The High School, Rathgar. Trinity College Dublin
BA, MSc, PhD
Trinity College Dublin, Max Planck Institute in Germany, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx New York.
Technological University Dublin
School of Mathematical Sciences
Favourite thing to do in science: Finding out new things?
About Me: I am a maths Lecturer in Dublin.
I live in Dublin with my wife and five year old daughter. I have lived and worked in Spain, Germany and New York. I love movies of all kinds from the classics to terrible sci-fi.
My Work: I am experimental and computational neuroscience researcher.
My work involves using computers and mathematics to design experiments to understand how the brain works. My works focuses on investigating how we walk. I have investigated the role of vestibular system, which controls our balance, in how we drive and walk.
My Typical Day: My typical day is a bit of teaching, a bit of reading, a bit of programming and talking with other scientists.
My typical working day starts with getting my daughter to school. I then make a list of things what I need to do, the list can include something as simple as write an email to work on an academic paper. An academic paper is a way of showing my academic work other scientists. It can take as long as three years to finish an academic paper, this involves running an experiment, analysing the data, interpreting the data and then writing it all up.
What I'd do with the money: I'd use it to improve my primary school talk on how maths can model the impact of the introduction of Wolves to Ireland.
I’d use the money to develop an interactive webpage for children (10-14yrs) and their teachers to see how maths can be used to understand the predatory prey relationship. I will use the example of the re-introduction of wolves to Ireland, as initially it might seem that this could results in a reduction of deer but the model suggests that it could actually be beneficial.
I’ve already developed a version of this as a static webpage https://nbviewer.jupyter.org/github/john-s-butler-dit/MathsWeek_Wolves/blob/master/Predator%20Prey%20Model%20Wolves.ipynb
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Travel the world
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I was sometimes a bit lazy
What was your favourite subject at school?
Maths and History
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Help build a robot to simulate a virtual reality helicopter
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
My mum and Star Trek
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
A computer programmer
Here is a some videos of my work: