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Short Biography of
Professor Paul Mc Kevitt:

Professor Paul Mc Kevitt is from Co. Donegal (Dún Na nGall), Ireland on the northwest of the European Eunion (EU) and was born in the Year of the Dragon. He has contributed to genesis of `The Imagineering Quarter' [(c) 2009, PM] in the City of Derry~LondonDerry~LegenDerry, which backed the City's successful bid for First UK City of Culture 2013, and is a Board Member of the `Amelia Earhart STEAM Zone' children's STEAM centre registered Charity and the Digital Action Team (DAT) for Digital Derry. He is Director of BLISS (Broadcast Language Identification & Subtitling System), a Proof-of-Concept (PoC) project funded by Invest NI, Vice-Chair of the University's Convocation Executive Committee and directed the 23rd International Loebner Prize Contest in Artificial Intelligence (AI) (2013) held, for the first time on the island of Ireland, during CultureTECH 2013. He is Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and member of the Computer Science Research Institute (CSRI), Ulster University, Magee, Derry~LondonDerry~LegenDerry, Northern Ireland. Previously, he was Head of the Faculty of Arts Research Graduate School (Pro-Tem) and Chair in Digital MultiMedia in the School of Arts & Humanities. He has been Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Visiting Professor of Intelligent MultiMedia Computing in the Institute of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University, Denmark and a UK EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Advanced Fellow in the Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield, England. The Fellowship, commenced in 1994, and released him from his Assistant Professorship (tenured Lectureship) for 5 years to conduct full-time research on the integration of natural language, speech and vision processing. He has been Visiting Professor at LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, Univ. Paris Sud, France, Visiting Fellow at the School of Electronic Engineering, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland, and Research Scientist and Research Fellow in The Department of Computer Science, New Mexico State University, New Mexico, USA. He completed a Master's degree in Education (M.Ed.), at the University of Sheffield, England (1999), his Ph.D. in Computer Science, at the University of Exeter, England (1991), his Master's degree in Computer Science (M.S.), at New Mexico State University, New Mexico, USA (1988) and his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science (B.Sc., Hons.), at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland (1985). He has published numerous research papers in international journals, conferences and books, has been awarded 3 UK/international patents and is co-founder of a Magee campus spin-out company, HidInImage Ltd. He has secured research and education funding from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Ireland (PRTLI-V), the British Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the European Union (Esprit [Open-LTR], TEMPUS, Erasmus, Socrates), The Royal Society, The British Council, Invest Northern Ireland (NISPO Funds, Proof-of-Concept, RTD Networking, Innovation Vouchers), InterTradeIreland (Fusion), Enterprise Ireland (Innovation Vouchers), UK Teaching Company Scheme (TCS) and industry (US WEST Advanced Technologies [Denver, CO, USA], Seagate Technology [Derry/Londonderry], 360 Production [Derry/London]). His primary research interests are in Natural Language Processing (NLP) including the processing of sentiment, emotions, beliefs and intentions in dialogue. He is also interested in Philosophy, Digital Creativity, Digital Empathy and the general area of Artificial Intelligence (AI).