Professor Alan Smeaton is Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at Dublin City University, which represents the largest single investment in a research centre by the government of Ireland.
He is also a member of the Irish Research Council with a Ministerial appointment from 2012 to 2018. He has been a Professor of Computing at Dublin City University since 1997 where he has previously been Head of School and Executive Dean of Faculty.
His research work focuses on the development of theories and technologies to support all aspects of information discovery and human memory, allowing people to find the right information at the right time and in the right form. He is internationally recognised for his work on information retrieval — particularly multimedia retrieval — and on automatic video analysis. He is founding coordinator of TRECVid, the international benchmarking evaluation campaign on information retrieval from Digital Video, run by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the US annually since 2001. He has more than 600 peer-reviewed publications on Google SCHOLAR with almost 11,000 citations and an h-index of 50.
Alan has been a scientific reviewer for research project proposals research councils in Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Switzerland, EPSRC (UK), Royal Society of Edinburgh, European Research Council, Niels Stensen Stichting (the Netherlands), Dutch Technology Foundation (STW), IWT-Vlaanderen, Nuffield Foundation, National Science Foundation (US), Ontario Research Fund (Canada), the AHRB (UK) and the EU. Alan is an elected member of the Royal Irish Academy, the highest academic distinction awarded in Ireland.