin Archive. From the Burren, he lives in Connemara, and holidays in Carcassonne.

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