about me

I’m Stephen Flinter, a Scientific Programme Manager with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), working in the Information, Communications and Emergent Technologies Directorate (ICET). Quite a mouthful, eh?

Behold my cheesy corporate pic.

For those of you who don’t know, SFI is an Irish Government agency mandated with funding scientific research in Ireland. We are conceived along the lines of the National Science Foundation in the US.

Within SFI, I’m responsible for a fairly large number of awards, including four CSETs: DERI, Lero, CNGL and CLARITY; two Strategic Research Clusters: StratAG and CLIQUE and a large number of Principal Investigator and Research Frontiers grants. In total, I manage close to €100m of SFI investment in the computer science and software areas.

The purpose of this blog is to provide an insight to what we in SFI do, and to inform our customers (i.e. scientists working in Irish research institutions) how we operate. I would also like to showcase some of the work that our funded scientists are doing, as they appear on the web and in other blogs. This is the human face of SFI, if you like.

I’ll also liberally sprinkle the blog with general stuff that interests me, amuses me or gets up my nose.

Prior to joining SFI, I worked in the software business in Dublin, usually working with small consulting and product development companies. From most recent back, these are Macalla Software (since acquired by Roamware Inc), Connect Global Solutions, recently acquired by Welocalize, Challenge IT Solutions (a company I co-founded with two former colleagues), ebeon (now long gone), ICL (now Fujitsu Consulting) and Syllogic (acquired by Perot Systems).

On top of that, I’ve had a number of private clients that I have consulted for, including the Irish Taxation Institute and Unilever.

Before any of that messy work stuff, I did my degree in the Department of Computer Applications in Dublin City University (class of ’92), and my PhD in the Artificial Intelligence Lab, Department of Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin, where my thesis supervisor was Prof. Mark Keane (now of UCD).

Feel free to check out my LinkedIn profile if you’re really bored at work, and want to avoid writing that document or updating your own blog.

While most of my work is administrative these days, at heart I’m still a hacker. Most recently, I’ve been playing with Ruby, and its associated web frameworks, Ruby on Rails and Sinatra. Having come from the J2EE world, I never cease to be amazed by the productivity of those frameworks. I recently built and deployed semantictweet.com. SemanticTweet is a simple web service that serves your list of Twitter friends/followers as a semantic web FOAF document. Check out semantictweet.com or @semantictweet for more information.

The usual disclaimer: all of the entries in this blog are my own opinion, and are not necessarily those of SFI.

There are many, many ways to contact me.

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