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Dr. Alan Davy

I joined the TSSG back in 2002 to begin a Masters in Computer Science. I previously studied a degree in Applied Computing at Waterford Institute of Technology and heard about the work TSSG were carrying out. After two years of the Masters, I decided to register for PhD in 2004. During this time I had the opportunity to go on sabbatical to Laboratoire d’Informatique de Paris 6 (LIP6) in Paris. This allowed me to see how other research groups operated and met fellow PhD students working on similar topics. I also had the opportunity to publish my work at a number of international conferences. This gave me the opportunity to visit a number if cities around the world such as New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Ottawa, Prague, Berlin, Brussels to name a few.

I completed my PhD in 2008, which was defended in front of a panel of international expert in my research area. My main external reviewer was Prof Timothy Gonsalves from I.I.T Madras in India. Following my defense, he invited me to spend some time at the I.I.T Madras campus for a semester. I took him up on this opportunity and travelled to India between January and May 2010. During this time I carried out some research with the groups there and lectured a course in Network Management Systems.

The experiences I have gained and the opportunities that were extended are all thanks to the attitude and motivation of the TSSG staff and the dynamic research environment in place there.

- Dr. Alan Davy

Once the PhD was finished, I was offered a position at TSSG to work on a European funded project. This allowed me to meet and work with other partners across Europe and around the world on a common project. While publishing papers and attending project meetings, I had further opportunities to travel.

I then applied for a research fellowship offered by Irish Research Council of Science and Technology (IRCSET), which was accepted for funding. This grant has brought me to Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelon, Spain. The fellowship will run for 2.5 years, beginning in August 2010. I will work at UPC for 1.5 years, and then return to TSSG to finish out the final year.