Dr James McDermott

Funded Investigator

James McDermott is a Lecturer in Computer Science in the University of Galway. He holds a BSc in Computer Science with Mathematics from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a PhD in evolutionary computation and computer music from the University of Limerick. He has also worked in industry in the area of supercomputing. His post-doctoral work was in evolutionary design and genetic programming in University College Dublin and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests are in program synthesis, evolutionary computing, artificial intelligence, and computational music and design. He is a former chair of the EuroGP and EvoMUSART international conferences, a member of the Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines journal editorial board, and associate editor of ACM SIGEvolution.

Research Focus and Applications

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Specific topics: flexible, interpretable predictive models, evolutionary computation, machine learning, deep learning, music
  • Applications such as AI creative tools, musical heritage, subject authentication from time-series, network intrusion, computer vision in movies, sustainability (forestry, fungi, peat emissions, waste-water, solar)
  • Leading Polifonia (large EU project in music information retrieval) Work Package 3 on musical patterns
  • Worked in Hewlett-Packard (supercomputing), UL, UCD, MIT
  • Chairing international conferences (EuroGP, EvoMUSART), editorial board member/editor/reviewer for top venues
  • 2000+ citations, h-index 25 (Google Scholar)