Assistant Professor, School of Computing, DCU

ComputingStream Lead, MA in Data Protection and Privacy: Law and Computing

Office Hours

Student visiting times are as follows.

After CA222 lectures
Thursday 15.30-16.30

Contact Details

Office: L2.44,
School of Computing, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland.
Phone Number: +353 (0)1 7006008
Email Address: rob.brennan(at)


Rob currently lectures on the undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Computing with Business. He is Computing stream lead of the masters degree in Privacy and Data Protection Law with Computing that is jointly given with the School of Law and government. His research is on data value, quality and governance where he is a SFI Funded Investigator in the ADAPT Centre.

From 2008-2018 he was a Senior Research Fellow in the Knowledge and Data Engineering Group, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin. While there he worked on HEA (NEMBES) on managing smart buildings and SFI CNGL, ADAPT projects focused on semantic data integration, data curation and data quality and was the co-ordinator of the H2020 ALIGNED project on Aligned Software and Data Engineering 2014-2016. As a funded investigator in the SFI ADAPT Centre he worked in the Data Governance Core research theme with the Co-PIs Declan O'Sullivan and Dave Lewis. This included a role as co-PI on the Ordnance Survey Ireland project to publish Ireland's reference geospatial data as Linked Data on the web and co-PI on an ontology-based legal search system with Gareth Jones. He is currently working on data governance and data value with industrial collaborators such as Collibra, Ordnance Survey Ireland and Wolters Kluwer.

In 2004 he joined the Ericsson Network Management Research Centre as a Senior Researcher where he worked on distributed network management systems, semantic modelling and 3GPP and TeleManagement Forum standardisation and the CELTIC-GANDALF project. In 2007 he joined the Balnagowan Broadband startup as Engineering Manager and developed an Enterprise Ireland Feasibility Study project on semantic data integration.

Rob first studied Applied Physics in DCU 1992 and then completed a MSc in Computational Science in Queens University Belfast in 1994. He worked as Project Leader in the ISO-standards based start-up ISOCOR from a company of 50 through its floatation on NASDAQ, working on large systems for clients such as the Finnish Post office and Brazil Telcom. He then joined Enterprise Ireland as a Research Officer in the Teltec telecomms research centre DCU where he worked on EU projects and pursued distributed systems standardisation at the Object Management Group. In 1999 he joined DCU as a PhD candidate (distributed Internet-telecoms service platforms) and lectured in Electronic Engineering, helped co-ordinate the MARINER EU project on agent-based control systems and worked on standardisation and transport layer congestion control at the IETF.