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Joan Condell


Professor Joan Condell works within the School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems at Ulster University focusing on data analytics, AI and (wearable/ambient) IoT sensors.  She is a senior fellow of the Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice at Ulster and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  She was awarded a Distinguished Teaching and Learning Fellowship in 2011, regularly has External Examiner positions in UK and Ireland in teaching and research and is also a member of the Royal Irish Academy Engineering committee.  She regularly sits on funding review panels for the UK Research Councils, the Irish Research Council, Innovate UK and UK Research and Innovation and is a member of the Royal Irish Academy’s STEM committee.  

She currently manages a team of PhD researchers and Research Associates/Fellows across 24 national, EU and commercial projects as principal investigator.  Professor Condell has published over 250 papers and actively secured grants from external sources with a total project value over £34M. 

Professor Condell has considerable commercial experience; she is CEO of a spinout company ActionSense Ltd and previously CEO of spinout company HidInImage Ltd.  She has numerous patents filed in UK and US; and has completed trials with key industrial players with a range of technologies.  Joan has won Innovation and Enterprise awards for this commercialisation work for creativity and bio-entrepreneurship; also having been involved in innovation voucher and Fusion projects.

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