Trinity College Dublin

The coordinating institution of Slandail is The Provost, Fellows, Foundation Scholars, and other members of Board, of the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin (hereinafter Trinity College Dublin (TCD)). Founded in 1592, TCD is the oldest university in Ireland and one of the older universities of Western Europe. Trinity College Dublin is recognised internationally as Ireland’s premier university and is ranked in 67th position in the top 100 world universities by the QS World University Rankings 2012. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2012, TCD rose to 110th in the top 200 world universities, up seven places on 2011, and 35th in the top European universities, also up seven places on 2011. The College currently has 24 Schools across 3 faculties: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Engineering, Mathematics and Science; and Health Sciences. The city centre campus occupies some 51 acres, including the Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus. There is in excess of 220,000 m2 of buildings, including beautiful historic architecture and state-of-the-art modern facilities. Over 90 College societies and 50 active TCD Sports Clubs exist. The University has around 2,500 employees. In total, there were 16,807 registered students in 2009/10. There are over 92,000 alumni.

TCD School of Computer Science and Statistics (SCSS)

The School of Computer Science and Statistics consists of over 60 academic staff, with over 180 full-time postgraduate students organized into five academic disciplines Computer Systems, Intelligent Systems, Software Systems, Information Systems and Statistics. The School of Computer Science and Statistics in TCD is one of the largest computer science departments in Ireland and the UK.

  • Prof. Khurshid Ahmad is Professor of Computer Science in the School of Statistics and Computer Science since 2005.  His research areas include artificial intelligence, neural networks, fuzzy logic and behavioural finance, including sentiment analysis.  He obtained a first class honours degree in Physics (1968), and a Masters in Nuclear Physics (1969) with distinction from the University of Karachi, and successfully worked on has a PhD in Nuclear Structure Physics from the University of Surrey (1975).  His current work is on the impact of sentiment on prices of equities and commodities, and on systems for facilitating governance and risk assessment in financial systems (2010-2012), is supported by Enterprise Ireland (2011-2015), and by AXA Research on financial risk (2011).
  • A team of five researchers are based at the School of Computer Science and Statistics. Dr. Stephen Kelly is a specialist in sentiment analysis and works on image and geolocation aspects of the project. Xiubo Zhang is a PhD student working on text analysis and has developed modules for use in the project. Zeyan Zhao is a researcher in sentiment analysis who works with text aggregation. Shane Finan works on the project as manager at Trinity College Dublin, and conducts research into trust and the societal effects of disasters on places.

TCD School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences

The Speech Communication Lab (SCL) brings together a diverse set of researchers with a wide range of backgrounds and skills in prosodic analysis and phonetics; linguistics and textual analysis; auditory and visual data collection of natural interaction; conversation analysis; corpora construction and annotation; emotional speech analysis; speech synthesis, and discourse analysis. The lab is ideally situated to carry out the tasks detailed in WP3 and has a state-of-the art lab for the recording and gathering of conversational and interactional data that utilises high-end microphones, HD cameras, Microsoft Kinects and biometric sensors (Q-Sensors), in conjunction custom developed software and methodologies. This environment is also ideal for the testing of analysis frameworks and methodologies, providing a controllable environment for enacting scenarios relevant to the ultimate goals of Slandail. The lab work currently being carried out, into social interaction and interactive speech synthesis, is closely aligned with the tasks described in WP3, and has clear complimentary goals.

  • Professor Nick Campbell is currently Stokes Research Professor of Speech & Communication Technology at the Centre for Language and Communication Studies, and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. He received his Ph.D. degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Sussex in the U.K. Until two years ago, he was engaged at the Japanese National Institute of Information and Communications Technology and as Chief Researcher in the Department of Acoustics and Speech Research, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, Kyoto, Japan, where he also served as Research Director for the JST/CREST Expressive Speech Processing and the SCOPE “Robot’s Ears” projects. He was first invited as a Research Fellow at the IBM U.K. Scientific Centre, where he developed algorithms for speech synthesis, and later at the AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he worked on the synthesis of Japanese. He served as Senior Linguist at the Edinburgh University Centre for Speech Technology Research before joining ATR in 1990. His research interests are based on large speech databases, and include nonverbal speech processing, concatenative speech synthesis, and prosodic information modelling. He was Visiting Professor at Kobe University for 10 years, and still spends his spare time with postgraduate students as Visiting Professor in the School of Information Science, at the top-ranking Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), in the Kansai region of Japan.  He holds more than 20 patents in speech-technology related research.

TCD – Irish School of Ecumenics (ISE)

The Irish School of Ecumenics is committed to the study and promotion of dialogue, peace and reconciliation in Ireland and around the world. It is recognised for its interdisciplinary approach to taught programmes and research, drawing on the fields of politics, sociology, ethics, theology and religion.

  • Prof. Linda Hogan is Vice-Provost/Chief Academic Officer and Professor of Ecumenics at Trinity College Dublin.  She was appointed to the role of Vice-Provost/CAO in September 2011 and as such has overall responsibility for education and research at the university and deputizes for the Provost as required. She is an ex officio member of the Executive Officer Group, the university’s Senior Management Team, along with the Provost, Chief Operating Officer and the Faculty Deans. She coordinates strategic planning, research, undergraduate and postgraduate education, quality, and the student experience.
  • Dr Carlo Aldrovandi is Assistant Professor in International Peace Studies at Irish School of Ecumenics since 2012. He holds a Laurea Degree in Political Science from Bologna University and an M.A. in International Politics and Security Studies from Bradford University, where he also earned his Ph.D in Peace Studies. Previously Dr Aldrovandi has worked at the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies of Bath University, where he taught modules on the role of religion in international politics and international relations theory. His research interests lie at the interface of international relations, political philosophy, human rights and peace studies. His recent monograph ‘Apocalyptic Movements in Contemporary Politics: Christian and Jewish Zionism’ focuses on the religious drives at the basis of the ‘Jewish colonization’ of the Occupied Territories. Dr Aldrovandi’s current work is on the paradoxes of democratic governance during national emergencies and the impact of these ‘states of exception’ on human rights values and ethical norms.
  • Dr. Damian Jackson joined the project to work on the ethical framework, focussing on value pluralism and ‘state of exception’ theory. Paul Hayes joins as a research assistant, working on the development of the ethical framework and the inclusion of information ethics.