An exit-analysis as restrictions are lifted during Ireland’s second COVID-19 wave, and what this means for Christmas and beyond.

Now that we know how restrictions will be lifted in Ireland over the coming weeks, and with a special COVID edition of the Late Late Toy Show behind us — truly a Toy Show for the ages — it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. That’s great. Just what…

Why we need help to overcome our congitive biases if we are to live safely with the coronavirus.

Over the weekend I have been thinking a lot about what happens next, as we come out of Level 5, and whether we might be able to live safely with the virus, rather than bounce in and out of further lockdowns. Let’s face it, we have not been doing so…

A analysis of the taper patterns of recreational marathon runners and their implications for race-day performance.

The taper is an important part of marathon training. It refers to a period of lighter training in the 2–4 weeks before race-day. The basic idea is for the runner to reduce their training load in a controlled manner so that their body can better recover from, and adapt to…

Why we needed to move from Level 3 to Level 5 and why we need to change the way we think about virus transmission.

Recently I wrote a piece about whether Level 3 restrictions in Ireland would be sufficient to bring transmission rates back under control. I was tentatively optimistic, because of some early positive indications from Dublin and Donegal, where Level 3 restrictions had already been in place for some time. But it…

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Professor of Computer Science at University College Dublin. Focus on AI/ML and recommender systems, with applications in e-commerce, media, and health.

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