DCU’s Professor Alan Smeaton and Professor Philip Lane, Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland have been awarded the prestigious Gold Medal of the Royal Irish Academy.
The medals, which are sponsored by the Higher Education Authority, are awarded to individuals who have made a demonstrable and internationally recognised, outstanding scholarly contribution in their fields.
Professor Alan F Smeaton, Director, the Insight Centre for Data Analytics and Professor of Computing at Dublin City University has been awarded the Gold Medal in the Engineering Sciences. Professor Smeaton has a world-leading research reputation in the field of multimedia information retrieval. The underlying theme of his research career is the development of technology to support human memory: how it works, why it fails, and what we can do to help when it does. His work is focused on engineering a parallel, digital memory using sensors like wearable cameras and sensors for our physiology and our activities to act as a ‘black box’ for our lives that we can query, refer to, summarise, even that we can delete things from.