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Dympna O’Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer and Assistant Head of School at the School of Computer Science at Technical University Dublin City Campus. Her research is in Applied Social Computing with a focus on Health Informatics and Digital Ethics.
In the area of Health Informatics, she is interested in the design, development and evaluation of Decision Support Systems to support clinician and patient decision making. This work involves research across many aspects of the domain including electronic and personal health records, machine learning and intelligent algorithms, explainable AI, sensors and smart home technologies, accessible user interfaces and theories of health behaviour change.
In terms of Digital Ethics, her work is focused on studying the societal impacts of various technologies and includes topics such as data ethics , data management, artificial intelligence, pervasive computing, social media platforms as well as relevant governance and legislation.
She is currently am PI of two large research projects. The first is an SFI Frontiers for the Future project titled Enabling Self-Care and Shared Decision Making for People Living with Dementia. The project is being undertaken in collaboration with Netwell Casala at DkIT and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and is focused on the development of a new intelligent computer-based toolkit that will help and support people affected by dementia and in their daily living. Using a co-design approach, the toolkit will support self-management, empower participation in shared decision-making with relatives and carers and help people with dementia remain healthy and independent in their homes for longer.
Secondly, she leads a transnational Erasmus+ project titled Ethics4EU. TProject partners include Telecom SudParis, Mälardalen University Sweden, the European Digital Learning Network and Informatics Europe. The Ethics4EU project is developing new curricula, best practices and learning resources for teaching Digital Ethics to computer science students. It follows a ‘train the trainer’ model for up-skilling computer science lecturers across Europe.