Current Staff Members

Hugh McCabecdm_hugh_mccabe-300x300
B.Sc (Hons), M.Sc., M.A.
Position: Lecturer
Phone: 00 353 1 8851089


Hugh is a lecturer in Creative Digital Media and Computing at ITB and is a founder of the Graphics and Gaming Group. His expertise is primarily in the areas of computer graphics and multimedia. Recently he has completed an M.A. in Contemporary Art at NCAD and his research interests include visual computing, aesthetic theory, and the social and cultural impact of graphics technology. He joined ITB in 1999 and prior to this was a member of the Image Synthesis Group at Trinity for two years. At Trinity he carried out research into advanced rendering algorithms. Hugh also spent three years as a lecturer at the Department of Computer Science in UCD. He holds a degree and a Masters in Computer Science from UCD.

Dr Matt Smithmatt.jog
B.A. (Hons), PG Cert (HE), M.Sc, Ph.D., (ILTM)
Position: Senior Lecturer
Phone: 00 353 1 8851098

Matt has over 25 years lecturing and research experience at colleges including ITB, Middlesex University, the University of Winchester, the Open University and Aberdeen University. Matt holds a taught masters in Applied Artificial Intelligence and a doctorate in applied artificial intelligence and interactive music education research. Matt has published in these fields in internationally referred book chapters and conference papers, has chaired international research conference workshops and was lead editor of a collected edition of multimedia research papers. His main research areas are multimedia education systems and the use of IT to support informal learning. Matt has worked in these fields as a research consultant for UK universities and the British Educational and Communications Technology Agency. Matt has also worked in industry as a programmer-analyst, technical author, trainer and database developer. At ITB, Matt has pioneered the use of Unity game authoring as a means of imparting multimedia and programming skills to undergraduate students (updating things from previous use of Macromedia Flash). One of the European projects he has worked on involves Java mobile phone games and computing science education.

Former Staff Members

Stephen Sheridan
B.Sc. (Hons)stephen
Position: Lecturer


Stephen is a lecturer in Computing at ITB and has a number of years experience as a senior software engineer with Multimedia companies in Ireland. Stephen has supervised a number of Artificial Intelligence projects at B.Sc. level and M.Sc. level and joined ITB in 1999. Stephen has also presented a number of papers on neural networks and computer vision at ITB’s research conferences. He was joint project leader on the learning techniques project. Stephen’s research interests have moved into security and forensics and he is currently working on a PhD in this area.

Current Postgraduate Students

Kris Szczurowski (2017-present)Kris 150 150

BA(Hons) Creative Digital Media
Position: Research Student, Supervisor: Dr Matt Smith

Kris is working towards a PhD investigating ‘presence’ in virtual reality.

Kris is a graduate of the Creative Digital Media course, where he has studied design principles for various domains of problems and the impact of media on a society. During his work experience at the Simulator Research Group in ITB, under direction of Dr Catherine Deegan, Kris has developed a prototype for a pedestrian crosswalk simulator, using a Unity game engine and the Head Mounted Display (Oculus Rift DK2). Building on his experience in game design and simulator development, Kris’ Final Year Project was a prototype of a serious game designed to teach children how to cross a road safely, by utilising repetitive practical applications of the skills needed to cross the road safely as one of the core game mechanics. Kris successfully applied for a research scholarship to work with Dr Matt Smith to further work on the problem of quantifiably measuring presence in Virtual Environments.

Nina Lyons (2018-present)
MA Professional Design Practice, BDes(Hons) Graphic Design, HDip Computing
Position: Research Student, Supervisor: Dr Matt Smith

Nina is exploring how augmented reality can enhance the experience of visitors to Irish cultural heritage sites

Former Postgraduate Students

Leonie Troy
Sonali Patil
George Kelly
Ross Graham
Graham McCann
James Kneafsey
Graham Whelan