Leaders in Research: The EDGE Fellowship | National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Ireland.

Dr Alessandra Sala of Bell Labs & Enda O'Dowd of NCAD: A career development discussion with two leading experts in their field.

Friday, 30th November - Friday, 30th November 2018

Dr Alessandra Sala Head of Research Analytics at NOKIA Bell Labs.
Enda O'Dowd, Lecturer & Course Coordinator - MSc Medical Device Design, National College of Art and Design (NCAD).
VENUE: Harry Clarke House Lecture Theatre (HCHLT)
LOCATION: 100 Thomas Street, National College of Art and Design, D08 K521.
Starts: Fri 30 Nov 2018 12.30pm
Ends:  Fri 30 Nov 2018 1.30pm
Leaders in Research is part of a series of programmed events from, EDGE. EDGE is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Action, led by Trinity College Dublin on behalf of a group of academic institutions from across Ireland; made up of three existing Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) National Research Centres: AMBER, CONNECT and ADAPT. lt is is the first time EDGE will work with an institution (NCAD) outside the EDGE network. This partnership is an opportunity to build on the relationships by understanding how both institutions bring ideas and initiatives to each other’s attention and research spaces.
At this Leaders in Research event we will discuss with Dr Alessandra Sala Head of Analytics Research at Nokia Bell Labs and Enda O'Dowd NCAD Lecturer & Course Coordinator - MSc Medical Device Design, how much collaboration featured and how much working in the arts v science v both impacted and enhanced their own career pathways.
Hearing how different disciplines negotiate their career pathways, challenges and success is the main topic of conversation for this event. How different professionals created/ create opportunities for themselves and the things they might have done differently looking back.
We will also explore the importance of working with and stepping into other discipline’s realms to understand our own areas of research and how that might enhance and benefit each other’s work.
This event is hosted at the NCAD as part of the NCAD Gallery programme in conjunction with the Infrastructures of Now exhibition, 21 Sept - 30 Nov 2018, Stranger Fictions writing workshop. Stranger Fictions workshops by Jessica Foley foster and exercise creativity, honesty, diversity and ethical courage in STEM research, and are co-devised with Harun Siljak and Linda Ryan as part of the EDGE Fellowship training and development programme. Infrastructures of Now is curated by Anne Kelly, NCAD Gallery Curator.
EDGE is Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Action, led by Trinity College Dublin on behalf of a group of academic institutions from across Ireland. EDGE leverages the strengths and assets of three existing Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) National Research Centres: AMBER, CONNECT and ADAPT. Together, these Centres perform world-leading research on the three main pillars of ICT. AMBER offers expertise in advanced materials that will play a pivotal role in future systems and devices. CONNECT’s focus is on future networks that will underpin the services the world needs. ADAPT brings cutting-edge innovation in digital content. 

Speaker Biographies
Alessandra Sala is the head of the Analytics Research in Nokia Bell Labs. In this role, she manages numerous analytics research groups worldwide. She has more than 10 years of experience in research and innovation, both in academia and industry, specifically on advanced analytics, customer experience, AI-based automation of cloud applications and machine learning for networks management. She has a proven track record of transferring innovation from research into business units and experience with a wide range of telco products and systems. In her prior appointment, she held a research associate position in the Department of Computer Science at University of California Santa Barbara. During this appointment, she was a key contributor of several funded proposals from National Science Foundation in USA and her research was awarded with the Cisco Research Award in 2011. She is an active technical committee member for international conferences and journals among which IEEE INFOCOM, WWW, ICWSM, ECML-PKDD, and GLOBCOM. She has recently won technical awards like the ITP Innovator of the Year 2017 and the Distinguished Member Award of the 2015 IEEE INFOCOM Technical Program Committee.
Enda O'Dowd is a lecturer in Product Design at the National College of Art and Design and course coordinator for the MSc in Medical Device Design. With a background in materials and engineering, he specialises in applying science and technology to design questions. The MSc in Medical Device Design at NCAD is an innovative studio based course which works with hospitals, clinicians and the medical device industry to create innovative, human-centred products within the rigorous constraints of the medical device industry.
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Contact: Anne Kelly Programme Curator gallery@staff.ncad.ie
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