The Creative Digital Media Lecturing Team

Ian Cudmore

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Ian teaches mainly on the video and audio modules here in CDM, including Drama Filmmaking, Digital Audio, and Advanced Post Production. With an education background in Design and Music & Media Technologies, he has worked for years as a broadcast editor before starting his own production company back in 2009.

With commissions for RTE, The Arts Council among many others, as well as work featured across all Irish and English broadcasters, he really enjoys bringing this experience into the classroom here in ITB, and being a part of the team that helps the students reach their full potential over the course of this degree.

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Hugh McCabe

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Hugh is coordinator of Year 3 of the Creative Digital Media degree. He currently teaches Critical Theory, Professional Practice and Culture, Media, And Technology modules on the programme, and is also responsible for managing the Work Experience in Year 3. He has worked at ITB since 2000 and has developed and taught a wide range of subjects on both the Creative Digital Media and Computing programmes including 3D Modelling and Animation, Multimedia, Web Development, Computer Graphics and Game Development.

Hugh also founded the Graphics and Gaming research group at ITB, has supervised several research M.Sc.s, and published numerous academic papers in that area. His current research interests are in the areas of philosophy of technology, new media and contemporary artistic practice.

Hugh holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from UCD and has also recently completed an M.A. (Art In The Contemporary World) at the National College of Art and Design. He is also a practicing musician and photographic artist who has exhibited work and performed widely both in Ireland and abroad.

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Arnold Hensman

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Arnold Hensman has been a lecturer in the Dept. of Informatics at ITB since 2006, where he has taught a wide range of computing and digital media modules. His current teaching on the Creative Digital Media programme is in the areas of Multimedia Development and Project Management. He has also supervised several projects based around Physical Computing and Robotic media applications.

As a member of the Security Research Lab at ITB, his research specialises in Biometrics and interactive Robotics. Arnold currently holds the role of Erasmus Coordinator for the Informatics department, managing the academic activities of international students. He has developed several digital learning objects for use by computing students and regularly coaches student teams for inter-collegiate programming competitions.

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Daniel McSweeney

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Daniel McSweeney is the current year 4 coordinator of the Creative Digital Media degree. Daniel joined the institute in 2002 and has lectured on both Informatics and Creative Digital Media programmes at undergraduate and post graduate  level.  He has delivered modules on a range of topics including software engineering, software engineering algorithms, graphical user interface design, databases, web design, content management systems, multimedia authoring, eLearning, emerging technologies, year 2 projects and final year projects.

Daniel is originally a computer science graduate but has spent several years working and consulting in the digital media industry in a range of creative and technical roles. Daniel has worked as lead technical consultant on several European funded eLearning initiatives including ProblemSolve, Vocal and SECASE which were funded via Leonardo funding calls.  He also works extensively on the institutes eLearning systems and strategies through the provision of VLE and virtual classroom systems. His current research interests include online pedagogies, eLearning technologies in education and learning management systems.

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Niamh O’Hora

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Niamh has almost 10 years experience working in Graphic, Web, E-Learning and UX design roles. Combined with her Fine Art undergraduate training, she enjoys delivering both creative and technically focused models on the Creative Digital media programme, including several web, visual communications and UX modules.

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Robert Smith

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Robert is lecturer on the Creative Digital Media and General Computing programmes, delivering modules from Introduction to Digital Media to Interactive 3D Environments. With previous industry experience in web development, design and DVD production, Robert’s research interests now lie in Human Language Technologies and 3D animation. Currently, Robert is pursuing a PhD on the topic of Sign Language (3D) avatar synthesis. A full list of modules delivered by Robert is available on his website.

Research Interests

Sign language synthesis, sign language recognition, synthetic signing, humanoid/Avatar animation, 3D interactive systems, attitude and emotion in Avatar animation, non-manual features (NMF’s) in sign language, Sign language notation/transcription methods, Sign language linguistics, SLMT

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Hugh Rodgers

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Hugh Rodgers is an award-winning filmmaker and composer based in Dublin, Ireland. Working in film and television, he has scored internationally award-winning documentaries and dramas, while also directing, producing and editing short films, music videos, documentaries, and online advertisements.

Most recently Hugh co-wrote/co-directed a highly successful online ad for Belong To’s Marriage Equality campaign, called ‘Bring Your Family With You’. It starred notable Irish actors Brian Gleeson, Ruth McCabe, Steve Wall and Denise McCormack and featured the hit-song ‘All I Want’ by Kodaline. It received nearly 500,000 views, was shared by Alec Baldwin, George Takei, and the Oscar-winning writer of ‘Milk’. It was featured by news outlets across the world, including the New York Times and Al Jazeera, and was even both praised and parodied by comedian John Oliver on HBO’s news satire show, ‘Last Week Tonight’.

Last year, Hugh collaborated with Ray Harman on the score for the critically acclaimed documentary feature, ‘One Million Dubliners’, which won an IFTA for Best Editing, the Director’s Choice Award at the Boston Irish Film Festival 2015, The Sanford St. Martin TV Award 2015, Best Feature Documentary at the 2014 Galway Film Fleadh, and was voted Best Irish Film in the 2014 Irish Times Ticket Awards. Hugh also scored an IFTA-winning RTÉ documentary, ‘Somebody To Love’ and the US short drama, ‘Sandboy’, which received its premiere at the New York International Film Festival in April 2015 and is currently doing the international festival circuit.

Hugh is a first class honours graduate of the masters degree in Music & Media Technologies at Trinity College Dublin. He lectures in Creative Digital Media at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, where he teaches the digital video modules in 2nd year.