REEdI aims to place Ireland at the forefront of engineering education

Munster Technological University (MTU) is leading this world class consortium with national and international leaders in Engineering Education, Industry (multinational and indigenous SME manufacturing organizations) and research centres. In addition, the proposal is aligned with MTU’s vision to position of the South-West region as a leading centre for practice-led and research-informed education.

A unique aspect of REEdI is the partnership with world class research and training centre’s- CONFIRM Smart Manufacturing, IMaR research Centre, AgriTech Centre of Excellence(ACE), LERO Software Development Centre. The involvement of the centres will enable innovations in research to be embedded in the undergraduate programme design proposed by REEdI. The partnership proposed will also allow student engineers on work placement around Ireland to have access to satellite hubs of leading VR/AR facilities and Smart-Manufacturing lines.

The REEdI consortium are experts in eLearning, smart manufacturing, industry 4.0, AI, iIoT, VR/AR, and best practise in engineering education innovation and reform. REEdI was co-developed with manufacturing industry leaders (Liebherr, Dairymaster, J&J, McHale, Astellas, Borgwarner, Kostal, Tricel, Abbey Machinery), national and international leaders in the field of Engineering Education (CSU, Harper Adams, UL), leaders in work-based placement models (UL, Harper Adams & CSU) and world class research centres (CONFIRM Smart Manufacturing, LERO, IMaR, & ACE). The team have a wealth of experience in delivering multi partner industry/ HEI linked projects on time and within budget. MTU as the lead partner has proven capability, and a strong track record with regards to repeat industry collaboration projects awarded. Therefore, there are strong networks, relationships and communication channels are already in place to kick start REEdI.

Furthermore, Professor Edmond Harty (Dairymaster) and Mr. Pat O Leary (Liebherr) will act as Industry Champions for REEdI.

The REEdI Team

Prof Joseph Walsh

Prof. Joseph Walsh

Prof. Joseph Walsh is the Executive Head of the School of STEM at MTU, Head of the IMaR Centre at ITT, an SFI Funded Investigator (FI) with LERO and CONFIRM Research Centre’s and the Director of the ACE. Prof. Walsh has obtained and managed c.€14 million in research funding contracts as a Principal Investigator (PI) over the past 10 years and has been involved in research projects totalling >€44 million.

Dr Fiona Boyle

Dr. Fiona Boyle

Dr. Fiona Boyle is Head of Department- STEM (Director of REEdI- Rethinking Engineering Education in Ireland) within the School of STEM at MTU- Kerry Campus. Fiona has a B.Sc. (Hons) in Microbiology from NUI Galway, a M.Sc. in Biomedical Science from University of Ulster Coleraine, and a Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology from NUI Galway. Fiona’s recent experience focuses on agility and innovation in development and delivery of education to ensure the talent pipeline can meet the future skills needs of Industry in the region and beyond. This involves the use of VR/AR technologies, eLearning, and the inclusion of significant work-based project centric learning in undergraduate programmes. Fiona’s early research centred on the topic of antimicrobial resistance in bacterial pathogens in the environment, nosocomial and agriculture settings, with a focus on the genetic mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella. Fiona’s Industry experience spans over 14 years in the MedTech and Pharma sectors, holding key roles in the areas of Terminal Sterilization (across Ethylene Oxide, Gamma, E-Beam and Gas Plasma modalities), Microbiological quality and Biocompatibility of medical devices and pharmaceutical products

Dr Daniel Riordan

Dr. Daniel Riordan

Dr. Daniel Riordan is the Head of Department – Technology, Engineering & Mathematics and Director for Industrial Engagement at the IMaR Research Centre  at MTU Kerry Campus and a funded investigator in the SFI Confirm Research Centre. Dr. Riordan holds a PhD from University of Limerick in the area of electronics and RF communications in Agriculture and an M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence from MTU. His research interest lie in the area of embedded/at-the-edge AI and autonomous mechanical / electronic systems for industrial and agricultural applications.

Dr. Eoin O’Connell

Eoin O’Connell is a Funded Investigator in the Irish national research centre CONFIRM. He is an academic in the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering at the University of Limerick. Dr O’Connell holds a PhD in the wireless integration of fibre optics sensors, he has a Master in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications (Hons.) from the University of Limerick. Dr O’Connell is also a graduate from Limerick Institute of Technology, where he received an NCEA Diploma and an NCEA Certificate in electronic engineering. His research interests are in the areas of Cellular communications, IoT, System Security vulnerabilities, Motion Capture, VR/Immersive Environments, edge processing techniques, Data Management, sensor development, and Wireless Sensor Networks with a particular focus on the corresponding issues of interoperability and scalability.

Prof. Martin J. Hayes

Martin Hayes (BE, ME, PhD, MIEEE, MIEI) is a Professor of Digital Technologies and in addition to his REEdI commitments is University of Limerick Academic lead on the UL@Work Human Capital Initiative (HCI-Pillar3) programme. Martin has lectured at the University of Limerick since 1997. He is a Funded Investigator (FI) with Confirm, the SFI Smart Manufacturing Research Centre and is a director of the Intelligent Power Management and Control group within the Centre for Robotics and Intelligent systems, CRIS, (www.cris.ul.ie). Prior to this he served as director of the power management group within the Circuits and Systems Research Centre, CSRC, a platform research centre for the Power Electronics Ireland (PEI) and also the Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) programmes in Advanced Technology.

Martin holds a BE in Electronic Engineering and a ME in Computer Systems from the University of Limerick and his PhD is in Machine Learning for Automatic Control from Dublin City University. His research interests lie in the area of Systems Theory in general and in particular on the intelligent use of machine learning for the optimisation of system resources within Smart Manufacturing use cases where operator safety must be guaranteed in the midst of channel, sensor or operator performance uncertainties. He is a member (and previous chair) of the Signals and Systems subcommittee of the Royal Irish Academy.

Martin’s Research has been sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Microsoft, IRCSET (The Irish Research Council for Science and Technology) and Failte Ireland. As a spoke investigator with Confirm he has succeeded in attracting significant cash support from a variety of companies including Johnson & Johnson (as a Confirm Open Call FI), Accucode AI, IQTech and Mobanode.

Prof. Donna O'Shea

Donna O’Shea holds position of Chair of Cybersecurity in MTU – Cork Campus, is co-Principal Investigator at the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centre CONFIRM and Funded Investigator at the SFI research centre CONNECT and ENABLE and group lead of Ríomh – Intelligent Secure Systems research group. Donna currently leads a Higher Education Authority (HEA) Human Capital Initiative (HCI) project called CYBER-SKILLS which is a nationally funded project with aims to address the cybersecurity skills challenge and this is in collaboration with UCD, UL, TU Dublin and Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI), Virginia Tech U.S. Donna’s research expertise lies in the area of enterprise security (i.e. SDN and NFV security) and network and service management with a specific focus on the design, analysis and optimisation of wired and wireless communication systems, networks and services. Donna is passionate about promoting science and technology as a career for women and men, is a director of IT@Cork a not-for-profit independent business organisation representing the interests of the IT industry in Cork and is an IEEE Senior Member.

Dr. Jackie Kehoe

Dr. Eilish Broderick

Prof Joseph Walsh

Prof. Joseph Walsh

Prof. Joseph Walsh is the Executive Head of the School of STEM at ITT, Head of the IMaR Centre at ITT, an SFI Funded Investigator (FI) with LERO and CONFIRM Research Centre’s and the Director of the ACE. Prof. Walsh has obtained and managed c.€14 million in research funding contracts as a Principal Investigator (PI) over the past 10 years and has been involved in research projects totalling >€44 million.

Dr Fiona Boyle

Dr. Fiona Boyle

Dr.Fiona Boyle is Centre Manager ACE, a €2million initiative funded under REDF, a public private partnership of academia, industry and local authority working to deliver excellence in learning and development progammes and strategies for the AgriTech sector through the use of novel eLearning, VR/AR technologies. Dr. Boyle has led large scale projects in multinational manufacturing organizations (annual project budgets >€15m).

Dr Daniel Riordan

Dr. Daniel Riordan

Dr. Daniel Riordan is the Centre Manager and Director for Industrial Engagement at the IMaR Research Centre at ITT. Dr. Riordan is the Principle Investigator of IMaR Technology Gateway, with responsibility for Manufacturing Automation and Industrial IoT. Dr. Riordan has secured >€2.5M in funding for collaborative engineering research projects with manufacturing industry clients outlined in this proposal.

Dr. Eoin O’Connell

Dr. Eoin O’Connell is an academic in the department of Electronic & Computer Engineering at UL and a FI in CONFIRM and an academic member of two research groups: OFSRC and CRIS. Dr. O’Connell is currently engaged in research in the area of IoT around the topics of system calability, security vulnerabilities, edge processing techniques and sensor development. Dr. O’Connell founded and managed the ‘University Cisco Training academy’, UL’s VMware Academy, Microsoft Academy, an EMC Academy, a CompTIA academy and a Pearson Vue testing centre.

Dr. Martin Hayes

Dr. Martin Hayes is Head of the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering. Martin has been part of the course board and delivery team for the Skillnet funded National AI MSc programme since its inception. He has deep knowledge of what is required to deliver a successful ‘industry led’ blended Masters programme. A FI with CONFIRM, his project work includes the application of Voice Technology, Visual Cognition and Sensor Fusion to an array of Smart Manufacturing problems.

Dr. Donna O'Shea

Dr. Donna O’Shea is Head of Department of Computer Science at CIT. Dr. O’Shea is the Group Lead of Ríomh, an SFI FI with CONNECT &ENABLE and was the main driver for the establishment of Ireland’s National Cyber Security Cluster ­‑ Cyber Ireland. Dr. O’Shea has driven enterprise led research informed programmes targeting the needs of the modern learner (EMC, AWS&VMW are co-developed MSc in Cloud Computing)