Insight Leadership: Prof Siobhán Clarke at the leading edge of Smart City technology

Submitted on Friday, 14/10/2022

Professor Siobhán Clarke is a Principal Investigator with the Insight SFI Centre. Prof Clarke is on the Advisory Board of the Smart Dublin Initiative, and has acted on an Expert Panel for the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. She has acted as Expert Evaluator for the NSF, ERC, CHIST-ERA, and numerous national funding bodies across the world.

Prof Clarke is Professor of Software Systems at TCD, having previously worked for over ten years as a software engineer for IBM. Her current research focus is on software engineering models for the provision of smart and dynamic software services to urban stakeholders, addressing challenges in the engineering of dynamic software in ad hoc, mobile environments. This work is an evolution of her “seminal” work on the use of “aspects” in software modelling, where she is viewed as “..the prime authority, .. in effect, initiating the field”. Her more recent work has been described as “leading edge” [quotes from Anonymous SFI reviewers], and she leads an SFI Principal Investigator grant to explore an IoT middleware for adaptable, urban-scale software services.

Prof Clarke has been awarded €16M in research funding since the start of her career from funding bodies including SFI, Enterprise Ireland, HEA, and companies. She grew TCD’s profile in software engineering research both nationally and internationally, as a founding co-PI in the Lero Research Centre. While leading Lero’s and TCD’s smart cities research, she recognised the inherent multi-disciplinarity of smart cities’ research challenges. She then embarked on a campaign to set up a multi-discipline consortium that leverages the best research outputs in Ireland, establishing a national, collaborative smart cities ecosystem including academics, companies and public bodies. To date, this has culminated in the award of Enable, a €12M SFI Spoke, focused on connecting communities to smart urban environments with the IoT. Enable links three SFI Research Centres: Connect, Insight and Lero, bringing together world-class research on future networks, data analytics and software engineering, and has 28 partner companies and two city councils as collaborators. As Enable’s Director, all three Research Centres have appointed Siobhán as a Co-PI, in recognition of this achievement.

Prof Clarke is the founding Director of Future Cities, the Trinity Centre for Smart and Sustainable Cities, with contributors from multiple disciplines. She leads the School’s Distributed Systems Group, and was elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 2006.