Susan Leavy

Dr. Susan Leavy is an Assistant Professor with the School of Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin and  a funded investigator with Insight Centre for Data Analytics.  Her research areas concern artificial intelligence, ethics, natural language processing and cultural analytics. Recent work focused on mitigating bias and discrimination in natural language processing and developing ethical frameworks for AI, founded in human rights and theories of social justice. Susan earned a PhD in Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin, uncovering gender bias in news coverage with machine learning. She also holds an MPhil in Gender and Women’s Studies (TCD), an MSc in Artificial Intelligence (Edinburgh University) and a BA in English and Philosophy (UCD). She also worked internationally managing the design and development of large-scale trading platforms in the finance sector. Susan is passionate about increasing diversity in those who design and develop AI systems.

Brendan Spillane

Brendan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information and Communication Studies in University College Dublin (UCD). He completed his PhD in the ADAPT Centre in the School of Computer Science and Statistics in Trinity College Dublin under Professor Vincent Wade and the late Professor Séamus Lawless. His PhD investigated the impact of visual presentation of news on the perception of bias. After completing his PhD, he held three concurrent positions as a Postdoctoral researcher on the
H2020 Provenance project developing tools to detect disinformation, an IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow on a two-year project focused on credibility and disinformation, and as a Research Fellow on the Proactive Experiences and Agency challenge in the Digitally Enhanced Engagement Strand (PEA@DEE), in the ADAPT Centre.
Currently, he is the PI of a Horizon Europe Innovation Action project called VIGILANT. It is a 3-year, €4m project with 18 partners that will equip European Police Authorities with advanced technologies from academia to detect and analyse disinformation campaigns that lead to criminal activities.

Brendan has always had a strong interest in the factors that impact human judgement of information. Traditionally his work has focused on Bias and Credibility, but more recently it has focused on Misinformation and Disinformation. He has also done some work in Dialogue Agents and have a particular interest in them as a means of delivering news. From a disciplinary perspective, his work is at the intersection of HCI, Behavioural Science, Information Science and News and Journalism studies. Essentially, he is interested in the factors that impact human judgement of information. Due to world events and the proliferation and threat of disinformation, much of his work is now undertaken within the security domain.

Patrick Brodie

Patrick Brodie is a Lecturer/Assistant Professor and Ad Astra Fellow in the School of Information and Communication Studies. He was previously FRQSC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. Patrick’s peer reviewed research has appeared and is forthcoming in New Media and SocietyMedia, Culture and SocietyInformation, Communication and SocietyEnvironment and Planning E: Nature and SpaceCanadian Journal of Communication, and Culture Machine, among other journals and edited book collections. His public-facing writing has been published in The Irish, and Rupture: Eco-Socialist Quarterly. He is currently completing a book project on media infrastructure and logistical forms in post-financial crisis Ireland.
Research Interests
Patrick’s research programme lies at the intersections of environmental politics and digital media infrastructures. Specifically, it has focused on how spatial and environmental justice are entangled within the development and operation of data infrastructures, energy systems, and the supply chain organisation of global media economies. Much of my research has applied qualitative media studies and geographical approaches to the study of data centres in Ireland and their environmental externalities and effects on energy infrastructure.
Research Projects
Patrick is undertaking three concurrent research projects. The first analyzes the histories and presents of data and energy infrastructure across the island of Ireland through environmental and postcolonial lenses, with a particular focus on material endurances, cross-border politics, extractivism, and infrastructural governance. The second is a collaborative study with Dr. Patrick Bresnihan at Maynooth University about the “data/energy nexus” in Ireland and its relation to green politics and just transitions. The third is a collaborative, SSHRC-funded initiative focusing on rural media and infrastructural relations called Media Rurality, which he co-coordinates with Dr. Darin Barney at McGill University.
Patrick was previously FRQSC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University and a Scholar-in-Residence in the School of Irish Studies at Concordia University. He completed his PhD at Concordia University in the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, and was a Mitacs Visiting PhD Researcher in Geography at Trinity College Dublin.
Recent Publications and Outputs
Bresnihan, Patrick and Patrick Brodie. 2023. “Waste, Improvement, and Repair on Ireland’s Peat Bogs.” In Ecological Reparation: Repair, Remediation and Resurgence in Social and Environmental Conflict, edited by Dimitris Papadopoulos, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, and Maddalena Tacchetti. Bristol University Press.
Nathalie Ortar, A.R.E. Taylor, Julia Velkova, Patrick Brodie, Alix Johnson, Clément Marquet, Andrea Pollio and Liza Cirolia. 2022. “Powering ‘smart’ futures: Data Centres and the Energy Politics of Digitalisation.” In Energy Futures: Anthropocene Challenges, Emerging Technologies and Everyday Life, edited by Simone Abram, Karen Waltorp, Nathalie Ortar, and Sarah Pink. De Gruyter.
Brodie, Patrick and Paul O’Neill. 2022. “Confronting the Regionalism of Amazon Web Services.” In Amazon: At the Intersection of Culture and Capital, edited by Alexander Monea, Maillim Santiago, and Paul Smith. Rowman Littlefield.
Bresnihan, Patrick and Patrick Brodie. 2022. “Data Sinks, Carbon Services: Waste, Storage, and Energy Cultures on Ireland’s Peat Bogs.” New Media and Society.
Brodie, Patrick. 2021. “Hosting Cultures: Placing the Global Data Center ‘Industry.'” Canadian Journal of Communication, vol. 46, no. 2: 151-176.
Brodie, Patrick and Julia Velkova. 2021. “Cloud Ruins: Ericsson’s Vaudreuil-Dorion Data Centre and Infrastructural Abandonment.” Information, Communication and Society, vol. 24, no. 6: 869-885.
Bresnihan, Patrick and Patrick Brodie. 2021. “New Extractive Frontiers in Ireland and the Moebius Strip of Wind/Data.” Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, vol. 4, no. 4: 1645-1664.
Bresnihan, Patrick and Patrick Brodie. 2021. “Contested States: Emerging Rural Geographies of Data and Energy in Ireland.” In States of Entanglement: Data in the Irish Landscape, edited by Annex. Actar Publishers.
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Maria O’Brien

Maria O’Brien’s research focuses on multiple aspects of cultural and creative industry policies. Her doctoral research on the political economy of tax incentives for the audiovisual industries was completed in Dublin City University, School of Communications, in 2020. Maria’s research has been focused on the field of political economy of the audiovisual industries in Ireland and the EU.

Maria has extensive experience in lecturing at 3rd level on various aspects of film studies, media industries and media policy. She currently works as a lecturer in Queen’s University Belfast. She has 8+ years of experience as a lawyer in Ireland and the UK and 6+ years of experience as a festivals administrator as co-founder and organiser of the Arts Council funded East Asia Film Festival Ireland. She has worked regularly in policy advisory work for the arts and cultural sector.

Arjumand Younus

Dr Arjumand Younus is an Assistant Professor (Computational Social Science) at UCD School of Sociology. Formerly, she was a Research Scientist in Afiniti AI, and a part-time lecturer in Technological University Dublin. Before this appointment, Arjumand has contributed to SFI funded projects during her different post-doctoral positions at CONSUS-UCD and INSIGHT-UCD. She is
also serving in the capacity of co-director for Women in Research Ireland which is a volunteer-run registered charity working for better representation of women and under-represented groups in academia.

Arjumand received a joint PhD in Computer Science from National University of Ireland Galway (Ireland) and University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy), MS degree in Computer Science from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea), and BS in Computer Science from the University of Karachi (Pakistan). She is the recipient of Google Women Techmakers scholarship for Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Her research focuses on Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Data Science for Social Good. Arjumand is passionate about the value of artificial intelligence technology to make society better, and at the moment is involved as an academic partner in various AI for Social Good projects.

James Steinhoff

James is an Assistant Professor and Ad Astra Fellow at the UCD School of Information and Communication Studies. His research focuses on the political economy of algorithmic and data-intensive technologies, and draws also on resources from media studies, science and technology studies and labour studies. His recent work has concerned labour/capital relations in the AI industry. He is author of Automation and Autonomy: Labour, Capital and Machines in the Artificial Intelligence Industry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), co-author of Inhuman Power: Artificial Intelligence the Future of Capitalism (Pluto, 2019) and has published papers in journals including New Media & Society.
Research Interests
James is interested in data-intensive capitalism and how it exhibits both continuities and changes with previous economic systems. He is interested in both perennial concerns, such as automation, and novel situations, such as the generation of synthetic data in virtual environments. His work combines qualitative methods with systematic theoretical engagement.
James has previously held research positions at University of Toronto and University of Washington. He holds a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Western Ontario.
Recent Publications

Steinhoff, J. Towards a Political Economy of Synthetic Data: A Data-intensive Capitalism that is not a Surveillance Capitalism? (2022). New Media & Society.

Steinhoff, J. Automation and Autonomy: Labour, Capital and Machines in the Artificial Intelligence Industry. (2021). New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Dyer-Witheford, N., Kjøsen, AM. and Steinhoff, J. Inhuman Power: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Capitalism. (2019). London: Pluto Press

Steinhoff, J. The Proletarianization of Data Science. (2022). In Digital Work in the Planetary Market. Edited by Mark Graham and Fabian Ferrari. Ottawa/Cambridge: International Development Research Centre (IRDC) and MIT Press

Marguerite Barry

Assistant Professor at the School of Information & Communication Studies at UCD, Programme Director for the MSc in Communication & Media and co-founder of the Human-Computer Interaction research group HCI@UCD.
I am a funded investigator with ADAPT, the SFI Research Centre for AI Driven Digital Content Technology, conducting research into autonomy and responsibility in transparent digital governance. My research currently focuses on creative and practical approaches for supporting ethical design and development of digital technologies. Recent published work includes social expectations and public communication of ethics and AI, ethical design for technologies to support mental health and ethics and computing for secondary school curricula. My interests are in developing a deeper understanding of digital interaction for better and more human-centred communication design.

Páraic Kerrigan

Páraic Kerrigan is an Assistant Professor, author and researcher with the School of Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin. His research pertains to the dynamics of diversity in the media industry and its production cultures, specifically centred around Ireland’s LGBT community along with a focus on digital media cultures and platform governance. He has just released his first book, LGBTQ Visibility, Media and Sexuality in Ireland (Routledge 2021) and his co-authored second book Media Graduates at Work (Palgrave 2021). His current work focuses on the ways in which critical data studies intersects with gender and sexual minorities, in particular through small data such as the birth certificate and big data on social media. He is currently working on a monograph relating to the inequalities and vulnerabilities that have developed for gender and sexual minorities through new and emerging media. He has written over twelve articles and book chapters on the intersections of identity with media. He has also been a researcher on several television documentaries and radio shows relating to LGBTQ culture.

Georgiana Ifrim

Dr. Ifrim’s research focuses on developing scalable predictive models for machine learning and data mining applications. Her current research focuses on the design of efficient and interpretable learning models for sequences (e.g., DNA, time series), and on real-time prediction for streaming data (text mining for news and social media).

TJ McIntyre

Dr TJ McIntyre is an Associate Professor in the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin where his research focuses on issues involving information technology law, cybercrime, and civil liberties. He holds a BCL from University College Dublin, an LLM from University College London and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. His doctoral thesis was on the topic of internet filtering law and governance. He qualified as a barrister in the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, Dublin where he achieved the Antonia O’Callaghan Prize for Advocacy, and was later admitted as a solicitor by the Law Society of Ireland. He is also a member of the New York Bar. He practises as a consultant solicitor with FP Logue Solicitors, specialising in data protection and technology law issues. He is a specialist adjudicator for the .ie Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy. He is chairperson of the civil liberties group Digital Rights Ireland and regularly appears in the national and international media discussing issues of law and technology. Since 2010 he has been the Irish national expert on information society and data protection issues for the EU Fundamental Rights Agency research network.