Research Staff

Dr Brian Lee
Dr Brian Lee 
is Research Manager of the SRI and joined the Institute in August 2009. Previously he had been Research Manager in LM Ericsson in Ireland where he supervised a team of 20 researchers investigating solutions in network management for Ericsson’s Operations Support System (OSS) for mobile and fixed networks.

He has over twenty years experience in research and system design of network management solutions for large scale telecommunication networks. He has participated in many national and international research projects. He holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin in the area of policy management applied to charging. His research interest focuses self-adaptive software systems for network management.
Dr Yuansong Qiao (John)
Dr Yuansong Qiao (John) 
is a postdoctoral researcher and the Principal Investigator on the SUNAT ARE programme at the SRI. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Applied Technology from the Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISCAS), Beijing, China, in 2007. As part of his Ph.D. research programme he joined the SRI at Athlone I.T. in 2005. He continued his research in the SRI as a postdoctoral researcher in 2007. He completed a BSc and an MSc in Solid Mechanics from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA), China in 1996 and 1999 respectively.

After graduation Yuansong Qiao joined the ISCAS immediately where he held roles as a network administrator, research engineer and team leader in the R&D area of network, multimedia communication and network security protocols and products. His research interests include network protocol design and multimedia communications for the Future Internet.
Dr. Abir Awad
Dr. Abir Awad 
is a postdoctoral researcher at the Software Research Institute (SRI) of Athlone Institute or Technology (AIT) within the Irish Centre of Cloud Computing and Commerce (IC4). Her research interests include cloud security, searchable encryption, provenance, security analytics, trusted computing and chaotic cryptography.
Previously, she had different research and lecturing positions in a number of universities. In 2006-2009, she had a research position as a PhD candidate at Polytech’ Nantes (France) from where she got her PhD degree in chaotic cryptography. During this period, she was also a part time lecturer in a number of faculties in Nantes including polyetch’ Nantes, IUT and ICAM. Later, she joined the Operational Cryptology and Virology Laboratory, ESIEA and Le Mans University in Laval in 2009-2010 and the computer science lab. (LIFO), University of Orleans in 2010-2011 as a lecturer-researcher. In 2011-2012, she worked at the computer science dep., Ryerson University, Toronto (Canada) before joining the IC4 in 2012.
Dr Niall Murray
Dr Niall Murray 
is a lecturer in Department of Electronic, Computer and Software Engineering, Athlone Institute of Technology. He performs his research as part of the TIIMED research theme, of which he is  Founder and Principal Investigator. His PhD, undertaken in the SRI in AIT, was an evaluation of user QoE of Olfaction-enhanced multimedia. In 2004, he completed a Master of Engineering in Computer and Communication Systems at the University of Limerick. He received his bachelor degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2003. He has a number of years of industrial experience in telecommunication and software development industries and has lectured for the Department of Mathematics & Computing, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (2014). He currently lectures in computer networking and software engineering disciplines from Level 7 to Level 9 in AIT.
Dr Enda Fallon
Dr Enda Fallon 
joined Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) from Ericsson in 2002, where he had worked as a senior design engineer in network management for 10 years. Enda has been a principal investigator on over 20 collaborative industry/academic research projects.

His research interest focuses on service mediation and adaptation for heterogeneous networking environments. Enda holds a BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics from University College Galway and an MSc in Software Engineering from Athlone Institute of Technology. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the Performance Engineering Laboratory at University College Dublin.
Gregory Hayes
Gregory Hayes 
is a Senior Software Engineer at the SRI, currently working on an Innovation Partnership with Openet Telecom in Dublin. He holds a BSc (hons) in Computer Science (2000) from University College Cork, and an MSc in Networks and Distributed Systems from Trinity College, Dublin (2003). After several years working in Broadcom Éireann Research (Dublin) and Ericsson (Canada), he joined the SRI in 2005.

He has worked on Innovation Partnerships with Ericsson and 3Touch, as part of the Applied Research Enhancement program to set up the SUNAT Applied Research Centre, and several Innovation Vouchers, working with companies such as: MDS Gateways, Optinergy, GradPool and supply.ie.
Saul Gill
Saul Gill 
is currently completing his Masters by Research, based in the SRI, under the supervision of Dr. Brian Lee and Dr. Yuansong Qiao. His MSc. research focusses on the use of Data Mining and Machines Learning techniques to aid in the creation of a model-based cleaning system for streaming data. The system is built on Big Data architectures that serve to split the computations involved in cleaning over a cluster of computers. In 2013, Saul completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Software Engineering through the National University of Ireland, Galway. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science from National University of Ireland, Galway.
Dr. Sara Kardy
Dr. Sara Kardy 
is a postdoctoral researcher at the Software Research Institute (SRI) and as part of the Irish Centre of Cloud Computing and Commerce (IC4). She joined the Institute since 2013. Her research focuses on cloud computing security and trusted computing system. Previously, she was a Research Assistant at University of East Anglia, UK. She also worked as an Assistant Lecturer for 4 years at university of East Anglia, UK and 2 years at the American University (AUC). Her Ph.D. research was about formalising security aspects in cloud computing environments. She also completed M.Sc. of Computer Science with excellent from The American University (AUC). She also received certificate in Teaching and Research Skills from University of East Anglia, UK. In 2009, she was awarded a certificate from Microsoft in real life competition and in 2011. Moreover, she received a certificate of cloud computing from Cloud University sponsored by Rackspace Hosting. Her research interests are Cloud Security, Trusted Computing System, Software development and Formal Methods.