Conor Hayes

Dr Conor Hayes is a lecturer-above-the bar in the School of Computer Science, NUI Galway and a Principle Investigator for the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUIG's Data Science Institute. Dr Hayes graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2004 with PhD in Artificial Intelligence. From 2004 to 2007, Dr Hayes carried out his postdoctoral research at the Bruno Kessler Institute in Trento, Italy. He was a senior research fellow at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at NUI Galway between 2007 and 2012. From 2015 to 2018, Dr Hayes was the programme director for the MSc/Diploma in Computer Science (Data Analytics) at NUI Galway. From 2018 to 2019 he was programme director for the online MSc in Computer Science Artificial Intelligence - overseeing the funding acquisition and development of this new programme.

Dr Hayes leads the research unit for information and retrieval (UIMR) at the Data Science Institute. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, books and conferences in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Data analytics. He is a programme committee member for several leading conferences in these topics such as IJCAI (awarded distinguished reviewer status in 2019), WWW, RecSys, ICWSM. Since joining NUI Galway, Dr Hayes has been responsible acquiring research and programme development grants of over €4,300,000.

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