MS Mary Loftus

Part-Time Assistant Lecturer

 
researcher

Biography

I am currently pursuing a research and teaching career in a PhD program at NUI Galway, where I am researching ways of using Probabilistic Graphical Models and other Machine Learning approaches in Learning Analytics in order to improve student learning experiences. I am also teaching part-time on the Internet of Things module - which is part of IT Sligo's BSc in Computing programs.
Previous to this, I spent almost 5 years managing a corporate IT Dept and before that I spent 15 years in IT consulting, e-learning development and teaching.

National University of Ireland, Galway – PhD Student / 2015 - present
Research in Learning Analytics – using probabilistic machine learning to encourage student metacognition and self-direction in learning.

IT Sligo - 2015 - present
Part-time lecturer on IT Sligo
’s BSc in Computing.


GSK Sligo – IT Business Partner / 2011 - 2015
Overall leadership and development of the site IT team and accountability for IT function and strategy, implementation of global standards, management of OPEX & CAPEX, alignment of central project delivery to site strategies and plans. Led global training programs and capability building initiatives across site. From 2012 to 2015, I led a €2m complete site IT infrastructure replacement project including WAN, LAN, Server, Storage & Workstation

National University of Ireland, Galway
– Online Course Developer & Facilitator / 2007 - present
Developed online course materials for modules in a 2yr Masters program – including Software Engineering & Distributed Systems & Artificial Intelligence. Taught these and other modules and enjoyed creating a student-centred, online learning space with students.

Vision Communications
– IT Consultant/1995 - 2011
Served a wide variety of public and private sector clients e.g. Health Service Executive, Local Authorities, Solas/FAS (State Training Agency), Western Development Commission, manufacturing sites: GSK, Hollister Inc, Abbott Laboratories, Magee, Kompass Irl & training companies – Synergy Network, Compupac

Previous Roles:
Sligo Chamber of Commerce - Director / 1995-1996
North Connaught Youth Service / 1989-1995
RTE (College Placement) – Archival & Research / 1987-1989

Research Interests

I am currently in a PhD program at NUI Galway, researching ways of using Probabilistic Graphical Models in Learning Analytics to improve student learning experiences.

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2018) Learning Analytics Knowledge (LAK)
Mary Loftus, Michael G Madden (2018) Probabilistic Graphical Models as Personalised Feedback Learning Analytics Knowledge (LAK) Sydney, Australia, , 05-MAR-18 - 09-MAR-18 [Details]
(2017) ACM WomENcourage
Mary Loftus & Michael G Madden (2017) Ways of Seeing Student Learning – With Machine Learning and Learner Models ACM WomENcourage Barcelona, Spain, [Details]
(2017) NUI Galway & University of Limerick Research Day
Mary Loftus, Michael G Madden (2017) Ways of Seeing Student Learning & Metacognition with Machine Learning and Learning Models (Awarded Best Paper - Indisciplinary) NUI Galway & University of Limerick Research Day Galway, Ireland, [Details]
(2017) EDTECH
Mary Loftus, Michael G Madden (2017) Ways of Seeing Student Learning & Metacognition with Machine Learning and Learning Models EDTECH Sligo, Ireland, , 01-JUN-17 - 02-JUN-17 [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2017 Best Paper (Interdisciplinary) NUI Galway & University of Limerick
2017 ACM WomENcourage Hackathon Association of Computing Machinery Women in Computing

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Association of Computing Machinery Computing 01-JUL-12 / 21-JAN-18