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Martin McGinnity

Martin McGinnity


School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Computing and Technology


Martin is currently a (part-time) Professor of Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics in the Department of Computing and Technology at Nottingham Trent University. He leads the Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics research group at NTU.

Career overview

Martin joined NTU as Dean of the School of Science and Technology in March 2014. In August 2016, he became Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs and Head of the College of Science and Technology. Formerly, he was Director of the Intelligent Systems Research Centre, Acting Associate Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Engineering and Head of the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems at Ulster University.

He was also a Director of the Ulster University’s technology transfer company, Innovation Ulster, and a spin out company Flex Language Services. He was awarded both a Senior Distinguished Research Fellowship and a Distinguished Learning Support Fellowship from Ulster University in recognition of his contribution to research and teaching. Martin is a Fellow of the IETSMIEEE and a Chartered Engineer.

He retired from his post as PvC and Head of College in January 2018 and now focusses solely on research in a part-time capacity.

Research areas

Martin's Research Track Record

Martin is an active researcher. His current research interests are focused on computational intelligence, and in particular on computational systems, which explore and model biological signal processing, specifically in relation to cognitive robotics and computational neuroscience. His work addresses the creation of computational models of neural processing of visual, auditory or tactile stimuli, and the creation of artificial intelligent systems to emulate such sensory processes, with implementations in both software and reprogrammable hardware. His work on cognitive robotics addresses the issues of autonomous learning and skill building in mobile robotics.

He is the author or co-author of over 330 research papers and has attracted approximately £25 million to support his research, from a wide variety of funding sources. He also has a strong interest in innovations in teaching and learning and has attracted substantial funding to support implementation of technology assisted learning in higher education.

External activity

Professor McGinnity is a current or former grant holder on a large number of national, international and EU projects. He is a regular reviewer for national and international research funding organisations and contributes strongly to the research community.His research collaborations include projects with universities and companies through Europe, India, USA, China and New Zealand.

Sponsors and collaborators

Martin’s research funding has included support from the European Union (13 grants), UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, N.I. Industrial Research and Development Unit, UK Dept. Trade and Industry, Leverhulme Trust, NI Dept. Education and Learning,  industry (Citi, Fidessa, First Derivatives, Singularity, NYSE Technologies), Udaras na Gaeltachta Ireland, N.I. Foresight Programme, Science Research Infrastructure Fund 2 and 3, HEA North South Collaborative Research Programme Nireland-Ireland, N.I. Dept. Enterprise,Trade and Investment, EU Interreg, InvestNI, Derry City Council, Enterprise Ireland, Intertrade Ireland and the ILEX Urban Regeneration (Derry)


Some Recent Research Publications include:

For a  full list of publications, see Martin's CV.

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