I grew up in Ireland in the 60s and 70s.  After some prevarication, I trained as a general nurse in Heidelberg, Germany, graduating in 1985.  My first son, Oscar, was born in 1987.  I obtained a B.A. in Computer Science, Linguistics and German from Trinity College Dublin in 1991.  Postgraduate study took me to the Cognitive Science program at Indiana University, which had a fantastically dynamic environment, in more ways than one.  My second son, Jack, was born in 1995. An M.A. in Linguistics in 1996, and a PhD with joint major in Cognitive Science and Linguistics in 1997 were the fruits of my time in Bloomington.  My thesis was an experimental study of English speech rhythm, and it tried to establish commonalities in the form of coordination seen in rhythmic speech and in movement of the limbs. I completed one year postdoctoral research at the Department of Lingusitics in Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, and another at the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Lugano, Switzerland.  In 1999, I became a lecturer at University College Dublin.  From 2000 to 2004, I also had a research group in the now defunct Media Lab Europe.

My Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

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