Dr Hines is the Director of Research, Innovation and Impact for the University College Dublin School of Computer Science. His research interests include machine learning, multimedia quality of experience, models for quality of life, cryptosystems and machine ethics. His open source speech and audio quality technology won the RIA/AmCham Research Innovation Award in 2018 and is used extensively by streaming, tele-conferencing and hearing technology companies. He received his education at Trinity College Dublin (BAI, MA, PhD), University College Dublin (MSc, MBA) and DIT (Pg. Dip T&L). He is a Senior member of IEEE and a founding committee member of the Audio Engineering Society (Ireland Section). As a principal investigator, he has secured several industry, national and European funding awards for research projects.