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Mr. Jonathan Brazil MSc, BSc

Title:

Research Systems Support Officer

School/ Department:

Research, Innovation & Graduate Studies - Research Support Unit

Telephone:

+353 0 51302922

Room Name/ Num:

2.10 Walton IT Building

Campus:

Main Campus

OrcID Number:

0000-0002-8316-1795

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My Biography

I work as Research Systems Support Officer for WIT, within the Office of Research, Innovation & Graduate Studies. The nature of my role includes the governance of business intelligence systems used for research data, the processing and analysis of research data. Identifying new ways of presenting our data, facilitating researchers with requests for statistics, and designing/distributing reports that showcase the research performance of WIT.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Applied Computing (Industrial – Level 8) thereafter pursuing a career in research and education with WIT. I have an extensive background in both European and Nationally-funded IT research and over 16 years of lecturing experience in the areas of computer programming, mathematics, statistics, and final year project supervision up to Level 8 students.

In 2002, I pursued my Masters degree part-time by research focussing on the development of a software-based solution for rating (i.e. calculating costs associated with) telecoms services in the internet era. My thesis had a specific focus on developing both arbitrarily complex algorithms and one fully-developed use case algorithm (ReFLEx) to illustrate the capabilities of the system developed.

Throughout the years, I have always maintained a research interest in these fields in addition to imparting my expertise to undergraduates registered to the teaching programmes that I was charged with delivering. I now work behind the front line of research, within the Research Support Unit, to conduct statistical analysis of our performance as an institute, assist with strategic ambitions, and to develop reports, software solutions, and other material that contribute to supporting the research effort of WIT.

I am happy to be contacted about any matters surrounding research data, reporting, web presence and resources for research, and all associated areas that you think I may be able to provide assistance on.

Research

Traditionally, my research focus was on internet service development and specifically on rating algorithms and solutions for internet service provisioning. I have worked on projects related to these and many other areas throughout my career.

Recent funding awards include an allocation from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to host an Open Data Hackathon at WIT, promoting a national objective in relation to the reuse of open datasets.

Previously, through my work with the TSSG (now Walton Institute) I have co-authored many funded research proposals, including the IMenabled project that was ranked as the top-rated proposal in Europe in its eTEN funding round.

I have co-authored and worked on the implementation of many successful projects involving industry, through programmes such as the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership scheme.

Teaching

From October 2000 until January 2017, I lectured as a part-time member of academic staff at WIT. Mostly I was lecturing to part-time education students via the School of Lifelong Learning but I have also delivered course material when required through the School of Science & Computing. Subject areas covered throughout that period include:

  • Mathematics;
  • Statistics;
  • Programming (Visual Basic, C++, Java);
  • Hypermedia;
  • Final year project supervision for Level 8 students.

Professional

I have worked in both the commercial and academic worlds, in software-related disciplines, telecommunications research, and lecturing. My experience ranges from research systems support, casual graphic designer, software developer, technical lead, software architect, to delivery of course material to undergraduate students.

  • Analysis of research data using spreadsheets (e.g. Excel) to produce reports for internal (e.g. Heads of Schools/Departments), external (e.g. HEA), and public dissemination.
  • Conversion of data between database and spreadsheet formats; production of graphical presentations of the same via charts, infographics, tables.
  • Project management of concurrent tasks, reworking timelines in a fluid way to ensure priority is given when required to specific activities.
  • Working with strategy team on tasks involving research data.
  • Taking the lead on technical projects such as GDPR implementation, acquisition of new systems to support the research community (e.g. funding databases such as Research Professional, and research information systems to enable management of profile data).
  • Code-based implementation of guides/utilities for the Research website.
  • Working on Enterprise Ireland and European Commission funded projects, often involving many collaborating partners.
  • Moving freely between projects; frequently managing my time between multiple, concurrent projects.
  • Constant familiarisation with new technologies outside my primary interests, combined with regular up-skilling.
  • Writing reports and project proposals for national and European funding agencies. 
  • Key software and research skills: software development, software architecture, databases, website creation and maintenance, presentation delivery, report and proposal writing, and a full literacy of the best known office application suites.
  • Development of course material, student supervision, and the full examination lifecycle from creation to correction of exam papers.
  • Prior to the existence of Moodle, created and maintained an eLearning portal for students to access course content offsite.
  • Lecturing, up to Bachelor Degree level students (full-time and part-time), in various computer science-related disciplines, including mathematics, statistics, programming, hypermedia, and final year project supervision.

Publications

  • Dempsey, S., Jennings, B., Brazil, J. and Madigan, J. (2011). Using Ambient Intelligence to Infer Availability and Meta-status in a Picocell Environment. In: Seventh International Conference on Intelligent Environments. Nottingham, pp.25-31. doi: 10.1109/IE.2011.74
  • Mullins R., Richardson R., Madden E., Brazil J., and Dempsey S. (2008) IMS ARCS - An Industrial Academic Cooperative research program for IMS. In Collaboration and the Knowledge Economy: Issues, Applications, Case Studies (Proceedings of eChallenges 2008) . IOS Press.
  • Pfeifer T., Savage P., Brazil J., Downes B. (2006) VidShare: A Management Platform for Peer-to-Peer Multimedia Asset Distribution Across Heterogeneous Access Networks with Intellectual Property Management. In: Autonomic Management of Mobile Multimedia Services. MMNS 2006. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 4267. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg doi: 10.1007/11907381_11
  • Brazil, J., Pfeifer, T., Donnelly, W. and Downes, B. (2006). Managing Peer-To-Peer Multimedia Asset Distribution and Intellectual Property Across Heterogeneous Networks. In: 4th International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing and Multimedia. Yogyakarta, Indonesia, pp. 189-198.
  • Clarke, J., Butler, S., Dempsey, S., Crotty, M., Brazil, J., Blazic, A, Hauser, C., and Neubauer, M. (2004). Challenges of Identity, Authentication, and Discovery Management in a Ubiquitous Environment: The DAIDALOS perspective. In: Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Communications Interworking (INTERWORKING - 2004); Ottawa, Canada.
  • Brazil J., de Leastar E., Ryan C. and O Foghlu, M. (2002), Workbook approach to algorithm design and service accounting in a component orientated environment. In: IEEE Workshop on IP Operations and Management. Dallas, TX, pp. 44-48. doi: 10.1109/IPOM.2002.1045754
  • Ryan C., Brazil J., de Leastar E., and Cloney J. (2002), A Rating Bureau Service for Next Generation IP Services. In: Proceedings of IT&T Tecnet Conference. Waterford.