DIT lecturers secure Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellowships

Two DIT Computing lecturers Prof Sarah Jane Delany and Dr Susan McKeever have secured funding worth €500,000 for two Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellowships. Both fellowships are part of the Career-FIT,  a postdoctoral fellowship programme - funded jointly by Horizon 2020 and Enterprise Ireland.

Career-FIT funds experienced researchers to come to Ireland to develop their research through 3 year fellowships which features a 6-12 month secondment into industry via one of 15 Technology Centres aligned with third level institutions.  Career-FIT covers a wide range of academic and industry areas which are aligned with Irelands Smart Specialisation Strategy. The 15 technology centres, one of which includes the DIT aligned CeADAR centre, were established to encourage greater efficiency in the interaction between researchers, industry, and the public sector, in research that promotes economic growth by its direct relevance to industry agendas. 

Prof Sarah Jane Delany and Dr. Susan McKeever from the School of Computer Science in DIT are already principcal investigators in the Centre for Applied Data Analytics technology (CeADAR) team.They have each secured Career Fit scholarships as academic mentors, with the post docs due to start in February 2019.  Susan McKeever's project is in partnership with DocoSoft, a leading Irish software company in the insurance claims market that produces innovative solutions in the insurance domain.   The research will focus on how to apply machine learning to improve claims processing and detection of fraudulent claims.  

Prof. Sarah Jane Delany will be supervising Postdoctoral candidate Santos Fernandez Nogueral who will be working on a project in conjunction with the Valuation Office in Ireland which will seek to automatically valuate commercial and industrial properties properties. The core business of the Valuation Office is the provision and maintenance of accurate, up-to-date valuations of commercial and industrial properties to ratepayers and rating authorities and it is hoped that the research carried out will help the valuation Office in its current national programme to revalue all commercial and industrial properties in the state.

DIT Computing November 2018. For more information contact Prof. Sarah Jane Delany (sarahjane.delany@dit.ie) and Dr Susan McKeever (susan.mckeever.dit.ie)