National University of Ireland Galway

Established in 1845, NUI Galway ( is one of Ireland's foremost centres of academic excellence. With over 16,000 students from 90 countries across the world, and more than 2,200 staff, NUI Galway has a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence in the fields of arts, social science, and Celtic studies; business, public policy and law; engineering and informatics; medicine, nursing and health sciences; and science.

NUI Galway is a research-led University with internationally recognised expertise in selected priority areas. Research achievements include: home to two Science Foundation Ireland-funded Centres for Science, Engineering and Technology; awarded the Republic of Ireland's first UNESCO Chair in Children’s Youth and Civic Engagement; the world's leading experts in Human Rights Law; Ireland’s leading Marine and Environmental Research Centres; Ireland’s primary centre for stem cell and gene therapy research and regenerative medicine; the world's largest research institute of internet technology.

Staff Engaged in Project

Dr Michael Madden

Dr Michael Madden is a Senior Lecturer in the National University of Ireland Galway, which he joined in 2000. He is also the Head of the Information Technology Discipline (25 staff, 600 students, €2m annual budget), though his term as Head will end around the time ROCSAFE is due to start.

After graduating with a B.E. (Mechanical) in 1991, he earned a PhD in Machine Learning in NUI Galway. From 1995 to 2000 he worked in professional research & development for 5 years in MCS Kenny, an internationally-trading Irish software company, where he began as a software engineer and became the R&D Manager in 1998. He has published over 90 papers and has received seven awards for best papers/distinguished papers, as well as co-authored 5 patents. He founded a spin-out company called Analyze IQ Limited, based on research that he led, in which NUI Galway is a shareholder. In 2006/07, he spent a sabbatical year as a Visiting Research Scientist in the University of Helsinki in Finland, the University of California at Irvine, and the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Brett Drury

Dr. Brett Drury

Brett Drury was a Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher at the National University of Ireland Galway. Brett holds a Law degree from Plymouth University and a PgDip in I.T. from the University of London. Brett spent 14 years in industry as a Software Engineer / Consultant in the UK and Portugal. Brett returned to academia in 2009 gaining a doctoral degree in computer science from the University of Porto in 2013. Brett conducted his post-doctoral research at the University of Sao Paulo until 2016. Brett joined the ROCSAFE project in September 2016.