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Professor Michel Schellekens and PhD student Patrick Egan both receive sought-after research award

19 Jun 2018
Professor Michel Schellekens (middle of back row) and Patrick Egan - Computer Science PhD student (far right of front row) both named in the Fulbright Irish Awards Announcement

37 Fulbright Irish Awardees to conduct research and teach in the USA

Fulbright Scholar Award 2018-19 is awarded to Computer Science staff Professor Michel Schellekens and PhD student Patrick Egan 


Professor Michel Schellekens (PhD CMU) is an associate professor at the department of Computer Science of UCC. As a Fulbright Scholar, he will undertake research into algorithmic design automation at Stanford in collaboration with Stanford’s Computer Science theory group. This work aims to lay groundwork for an ``expert-in-a-box” assisting with automated software development. Michel manages the Legacy Project ``Conversations on George Boole” (UCC Impact Award, 2016) including interviews with experts at Berkeley, MIT, Stanford and NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre on the legacy of George Boole, UCC’s first mathematics professor, inventor of Boolean Algebra. Professor Schellekens directed the research center CEOL as a twofold SFI-PI (2003 - 2014). He is a DAAD and Marie Curie Fellow alumni and author of a Springer book on algorithm analysis.


Mr Patrick Egan: Fulbright-TechImpact Irish Scholar from UCC to the Library of Congress

Mr Patrick Egan is one of Ireland's leading tutors and performers of the concertina, and has represented Ireland on the world stage on numerous occasions. His academic interests centre on the benefits of exploring archives of cultural heritage, and in particular the transformational eras of the 1950s and 1960s. His experience extends through degrees in IT, Ethnomusicology and ten years working in the IT industry prior to completing an MPhil in Digital Humanities at Kings College London. Patrick is currently a final year PhD researcher in Digital Humanities and music at University College Cork. His research focuses on digital visualisation of music projects from the Seán Ó Riada Collection, and is co-funded by the Irish Research Council. As a Fulbright TechImpact Scholar, he will research collections of traditional Irish music located at the Library of Congress, to reveal hidden field recordings through digital visualisation and linked open data. 


The Fulbright Commission in Ireland
The Fulbright Programme in Ireland was established in 1957 and annually awards grants for Irish citizens to study, research, or teach in the U.S. and for Americans to do the same in Ireland. Since its formation over 2,000 postgraduate students, scholars, professionals, and teachers across all disciplines have participated in the program between the U.S. and Ireland. The Commission is supported by the U.S. Department of State and the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs. It is also a registered charity.

For further information, interviews, etc. please contact:

Emma Loughney, Fulbright Commission 01-6607670
Photography to follow from Conor McCabe Photography /

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