Ciarán Mc Goldrick

Ciarán Mc Goldrick is an Associate Professor at Trinity College Dublin’s School of Computer Science and Statistics. His research spans constrained communications and networking, energy, security and scholarship. He focuses on questions such as: How will future devices and systems work?, as opposed to how do todays devices operate.

Ciarán holds a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering, with specialisms in Control and Signal and Image Processing.  He has been a tenured academic in Trinity College Dublin for almost two decades, and has also held visiting appointments in UCLA.  His research is, and has been, supported by National and International Awards, and he is an also an active advocate for professionalism and excellence in learning and scholarship.

An avid sailor and skier, Ciaran can often be found outdoors, or offshore, in his leisure pursuits.

The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

Any fool can know. The point is to understand.


  • Ph.D. 1998

    Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering

    Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

  • BAI 1992

    Honours Bachelor Degree in Engineering

    Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

  • BA 1992

    BA in Mathematics

    Trinity College Dublin, Ireland


  • Present1999

    Associate Professor

    Trinity College Dublin, School of Computer Science and Statistics

  • 20162016

    Visiting Professor

    UCLA, Department of Computer Science

  • 20152015

    Visiting Professor

    UCLA, Department of Computer Science

  • 19991997

    Research Fellow

    TCD, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.

Recent Attainments

  • 2017
    Champion of EU Research
    Irish Champion of EU Research
  • 2015
    ``Most significant work in its field``
    Publication identified as “The most significant work in its field this year” (2015)
  • 2010-2018
    Chair and Evaluator
    Expert evaluator and assessor for honours degree and graduate programmes in Cloud Computing, Networking, Information Systems, and Systems Security.

    Vice Chair and Evaluator for European funding programmes (call budget ~€540M)

  • 2017
    h-Index: 13
    i10-Index :14
  • 2013
    Professional Recognitions
    Senior Member, Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), 2012

    Senior Member, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2013

    Yachtmaster (RYA), 2013