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Michael O'Grady

Senior Research Fellow
School of Computer Science
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University College Dublin, School of Computer Science, Science Centre - North Belfield Dublin 4

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Dr. Michael O’Grady is a Senior Research Fellow at University College Dublin. After graduation, Michael spend a decade working in the software industry for a variety of organisations including startups and multinationals, fulfilling the roles of programmer, software engineer, and project leader. As part of his PhD research, Michael engaged in an intense international collaboration with a European consortium, exploring novel concepts in mobile and implicit Human Computer Interaction. Ultimately, this research validated distributed Artificial Intelligence, manifested via the intelligent agent paradigm, as a tractable solution to a number of practical constraints in pervasive computing including context recognition, dynamic data-precaching strategies and multi-modal interaction. These research themes have continued through research in a multitude of core areas necessary to the attainment of the Ambient Intelligence vision. Validation of the ambient intelligence paradigm has been pursued in the diverse fields of pervasive health, domestic energy-usage monitoring and smart agriculture. Michael has also actively researched user-centric participatory research paradigms such as dynamic, geolocated citizen-sensing. Currently in the role of Senior Research Fellow on CONSUS (, a ground-breaking initiative between UCD and Origin Enterprises. Here, he is researching Internet-of-Things within the context of smart agriculture. The impact of such sustained research activity and collaboration is validated by internationally-recognised Key Performance Indicators. Leading and contributing to over 160 publications has resulted in a H-index of 24. Michael has served on the editorial board of a number of journals and on the Programme Committee of a variety of international conferences. He has also acted as guest reviewer for multiple prestigious, high-impact journals, for example, Nature Scientific Reports, as well as acting as co-editor for conference proceedings and journal special issues. Michael was appointed to the management team of the COST action CLIMO, an EU initiative that promotes interdisciplinary research in climate-smart forestry. He has acted as proposal reviewer for the EU commission, in H2020 and other programmes. In UCD. he has actively contributed to the preparation of a range of successful funding bids.


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