New Colleague: Dr. McDermott is the new principal investigator representing NUI Galway in Polifonia

Prolific computer scientist and musician James McDermott introduces himself
9 July 2021

James McDermott: I’m a researcher with interests in metaheuristic optimisation, machine learning, and computational creativity. I’m especially interested in the study of representations and fitness landscapes for evolutionary algorithms, genetic programming, optimisation and graph problems, and interactive evolutionary computation as a tool in creative workflows. 

I’m a lecturer in Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Informatics, National University of Ireland, Galway. I teach on the MSc in Data Analytics and MSc in Artificial Intelligence. I previously worked in University College Dublin and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

My role in Polifonia will be as PI in NUI Galway. I will supervise/mentor an MSc research student and a postdoc in NUI Galway and will lead WP3, and participate across the other WPs also. I'm already enjoying participating in the project and talking to a wonderful collection of researchers, and looking forward to learning more. 

Image Credits: James McDermott

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N. 101004746