TSSG PhD student Annie Ibrahim Rana successfully defended her PhD dissertation “Semantic Technologies for User-Centric Home Network Management” in Waterford on June 16th. Annie was supervised by Dr Brendan Jennings and Dr Steven Davy, and previously by Dr Mícheál Ó Foghlú. For the PhD defense the internal examiner was Dr Alan Davy and the external examiner was Prof. Filip De Turck from Ghent University, Belgium.
Annie started as PhD student in TSSG during 2008, initially working on data mining techniques. She then changed research focus to address management techniques for communications devices within the home. Her dissertation presents a framework that harnesses semantic technologies including ontolological models and reasoning processes to simplify the process of managing access to and prioritization of networking devices within a home context. In particular Annie showed how these technologies can be used to shield non-technical users from technical jargon and implementation details, allowing them express their preferences for configuration of their devices using familiar terminology. Since 2012 Annie has been working as a data scientist with Dublin-based company Fleetmatics. Everyone in TSSG wishes her well in her future career.