International Women's Day 2020: Jacqueline Humphries is a Computing Engineer with LIT
Jacqueline is a Computing Engineer with experience in both the public and private sectors in IT, technical services and data systems. She joined Limerick Institute of Technology at the Thurles Campus where she lectures in game analytics, and supervises IT students and researchers. She is a former Head of Department for Flexible Learning managing the Institute’s continuing professional development and part-time programmes. She is currently the Principal Investigator on an Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership with multi-nationals in the Medical Device sector on the development of disruptive technologies for the manufacturing industry. She explains that, “the digitization of industry and availability of disruptive technologies such as the Internet of Things, robotics, additive manufacturing, virtual reality and artificial intelligence are providing significant transformative opportunities that change the way we produce”. Jacqueline’s research interest is in the development and deployment of AI driven IT systems for Industry 4.0. Her current project is to create a human-cyber-physical system that can support the operator in real time on quality support using neural net based computer vision systems and scalable IT frameworks. Such systems have a significant computational need that can continue to perform with no lag, in real time and at an affordable cost. Her research therefore considers all layers such as use of robotic systems in conjunction with microprocessors, networking and data transfer considerations; efficient message passing mechanisms at the operating systems layer, the use of application programming interfaces to allow for portability, multi-threading computing for parallelization and concurrency; re-use of code through object-orientated design amongst many other design considerations. The ultimate aim of the project is to deliver improved outcomes in the use of medical device products and disruptive innovations to enable that.