John Breslin - Enterpreneur and engineer

Founder at Social Media Ltd.

Nationality

Irish

Work category

IT and Technology

Education

Bachelor/Degree

John Breslin is a lecturer in the School of Engineering and Informatics, NUI Galway, and a researcher with DERI, a Semantic Web research institute at NUI Galway. He is co-leader and founder of the Social Software Unit at DERI. He is co-author of the book "The Social Semantic Web". He is also the founder of the SIOC project, which aims to interlink online communities with semantics.

John has received a number of awards for the Irish community website boards.ie, which he co-founded in 2000. The Irish Internet Association presented him with Net Visionary awards in 2005 and 2006. John is a director of boards.ie Ltd. and co-founder of Adverts Marketplace Ltd. He has been interviewed or cited by various media sources including New Scientist, IEEE Computer, PC World, The Sunday Times and RTÉ. He is the owner of socialmedia.net, a web-based publisher of daily articles focusing on forthcoming technology areas in business, video, mobile and social media, and co-founder of StreamGlider Inc., a stealth project.

John Breslin's Professional Experience

2010 - Present

Social Media Ltd. - Founder

John is the owner of socialmedia.net, a web-based publisher of daily articles focusing on forthcoming technology areas in business, video, mobile and social media.

2008 - Present

NUI Galway - Lecturer

I am currently a lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the College of Engineering and Informatics at the National University of Ireland, Galway. I am also an Associate Researcher and Co-Leader of the Social Software Unit at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), NUI Galway, and an Associate Researcher with the Bioelectronics Research Cluster, National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES), NUI Galway. I am course director for the new Engineering Innovation - Electronic undergraduate degree course.

Key Skills
Biomedical Engineering Electrical electronic engineering engineering lecturer
2004 - Present

DERI - Researcher

John is co-leader and founder of the Social Software Unit at DERI. He is co-author of the book "The Social Semantic Web" (Springer, 2009), and has over 100 peer-reviewed academic publications. He is the Tutorials & Workshops Chair for the forthcoming ICWSM-11 conference., and has served on over 75 committees for workshops, conferences or journals. He is also the founder of the SIOC project, which aims to interlink online communities with semantics.

2000 - Present

boards.ie Ltd. - Director

I am also a director of boards.ie Ltd., Ireland's largest community forum site, which was incorporated as a company in 2000. The site began life as a computer gaming forum I set up in 1998.

2004 - 2008

DERI - Postdoctoral Researcher, Adjunct Lecturer

I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. My research interests include the Semantic Web and social software, and I am co-creator of the Semantically-Interlinked Online Communities (SIOC) project at http://sioc-project.org

During my work at DERI, I was also an adjunct lecturer at the University, doing some teaching and student supervision.

Key Skills
HTTP lecturer supervision
2000 - 2004

National University of Ireland, Galway - Lecturer

I lectured full time at NUI Galway from 2000 to 2004.

1998 - 1999

PEI Technologies - Research Officer

I worked for a year as a research officer with Power Electronics Ireland Technologies (PEI Technologies), where I coded high frequency optimisation and transformer design algorithms, and developed a compact GUI in Visual Basic to display large amounts of data, while interfacing the software with core and winding database files.

Key Skills
data electronics Visual Basic
1996 - 1996

Virginia Tech - Visiting Scholar

During the summer of 1996, I was paid by Virginia Tech to work as a visiting scholar in the Virginia Power Electronics Center (VPEC). I also held a green card during this time.

Key Skills
electronics

John Breslin's Education and Qualifications

2002

Bachelor/Degree - PhD, Electronics

National University of Ireland, Galway

1994

Bachelor/Degree - BE, Electronics

National University of Ireland, Galway

John Breslin's Additional Information

Interests

Semantic Web, social software, digital media, web design, social networks, blogs, bulletin boards, Japanese, science fiction, reading, travelling, domain names, electronic music, electronic engineering, sensors, ubiquitous web

Memberships

IEEE, IET, Engineers Ireland

Awards

Personal:

IIA Net Visionary award for online trader (2006)
IIA Net Visionary award for social contribution (2005)
IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics best paper award (2000)

Team:

Winner of Golden Spider award for the dot.ie readers' choice category (2001)
Winner of Zeddy award for the best community and leisure website (2001)