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Building Management Systems - Oliver Kinnane

Assistant Prof. Oliver Kinnane


Dr. Oliver Kinnane is a Principle Investigator at TrinityHaus and Assistant Professor of Façade Engineering at the School of Engineering, Trinity College Dublin. Oliver has an affinity for buildings and is dedicated to their betterment through material, technical and behavioural advancement. Oliver’s experience is wide and varied, including a Ph.D. in modeling and control, a Masters of Architecture and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. Oliver’s research is focused on: (i) all aspects of the building skin; and, (ii) on the interface between the human, buildings and building technology. His research concentrates on optimizing the building envelope and systems to minimize energy consumption within buildings, and maximize occupant comfort. Novel and established, state of the art, and traditional façade materials and systems form the basis of his research. Oliver undertakes commercial and research projects for industry including the structural and thermal testing of façade systems. He is currently working on FP7 and IRC funding projects, and is on the management committee of COST TU1104 – Smarter Energy Regions.

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Desmond O'Neill

Prof. Desmond O'Neill

Professor Desmond O’Neill is a geriatrician and stroke physician at Trinity College Dublin. His research centres on gerontology and the neurosciences, with a strong emphasis on a) transportation, and b) the humanities, with over 300 peer-reviewed publications and many book chapters. He is the immediate Past President, and a founder member, of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society, and is the first Irish gerontologist in over 60 years to sit on the Executive Board of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, European Region. He was the Irish partner in the development of the European Masters Programme in Gerontology. In terms of transport, he has advised the OECD, WHO and various European countries on older driver issues, and was appointed as National Director of Traffic Medicine to the Road Safety Authority/RCPI in 2011. He has also been the President of the Irish Gerontological Society. Co-founder (and Chairman 1997-2009) of the Irish Council on Stroke in 1997, he has been a Medical Director of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, PI of the Irish National Audit of Stroke Care, co-PI of the first Irish longitudinal study on ageing (HESSOP-2), and chaired the Irish Government Working Group on Elder Abuse. He is the Director of the Centre for Ageing, Neurosciences and the Humanities (, and Chair of the Arts Committee at the Tallaght Hospital in Dublin, and has worked with a number of cultural agencies and institutions to develop the concepts of arts, ageing and health, including the National Gallery of Ireland, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Irish Film Institute and the Institute of Art, Design and Technology. He helped develop the first course for artists in health care in Ireland, and is a columnist in the Irish Times newspaper on matters related to ageing. In 2010 his contribution to promoting a positive and supporting environment for older people in Ireland was recognized by an inaugural All Ireland Inspirational Life Award: this was followed in 2011 by the National Stroke Champion Award of the Irish Heart Foundation.

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Principal Investigators - Dr. Mary Lee Rhodes

Assoc. Prof. Mary Lee Rhodes


Dr. Mary Lee Rhodes is the Director of Undergraduate Teaching & Learning in the School of Business in Trinity College Dublin and the Deputy Director of TrinityHaus. Her research interests and publications span public, non-profit and private management topics with an integrating emphasis on the use of complex systems theory and models to explore organisational and institutional performance in housing systems and public management. She has published articles in a range of academic journals including Public Management Review, Policy & Society, Int’l Public Management Journal, Policy & Politics, Voluntas and Int’l Journal of Housing Policy. Her most recent book, Public Management & Complexity Theory: Richer Decision Making in Public Services was published by Routledge in 2011. She is on the Board of the International Research Society for Public Management and a member of the interest group on Complexity and Network Studies in the American Society for Public Administration. She teaches services operations and management at undergraduate and post-graduate levels and public management and systems design at graduate level. Her current research is in the area of social impact, well-being and urban management - working with a network of research partners around Europe funded by the EU COST Office.

In addition to her academic interests, Dr. Rhodes is involved in several public, non-profit and social entrepreneurial organisations at Board level with a focus on research and service innovation. She is currently on the Board of the Housing Finance Agency and has recently been appointed to the Interim Regulatory Committee for Approved Housing Organisations in Ireland. Prior to these appointments she served as the Chairman of Simon Communities Ireland, as a Board member and Chair of the Service Subcommittee for Cluid Housing Association, and as a member of the strategic sub-committee of Clann Credo, Ireland’s leading social finance organization.

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Roger West

Assoc. Prof. Roger West

Senior Lecturer

Roger West is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. He sits on the Irish Concrete Consultative Committee (National Standards Authority of Ireland), and is Chairman to the Irish Concrete Society Durability Committee. Roger is a Board member of Construction Information Technology Alliance (CITA) and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland. He is on the Editorial Board of the international journal Magazine of Concrete Research. He is a former Head of Department and is currently Director of the Structural Laboratories and Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning in the School of Engineering. His main research interests are concrete technology, construction innovation and structural mechanics.

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Liwen Xiao

Assistant Prof. Liwen Xiao

Dr. Liwen Xiao's research interest include: water and wastewater treatment by using bio-technologies and nano-technologies; renewable energy (wind/biofuel) and environment; wind farms and environment; biomass harvesting from forests and sustainability; impact of land use change and climate change on hydrology, water quality, ecology, greenhouse gas emission and carbon balance; natural organic matter and drinking water; and, high sensitive sensors for water quality monitoring and big data.


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