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Prof Lorraine Hanlon

co-Founder and CEO

Lorraine completed her BSc and MSc in Experimental Physics in UCD and then moved as a Research Fellow to the Space Science department at ESTEC, where she  worked for 4 years as a member of the  COMPTEL team. Her  work on gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) observed by COMPTEL and other instruments on the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory led to her PhD in 1996. She joined the academic staff of the UCD School of Physics in 1997 and has continued to research gamma-ray bursts since then. She led the on-ground software analysis team for the Optical Monitoring Camera on ESA’s INTEGRAL satellite from 1995–1999 and has been awarded proprietary access to GRB data from INTEGRAL every year since launch in 2002. She is the Principal Investigator of the Watcher telescope which is operational in South Africa for over ten years. Her research interests also include developing new technologies for future gamma-ray instruments, under ESA contract.  Lorraine is co-founder and CEO of Parameter Space.

Dr Sheila McBreen

co-Founder and CTO

Sheila completed her PhD in 2004 on the subject of Gamma-ray Burst and Black Holes. She then worked as a Research Fellow in the European Space Agency in The Netherlands. In 2006, she was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship and moved to the Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial physics (MPE) in Germany.  In MPE, she worked as a member of the  Gamma-Ray Burst Monitor (GBM) instrument team, currently operating on the  NASA Fermi satellite. Her role was in analysing real-time data, disseminating the results rapidly to the community and developing new software tools for the scientific exploitation of the GBM data. She joined the academic staff in UCD in late 2008.  Sheila’s scientific interests range from hardware development, to astrophysical transients such as as gamma-ray bursts to terrestrial gamma-flashes (TGFs). The latter are high energy events associated with thunderstorms. She teaches a number of modules on astrophysics and space science in UCD and is co-founder and CTO of Parameter Space.

Daniel Vagg

System Architect

Daniel has extensive experience in a wide range of computing technologies. He graduated with a degree in Physics with Computing (WIT) in 2011, worked for over 2 years as a cloud operations engineer in a mobile start-up company, and later pursued a masters in physics specialising in space science and technology ultimately achieving First Class Honours. During his masters degree, Daniel worked as an intern within Curtiss-Wright leading several software and research projects. Daniel joined Parameter Space in 2014 as the system architect on the Gaia Added Value Interface Platform (GAVIP).

Dr Derek O’Callaghan

Data Scientist

Derek was appointed as a data scientist in Parameter Space in 2015. He completed a Ph.D. in Computer Science (University College Dublin, 2014) that was focused on activity in various online social media platforms, using a combination of social network analysis and text analysis methods, and was also awarded an M.Sc. by research by UCD in 2011. He has twelve years of industry experience prior to returning to research, in a variety of software engineering roles with companies ranging from startups to larger entities such as Sun Microsystems (now Oracle) and Dresdner-Cetelem Kreditbank (now Commerz Finanz) in Germany. His interests lie in machine learning, data analytics, social network analysis, text mining, and software engineering. In Parameter Space, he is primarily working on the simulation and classification of transient sources observed by Gaia.