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

Brett is 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.