Peter Crooks

I am Founding Director of Beyond 2022: Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury (, an all-island and international collaboration to create a virtual reality reconstruction of the Public Record Office of Ireland, and its collections, which were destroyed at the outbreak of the Irish Civil War in 1922. I am also the Academic Coordinator of the Trinity Long Room Hub’s Multiannual Lecture Series entitled, ‘Out of the Ashes: Collective Memory, Cultural Loss and Recovery’ (2018 to 2021).

My primary discipline is history. I have published widely on Irish and British medieval Irish history and have been commissioned to serve as editor of the forthcoming Cambridge History of Britain, vol. 2: 1100–1500.

Brian Davis

I am currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Computing and a member of the ADAPT research centre. Prior to taking up my appointment at DCU in 2019, I was a Lecturer at the School of Computer Science, Maynooth University.

From 2014- 2017, I was a Research Fellow, Adjunct Lecturer and Research Unit Leader at the INSIGHT Center for Data Analytics, NUI Galway (NUIG), where I led the Knowledge Discovery Unit focusing on the specific research areas of: Natural Language Processing, Data Visualization and Knowledge Discovery from heterogeneous data sources (text and graph). I was Principle Investigator of two SFI co-funded Targeted Projects and coordinated a 3 year Horizon 2020 Innovation Action – SSIX – Social Sentiment Financial Indexes – Grant No 645425.

My core expertise intersects with Natural Language Processing and Knowledge creation and development . My research interests include: NLP for social media, Opinion Mining and Sentiment Analysis and in particular Natural Language Generation (Data2Text system). While I have diversified my research interests in recent years, information extraction continues to be a core interest of mine, having had extensive experience in the fields of Ontology Based Information Extraction and Semantic Annotation.