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Assoc Professor Chris Bleakley

Assoc Professor

Chris Bleakley

Associate Professor, Head Of School
School of Computer Science
01 716 2915
University College Dublin, School of Computer Science


Dr Chris Bleakley is an Associate Professor and Head of the School of Computer Science. His research focuses on computational sensing, i.e. algorithms for processing signals from real-world sensors including image, video, speech, audio, ultrasonic, EEG, and radio signals. He is currently leading research projects on indoor positioning, convolutional neural networks for image processing, and human-computer interaction. Prior to joining UCD in November 2003, Dr Bleakley was Vice-President of Engineering with Massana Ltd., a research-lead fabless semiconductor company. Dr Bleakley managed a multi-disciplinary, multi-site team comprising up to 50 engineers to deliver Massana's Gigabit Ethernet over copper Physical Layer Integrated Circuit (IC) products. Massana was one of only a handful of companies worldwide whose products passed the University of New Hampshire's 1000BT, 100BTx and 10BT Ethernet compliance tests. Massana's technology now provides the platform for LSI Logic's Gigabit Ethernet product line. In other projects at Massana, Dr Bleakley worked on FILU-200 (a ADSL OFDM embedded soft-core coprocessor), W-CDMA and Hard Disk Drive Read Channel ICs.Before joining Massana in 1997, Dr Bleakley was a researcher with Broadcom Eireann Research Ltd, a research organization jointly owned by Ericsson, Eircom and Trinity College Dublin. His work at Broadcom focused on telecommunications management systems and networking. Dr Bleakley has worked as an IT consultant and programmer with Accenture and Beecom Int. Ltd. Dr Bleakley obtained his PhD in 1995 from the Department of Electronic Engineering, Dublin City University. His thesis was on Low Bit Rate Speech Coding via extraction of physiologically based speech parameters. Dr Bleakley holds a 1st class honours degree in Computer Science from Queen's University, Belfast. Dr Bleakley is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Member of the ACM. He is Associate Editor of Electronic Letters.


  • VP Engineering / Principal Engineer
    Massana, Dublin1 Jan 1997 - 1 Oct 2003
  • Senior Researcher
    Broadcom Eireann Research, Dublin1 Oct 1995 - 31 Dec 1997
  • Consultant
    Accenture, Dublin1 Oct 1990 - 30 Sep 1991
  • Programmer
    Beecom, Belfast1 Jul 1988 - 15 Sep 1989


  • BSc
    Queen's University of Belfast
  • PhD
    Dublin City University (DCU) IRL