Cathal Gurrin is a lecturer at the School of Computing, at Dublin City University, Ireland and he is a funded investigator at the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics where he leads a research group of 10 people. He is also a visiting scientist at the University of Tromso in Norway. His research interest is personal analytics and lifelogging (a search engine for the self). He is especially interested in how wearable sensors can be used to infer knowledge about the real-world activities of the individual and how such sensor data can be used to enhance the performance and health of the individual.
Cathal also has an interest in information retrieval (IR) and a particular interest in how people access information from ubiquitous devices. He has developed WWW search algorithms, multimedia content mining tools and he has gathered a digital memory since 2006 (incl. over 15 million wearable camera images) and hundreds of millions of other sensor readings. He has been the General Chair of ECIR 2011 and MMM 2014, will be the General co-chair of MMM2017 and MB2016. He was also the PC co-chair of ECIR 2010 and Sensecam 2013 as well as being the posters and demos co-chair of ACM SIGIR 2013.