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Irish Fulbright Scholars visit SPSU

Dr. Eugene Coyle and Dr. Nicholas Gillian, both Fulbright Scholars who hail from Ireland, are visiting the campus this spring to present lectures to students and meet and interact with faculty and academic administrators. Their visits to SPSU are part of an ongoing program to internationalize the campus and curricula and were organized by Raj Sashti, director of international program development, Dr. Bill Diong, associate professor of electrical engineering, and Dr. Richard Halstead-Nussloch, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering.

Dr. Coyle, head of the School of Electrical Engineering Systems at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), is on campus today and Thurs., Feb. 16. Dr. Coyle, who is currently affiliated with Purdue University’s Global Research Institute, specializes in energy policy and its relevance to and impact on engineering education.


He will make two presentations during his visit. Today, he will address “Climate Change and the Challenges Presented” in a general talk for anyone interested (5:30-6:30 p.m., Q-202). On Thurs., Feb. 16, he will give a technical talk, “A Review of Developments in Wind and Marine Renewable Energy Technologies,” aimed at SPSU faculty members and students as well as engineers. He will also provide a short overview of his research on energy policy at Purdue (12-1 p.m., Q-202).


The primary campus contact for Dr. Coyle’s visit is Dr. Diong (ext. 5574, bdiong@spsu.edu).
Post-doctoral fellow and Fulbright Scholar Nicholas Gillian will visit SPSU from Feb. 29 to March 2. He is working in the Responsive Environments group at the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his research focuses on the application of machine learning for the real-time recognition of musical gestures. While completing his doctorate at Queen’s University Belfast, Dr. Gillian worked on the European Union research project SKILLS. He has an undergraduate degree in music technology and a Master of Art in Sonic Arts from Queen’s University Belfast and has composed music for several dramatic productions.


In addition to addressing new media arts students, Dr. Gillian will give a workshop on gesture recognition and machine learning on Thurs., March 1 (1:30-5 p.m., J-202) and a presentation entitled “Real-Time Gesture Recognition for Musician Computer Interaction” on Fri., March 2 (10-11:15 a.m., J-381).


The primary campus contact for Dr. Gillian’s visit is Dr. Halstead-Nussloch (ext. 5509, rhalstea@spsu.edu).
Anyone interested in meeting one-on-one with these scholars should contact Raj Sashti (ext. 3266, rsashti@spsu.edu).