Professor McGinnity is the Dean of Science and Technology and is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the School's staff, academic provision and research activities.
Professor McGinnity joined the School of Science and Technology in NTU in March 2014. Formerly, he was Director of the Intelligent Systems Research Centre, Acting Associate Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Engineering and Head of the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems at the University of Ulster. He was also a Director of the University of Ulster's technology transfer company, Innovation Ulster, and a spin out company Flex Language Services. He has been awarded both a Senior Distinguished Research Fellowship and a Distinguished Learning Support Fellowship from the University of Ulster in recognition of his contribution to research and teaching and is a Fellow of the IET, SMIEEE and a Chartered Engineer.
Professor McGinnity is an active researcher. His current research interests are focused on computational intelligence, and in particular on computational systems, which explore and model biological signal processing, specifically in relation to cognitive robotics and computational neuroscience. His work addresses the creation of computational models of neural processing of visual, auditory or tactile stimuli, and the creation of artificial intelligent systems to emulate such sensory processes. His work on cognitive robotics addresses the issues of autonomous learning and skill building in mobile robotics. He is the author or co-author of approximately 300 research papers, and has attracted approximately £25million to support his research, from a wide variety of funding sources. He also has a strong interest in innovations in teaching and learning, and has attracted substantial funding to support implementation of technology assisted learning in higher education.
Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.
Professor McGinnity is a current grantholder and member of the International advisory board for the NSF funded DUKE WISeNet IGERT project Id; 1068871; Former Expert Evaluator for EU Framework Research Programmes, EPSRC, Science Foundation Ireland, Research Council of Norway, AXA Research Programme, German Centres of Excellence Awards.
Currently Professor McGinnity is involved in three EU FP7 research projects (RUBICON, VISUALISE and SiElegans) with partners in Spain, Italy, Sweden and Ireland.
Professor McGinnity has previously participated in research projects with many national and overseas organisations, including:
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