About Our Research Group

The TU Dublin – Blanchardstown campus Data Science research group includes researchers with extensive experience in a range of data science related topics. Particular interests include educational and psychometric data analytics; transportation; unstructured web content & social media content; health analytics; image and video analysis; big data analytics;  and geospatial data analysis.

Research in learning analytics spans several projects.  DALTAI (Developing All Learners Through Learning Analytics) assessed stakeholder perceived barriers to greater use of data informed practice, leading to a Continuous Professional Development framework for educators and learners. Ongoing work is enacting this framework via OERs on cpdlearnonline.ie.  As part of the Enhancing Student Retention across TU Dublin project, we are investigating the usefulness of trace data from VLE and attendance systems as proxies for indicators of student disengagement. Previous work also looked at non cognitive factors of learning as early indicators of academic engagement, and an evaluation of student activity on forums based on metrics derived from network analysis.

“Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence.”