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.
Dr Derek O’Callaghan
Earth Observation Scientist
Derek was appointed as a Data Scientist at Parameter Space in 2015, and subsequently Earth Observation Scientist in 2016. He completed a Ph.D. in Computer Science (UCD) in 2014, and was also awarded an M.Sc. by research by UCD in 2011. He has sixteen years of industry experience in a variety of data analytics and software engineering roles with companies ranging from startups to larger entities. His interests lie in earth observation, remote sensing, data analytics, machine learning, and software engineering. In Parameter Space, he is primarily working on the development of services leveraging Earth Observation and remote sensing data sources, having previously developed solutions for the simulation and classification of transient sources observed by Gaia.