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Professor Fionn Murtagh, in June 2017, joined the University and is Director of the planned Institute of Mathematics and Data Science.
Fionn’s initial degrees, BA and BAI, were in Mathematics and Engineering Science, then an MSc in Computer Science, on information retrieval, from Trinity College Dublin, and a PhD (Doctorat de 3ème Cycle) in Mathematical Statistics in Université P&M Curie, Paris 6. His supervisor was Jean-Paul Benzécri. Later he achieved an HDR, Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches, at the Université de Strabourg, on pattern recognition methods in astronomy.
Fionn’s proudest accomplishment: that his doctoral genealogy includes representatives of the Bourbaki movement, and then, going back further, Borel, Lebesgue, Lagrange, Laplace, Euler, the Bernoullis, Leibniz and Huygens.
Following his primary degree, Fionn’s first job was Statistician-Programmer in educational research, working on ability and attainment testing and evaluation at national level.
Following a Visiting Scientist position at the Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy, working on nuclear reactor safety, lectures he gave there resulted in his first pubished book, Multidimensional Clustering Algorithms (Physica-Verlag, 1985).
For 12 years Fionn served with the Space Science Department, Astrophysics Division, of the European Space agency, working at the European Southern Observatory in Garching, Munich, on the Hubble Space Telescope project.
Professor of Computer Science posts in the University of Ulster and Queen’s University Belfast, followed by Royal Holloway, University of London where Fionn was Head of Department in 2005-2007. Between 2007 and 2012, Fionn was Director of ICT, and mathematics and engineering, and also for sustainable energy research at Science Foundation Ireland, with the major part of over a €1 billion research funding allocation. Quite integral to that role in Ireland’s research and related development was the advising of Government ministers, and close engagement with all leading corporate players and many SMEs.
Publications: 26 books, authored and edited; refereed articles, in journals or volumes, 164; invited survey or contributed, 41; and in conference proceedings and edited volumes, 119. Fionn’s current rating in Google Scholar is h-index 54 and 13188 citations.
Murtagh, F. and Contreras, P. (2017) ‘Algorithms for Hierarchical Clustering: An Overview, II’ Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery . ISSN 1942-4795
Murtagh, F. and Farid, M. (2017) ‘Contextualizing Geometric Data Analysis and Related Data Analytics: A Virtual Microscope for Big Data Analytics’ Journal of Interdisciplinary Methodologies and Issues in Science , 3, pp. 1-18. ISSN 2430-3038
Murtagh, F (2017) ‘Big Textual Data: Lessons and Challenges for Statistics’. In: SIS 2017 Statistics and Data Science: new challenges, new generations. Proceedings of the Conference of the Italian Statistical Society.. Florence, Italy: Firenze University Press. pp. 719-730. ISBN 978-88-6453-521-0
Editor-in-Chief, The Computer Journal (Oxford University Press and British Computer Society), for more than 10 years.
Now Editor, Section C, Computational Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Analytics.
Editor of Book Series “Computer Science and Data Analysis”,
CRC Press/Chapman & Hall (Taylor & Francis), 2002 to date.
Member of Editorial Boards:
Big Data and Cognitive Computing, MDPI, from 2016.
PeerJ Computer Science (PLoS, Public Library of Science), 2015 to date.
Editorial Advisory Board, Language & Psychoanalysis, from 2014.
International Review on Computers and Software (IRECOS), from 2016.
Pattern Recognition (Elsevier), 2010 to 2013.
p-Adic Numbers, Ultrametric Analysis and Applications (Russian Academy of Sciences and Springer), from 2009.
Progress in Artificial Intelligence (Springer), from 2011.
Journal of Imaging (MDPI), from 2015.
International Journal of Software and Informatics (Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences), from 2008.
Neurocomputing (Elsevier), from 1992.
Journal of Classiﬁcation (Springer-Verlag), from 1984.
Information – Xinxi – Joho , International Journal in English, Chinese, Japanese, Yamaguchi University, 1999–2005.
Les Cahiers de l’Analyse des Données, (Dunod), 1981–1998.
Journal of Multivariate Analysis (Academic), 1999–2004.
Artiﬁcial Intelligence Review (Kluwer), 1997–2007.
Technical Advisory Board, New Astronomy (Elsevier), 1996 to 2004.
Member, EPSRC Peer Review College, and reviewing/evaluation carried out for National Science Foundation, USA, Russian Science Foundation, for past EU Framework Programmes, and in many other countries.
External Examiner currently, University of Ulster.
Professor of Data Science, Director Centre for Mathematics and Data Science