The National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM) has around 8,500 students. The Department of Computer Science has approximately 650 undergraduate students and around 130 registered postgraduate students, including over 25 students on PhD and Masters level research degrees. The Department has a strong record of international collaboration, both in research and in teaching.
The work will take place in the Department of Computer Science, under the Cognitive Science Research Group (CSRG). This group is currently composed of 4 members of staff and number of postgraduate and postdoctoral students. As well as using local facilities, researchers also have access to a national high-performance computing infrastructure. Dr. O’Donoghue participated in arguably the first ever conference on computational creativity – namely Mind II: Computational Models of Creative Cognition (CMOCC) in 1997 – by both serving on the program committee and contributing several papers. He has been on the program committee for International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC) 2010-2013 and its predecessor International Joint Workshop on Computational Creativity (IJWCC) 2004-8, as well as many other workshops and journal Special Issues devoted to computational creativity. He has developed many analogy-based models for conceptual blending and several research projects.