Education

Book launch for "The Social Semantic Web"

We had the official book launch of "The Social Semantic Web" last month in the President’s Drawing Room at NUI Galway. The book was officially launched by Dr. James J. Browne, President of NUI Galway. The book was authored by myself, Dr. Alexandre Passant and Prof. Stefan Decker from the Digital Enterprise Research Institute at NUI Galway (sponsored by SFI). Here is a short blurb:

Another successful defense by Uldis Bojars in November

Uldis Bojars submitted his PhD thesis entitled "The SIOC MEthodology for Lightweight Ontology Development" to the University in September 2009. We had a nice night out to celebrate in one of our favourite haunts, Oscars Bistro.

Haklae Kim and his successful defense in September

This is a few months late but better late then never! We said goodbye to PhD researcher Haklae Kim in May of this year when he returned to Korea and took up a position with Samsung Electronics soon afterward. We had a nice going away lunch for Haklae with the rest of the team from the Social Software Unit (picture below).

BlogTalk 2009 (6th International Social Software Conference) - Call for Proposals - September 1st and 2nd - Jeju, Korea

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BlogTalk 2009
The 6th International Conf. on Social Software
September 1st and 2nd, 2009
Jeju Island, Korea

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New BE/MEngSc in Engineering Innovation - Electronic from NUI Galway

NUI Galway's College of Engineering & Informatics is now offering a new course titled "Engineering Innovation - Electronic". This course will provide graduates with specialised multi-disciplinary skills to start their own business, centered on the development of innovative, niche, market-led, electronic products.

Explaining science and engineering to future students and the public

I read two articles today that explained the need to better illustrate the interesting and exciting aspects of science and engineering subjects to the public (and to also attract future students).

CELT talk / WWW@15 on Morning Ireland / Ulrich Schnauss

A mixed-up blog post, but I haven't the energy to write three separate posts, so here's a three-in-one:

Been a busy B...

...for the past few months, hence the lack of regular blog entries. Most of my summer has been taken up with proposal writing for research funding here at DERI, the first of which finished up around the end of the June and the second ran from then until the end of August, so unfortunately I haven't had time for much else...

ShareIT training day in UCC

Damien tells us about a training day he is organising in UCC this Saturday (March 24th):

The training will cover the basics for an IT company or IT person that's just setting out in business. [...] If you are interested in coming along, please do come along or if you think someone you know in the Cork/Munster area would benefit from the training, send the details on to them. All training is provided free. After Cork it is hoped there'll be on[e] in Dublin around April 28th.