Professional Activities



Short Bio

Dr Cathal Gurrin is a (senior) lecturer at the School of Computing (Dublin City University) and a Principal Investigator at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. At Dublin City University, Gurrin leads a group of 9 researchers dedicated to developing assistive technologies using wearable sensors and data analytics. The highly interdisciplinary approach advanced by the group, "lifelogging", integrates computer science, cognitive science and data-driven healthcare analytics to generate next-generation digital records of the individual, The basic idea is to provide a non-invasive, secure and privacy-preserving personal big data archive monitoring and analyzing continuously, for instance, health related data in a proactive manner for personalized health maintenance and restoration.

Dr Gurrin is considered a pioneer in the field of lifelogging, a field that he has helped to define and popularize over the last decade. He has built an extensive collaboration network of leading scientists and practitioners. He has secured research funding of over €2.5M (from Irish, EU and other international sources), co-authored patents with Samsung, licensed technologies to Irish startups, mentored new technology companies and has graduated 5 PhDs and supervised numerous MSc dissertations. He has a Google H-index of 25 from over 1,900 citations to his research works, and he is the fifth highest cited lifelog researcher and the second highest cited quantified-self researcher (Google Scholar, Jan 2016) in the world. He is considered a leader in the field, coordinating recent H2020 applications, engaging in the first long-term visual-sensor-based study of human memory, running the first international research competition in lifelogging (NTCIR-12 Lifelog), the author of the first lifelogging data analytics book (Lifelogging: Personal Big Data) and has recently set up the steering committee for CLTA, the Conference on Lifelogging Technologies & Applications).

He has an extensive interdisciplinary collaboration network (from the US, Europe and Asia) and a broad international media profile, having appeared on Discovery Channel, BBC, NRK and in international media such as The Economist (cover story, Nov 13), New York Times and New Scientist. He is heavily involved in teaching and DCU strategic activities, teaching internationally (China & Norway), setting up academic and research collaborations (China, Japan, US, Vietnam), configuring new collaborative teaching programs with partner universities. In addition, he runs the world’s lifelogging meetup in Dublin and regularly speaks at major international events such as the Global Quantified-Self Conference and partner-events. Finally he has been the general chair of many high-ranking computer science conferences, such as ECIR 2011 & MMM 2014, he has been the chair of MB2016, and held co-chairing roles in ECIR 2010, ACM CIKM 2010 & ACM SIGIR 2013, and he holds position on numerous editorial boards and conference steering committees.



Keynotes & Public Lectures

  • The Quantified Self - Self Tracking and the Future of Health Apps”. Invited talk and panel discussion at EU Digital Festival 2016, Brussels, Belgium, 21 June 2016.
  • “Beyond Quantified Self - The Promise of Lifelogging as an Assistive Technology”. Keynote talk at HealthWear2016, Budapest, Hungry, 14th June 2016.
  • “Lifelogging - Personal Data for Human Measurement”. Keynote at MB2016, the 10th International Conference on Methods and Techniques in Behavioral Research, Dublin, Ireland, 26th May 2016.
  • “Lifelogging - Surrogate Memories and Recorded Lives”. Invited talk at Hochschule Luzern‎, Luzern, Switzerland, 15 May 2016.
  • Lifelogging - A Long-term Data Analytics Challenge”. Keynote at the DBTA Workshop, 2015, Lugao, Switzerland, November 2015.
  • Personal Data, beyond Facebook and Instagram”. Invited talk at Irish Distillers, Dublin, Ireland. October 2015.
  • Lifelogging, a new era of Personal Data”. Invited talk at BioHackers Summit 2015, Helsinki, Finland. September 2015
  • “Extreme Personal Data”. Invited Seminar at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. August 2015.
  • “Tracking your Life - Self Quantification & Endless Data”. Invited talk at EnterConf 2015, Belfast, Ireland. June 2015
  • A 15 Million Image Lifelog - Thoughts and Experiences”. Invited speaker at the Quantified Self Global Meetup, San Francisco, CA. June 2015
  • “Lifelogging - Data Challenges”. Invited talk at National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland. May 2015
  • “Lifelogging - Challenges and Opportunities for a New Era of Personal Data”. Invited Seminar at Reykjavik University, Iceland. May 2015.
  • “Lifelogging - The Era of Archived Lifetimes”. Evening Lecture at the Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland. March 2015.
  • “Lifleogging and the Internet of Me”. Invited Speech at IGQIE 2014, Dublin, Ireland. November 2014
  • Lifelogging - A New Big Data Challenge”. EU Delegation to Japan, Tokyo, Japan. November 2014
  • Play, Pause, Rewind - The Era of Archived Lifetimes”. Invited Speaker at Mayo2040, Mayo, Ireland. November 2014.
  • “Lifelogging - Data Analytics for the Individual”. Keynote talk at VadConext 2014, Lille, France. Octover 2014
  • “Lifelogging, a technical Summary”. Invited talk at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, June 2014
  • “Lifelogging, creating The Personal Digital Assistant”. Invited talk at NII, Tokyo, Japan. June 2014
  • “Gathering and Organising Lifelogs, A new information retrieval challenge”. Invited talk at the University of Kyoto, Japan, May 2014
  • “Personal Life Archives: Challenges and Opportunities”. Invited talk at USCD, CA, 14 Nov 2013.
  • “Lifelog, an Awareness Engine”. Invited talk at the Ubiquitous Computing group, UCSD, CA, 12 Nov 2013.
  • “Lifelog Semantics from Wearable Computing”, Invited talk at ISTAS 2013, Toronto, Canada, June 2013.
  • “Experiences of a LifeLogger: Tasks and Challenges”, Keynote talk at: Lifelong User Modelling workshop at UMAP 2013, Rome, Italy. 14th June 2013.
  • “Personal Sensing and Lifelogging: Little-big data”, Invited talk at University of Tromso, Tromso, Norway. 10th June 2013.
  • “Seven Years of Lifelogging: Experiences and Solutions”, Invited Speaker at Quantified Self EU 2013, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 12th May 2013.
  • “Lifelogging: An Information Retrieval Challenge”, Invited talk at RMIT, Melbourne, Australia. 19th April 2013.
  • “Personal Life Archives, A Research Challenge”. Keynote at ICMCCA 2012, First International Conference on Multimedia, Communications and Computing Applications, December 2012, Bangalore, India.



Professional Activities & Chairing

  • ESSIR 2005, Organising committee of (and lecturer at) ESSIR 2005 - 5th European Summer School on Information Retrieval
  • CIVR 2004, Organising Committee - Conference on Image and Video Retrieval



PC Memberships

  • AH 2016, PC Member
  • ACM SIGIR 2016, PC Member
  • DH2016, PC member.
  • ICME 2016, PC member
  • ICMR 2016, PC member
  • IRLLD 2016, Chair, PC Member
  • ECIR 2016, Senior PC Member
  • HealthRecSys 2016, PC Member
  • MMM 2016, PC Member, Demos Chair
  • ACM SIGIR 2015, PC Member
  • AIRS 2015, PC Member
  • DH 2015, PC Member
  • ICMR 2015, PC Member
  • SITIS 2015, PC Member
  • ECIR 2015, PC Member
  • MMM 2015, PC Member
  • PV 2015, PC Member
  • ACM ICMR 2014, PC Member
  • ACM SIGIR 2014, PC Member
  • ECIR 2014, PC Member
  • ESWC 2014, PC Member
  • i-ASC 2014, PC Member
  • MMM 2014, PC Member
  • WI 2013, Senior PC
  • CIKM 2013, PC Member
  • Sensecam 2013, PC Member
  • LLPH 2013, PC Member
  • Applied Computing 2013, PC Member.
  • MMM 2013, PC Member, Proceedings Chair
  • OAIR 2013, PC Member
  • ICMR 2013, PC Member
  • SAC IAR 2013, PC Member
  • ACM SIGIR 2013, PC Member
  • ECIR 2013, PC Member
  • Lifestyle’12, PC Member
  • ACM CIKM 2012, PC Member
  • ACM SIGIR 2012, PC Member
  • ECIR 2012, PC Member
  • iHCI 2012, PC Member
  • CHI 2012, PC Member
  • SAC IAR 2012, PC Member
  • MMM 2012, PC Member
  • AIRS 2011, PC Member
  • WI 2011, PC Member
  • ACM SIGIR 2011, PC Member
  • ACM CIKM 2011, Senior PC
  • MMM 2011, PC Member
  • IAPMA 2011, PC Member
  • FDIA 2011, PC Member
  • ECIR 2011, PC Member, Tutorials Committee
  • STAIR 2011, PC Member
  • SITIS 2011, PC Member
  • SAC IAR 2011, PC Member
  • iHCI 2011, PC Member
  • ACM CIKM 2011, PC Member
  • ICEIS 2011, PC Member
  • ACM CIKM 2010, Senior PC Member
  • HCI 2010, PC Member
  • APMA 2010, PC Member
  • MMM2010, PC Member
  • WI 2010, PC Member
  • DMIA 2010, PC Member
  • SAC IAR 2010, PC Member
  • MobileHCI 2010, PC Member
  • ICDIM 2009, PC Member
  • ECIR 2009, PC member
  • IHCI 2009, PC Member
  • ACM SIGIR 2009, PC Member
  • RECSYS 2008, PC Member
  • ECIR 2008, PC Member
  • EVIA 2008, PC Member
  • ECIR 2007, PC member
  • SIGIR 2007, PC member
  • CIKM 2007, PC Member
  • AC 2007, Scientific Committee Member
  • ECIR 2006, PC member
  • ICME 2006, PC member
  • ACM MM2005, PC Member
  • ECIR 2005, PC member
  • ESSIR 2005, Scientific Committee member
  • ACM SIGIR 2005, PC Member
  • ACM SAC IAR 2005, PC member
  • CIVR2005, PC member


Editorial Boards, Examinations & Peer Review

  • International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (08-..)
  • MultiMedia Tools and Applications (08-..)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK (2011)
  • NWO: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Expert Reviewer, 2010
  • Information Processing and Management Journal (2006)
  • Klewer Academic Book Proposal Review Panel (2006)




Employment History

Prior to my current position at DCU, I have held the following positions.

Lecturer, Sept 2007 -
Dublin City University
Academic Staff Member of the School of Computing, Faculty of Engineering at DCU. Active Researcher leading a team of 9.

Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, Oct. 2002 – December 2007
Centre for Digital Video Processing, Dublin City University
I primarily focussed on managing information from digital photo and digital video libraries. In addition to research, I also lectured within the School of Computing, see the lecturing section for more details.

Adjunct Faculty, Oct. 2007 - 2016
University of Tromsø, Norway
I maintain my ongoing collaboration with the University of Tromsø, by means of an adjunct position at the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science. I am actively involved in student supervision and lecturing, with ongoing collaborative research into multimedia retrieval and systems architectures.

Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, Sept. 2005 – Jan. 2006
University of Tromsø, Norway
Short-term postdoctoral research position developing video search algorithms and working with the WAIF research group.

Lecturer, Oct. 2001 - Sept. 2002
Dublin City University
I lectured for one year in the School of Computing, DCU. I lectured Organisational Information Systems (OIS) and Multimedia Information Systems (MIS) to undergraduates and Databases to MSc students.

Research Assistant, June. 2000 – Sept. 2000
AT&T Research, Florham Park, NJ, USA
I spent a summer internship as part of a small IR research group. My duties were to research, develop and test a linkage analysis algorithm and to implement an automatic relevance feedback process for AT&T's TREC-2000 web track submission.

Managing Director, Dublin, June 1997 – Oct. 1999
Oberon Digital Media
I ran a small software company I set up with a classmate during our degree studies. After graduating, I worked full-time with Oberon Digital Media for one year, before returning to Dublin City University (DCU) to peruse my Ph.D.. My responsibilities included day-to-day company management, staff and client interaction, formal specification authoring & software development.