Linda Doyle is the Director of CONNECT and Professor of Engineering and The Arts in Trinity College, University of Dublin. CONNECT is a national research centre focused on future networks and communications and is co-funded by SFI and industry. CONNECT is headquartered in Trinity College Dublin and is spread over ten different academic institutions in Ireland. Her expertise is in the fields of wireless communications, IoT, cognitive radio, reconfigurable networks, spectrum management and creative arts practices. She has raised over 70 million in research funding in the past decade and has published widely in her field. Linda has a reputation as an advocate for change in spectrum management practices and has played a role in spectrum policy at the national and international level. Currently she is a member of the National Broadband Steering Committee in Ireland, and is a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board in the UK. She is on the advisory board of Wireless@KTH in Sweden and is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. She is on the Board of the Festival of Curiosity - a STEM outreach activity for children based on a city-centre yearly science festival. She is a judge in the BT Young Scientist. She is the Chair of the Douglas Hyde Gallery and on the board of Pallas Studios. Linda Doyle is a Director of Xcelerit and SRS.
Professor Chris Morash became the inaugural Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin on January 1, 2014. Born in Nova Scotia, his first degree is from Dalhousie University, after which he moved to Ireland to join the first cohort of students in the M.Phil. in Anglo-Irish Literature (as it was called at the time) in Trinity in 1985; his Ph.D on Irish Famine Literature is also from Trinity, carried out under the supervision of Professor Terence Brown. Prior to his appointment to Trinity, Chris Morash worked in Maynooth University, where he had been Professor of English since 2007, and founded the Centre for Media Studies in 2003. He was the first chair of the Compliance Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (2009-2014), and has been an active member of the Royal Irish Academy since 2007.