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.
I am a maths Lecturer in TU Dublin.
I live in Dublin with my wife and our daughter. I have lived and worked in Spain, Germany and New York. I love reading and watching movies of all kinds from the classics to daft sci-fi.
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How I Use Maths In My Job:
I use maths and computing to design experiments to investigate how our brains work. To investigate how we move I’ve used geometry and measurements in robotics to control virtual reality walking, driving and flying simulators. I use statistics and probability to analyse brain recordings. To make mathematical models I use numbers, algebra and computers to simulate how we make decisions.
I am experimental and computational neuroscience researcher. I use maths and computers to understand the brain.
My work involves using computers and mathematics to design experiments and mathematical models to understand how the brain works. My main works focuses on investigating how we use and combine different sensory systems live vision, audition, touch and balance. I have investigated the role of vestibular system, which controls our balance, in how we drive and walk. With two of my collaborators in Canada I’ve written a paper for all ages about some of the work called Feeling ourselves move you can read it here.
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 that 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 prize 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 materials for children (+8yrs) and their teachers to see how maths is everywhere.
I’ve already written three papers for a wider audience on:
- How we use vision and other sense for walking
- The impact of mobile devices on our eyesight
- How maths can be used to model predators and preys
I’d like to make these into virtual escape rooms that can be a fun and interactive way to learn about the different way mathematics is to understand the brain and nature.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I get inspired by different people from writers like Pat Barker to scientist like Steven Strogatz .
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I could of worked harder
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Writer for the Simpsons
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Travel the world